My parents always used to say that marriage takes work, but really all relationships do. As someone who has been in a relationship with my parents for 48 years, my husband for 25 years,  my kids for 14 and 11 years, I know there are many complexities to communicating using our best selves. This is not always easy. If you find yourself struggling with a relationship, feeling alone, isolated or avoiding someone you love for fear of conflict, I can help.

Why therapy?
Expressing your thoughts out loud can be very powerful. Something happens when you verbalize your feelings. Sometimes you surprise yourself. Realizations occur. Talking to your partner with a third person in the room gives you courage to say things and the opportunity to listen in a way that you might not have before. Having a witness to your conversation may prevent the defensive spiral that often occurs in disagreements.  Defensiveness ends in a lot of emotion and no resolution. Sound familiar?

When you meet with me, we will talk about you, your family and your relationship to so I may understand your specific challenges and help develop goals for getting you to where you want to be. As I have completed Level 3 training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, I will give you a comprehensive assessment. The assessment acts as a guideline for our work together and determines which interventions would be most helpful for you and your partner. We will assess your progress and revise goals . If you are part of a couple, you should begin to see improvements in communication if you take the time to practice your skills at home. If you imagine counseling to be like physical therapy, the healing can only begin and be sustained when the exercises are done regularly at home.

My Experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and received my Masters of Counseling from Northwestern University. In addition, I also have an MFA in Fine Art from Cranbrook Academy of Art. I interned at The Family Institute at Northwestern University and Mainestay Youth and Family Services where I worked with adolescents, individuals and families. I worked at The Bridge Youth and Family Services primarily serving Latina adolescents and their families. In addition to my private practice, I work for the state of Illinois's Early Intervention program as a bilingual therapist helping parents with their children's behavioral issues as well as their relationship concerns.

My Approach
I really want to understand why you are in pain. In order to do that, I combine psychodynamic psychotherapy,  Gottman method, solution-focused, and cognitive behavioral therapy depending on your needs.  Gaining new knowledge is a passion of mine, so I am constantly reading and attending workshops to gain more information and pass on what might be useful for my clients.