I hold a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, where I minored in Psychoanalytic Theory and Therapy. I completed my Pre-doctoral Internship in 2005 at University of Rochester: University Counseling Center and my Post-doctoral Residency in 2006 at Purdue University: Counseling and Psychological Services. While my clinical approach is heavily influenced by classical and contemporary psychoanalytic models, I draw from existential, humanistic, feminist, and mindfulness-based perspectives, as well, and I am ever-cognizant of the role of culture in one's development, experiences, and needs. I have worked in various settings, including hospitals, residential treatment facilities, outpatient programs, university counseling centers (Purdue University, University of Rochester, DePaul University, and North Central College), and private practice.
Engaging in psychotherapy is a most courageous, commendable task. I have enormous respect for the individuals with whom I work, and endeavor to create a solid base of safety and trust from the start. Our work together will focus on deepening your understanding of your concerns, sometimes examining how they developed, so that you'll have a better chance at change and growth that is enduring. Along the way, uncovering one's greatest desires, needs, and fundamental truths often occurs; too often these get lost amidst the 'shoulds' and various other messages we absorb about who or how we are to be.
I generally limit my practice to the treatment of adults. However, in some cases, I do work with individuals 14-17 years of age whose primary concern is an eating disorder. Please feel free to reach out to discuss this option further.
Areas of Expertise
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Body image concerns
Life satisfaction/quality of life
I have particular expertise in treating eating disorders, having provided leadership and specialized treatment for individuals and their families at all levels of care, including inpatient hospitalization, residential, PHP, IOP, and outpatient.