I am a licensed social worker (LSW) with experience helping women across the lifespan in diverse outpatient mental health settings. I use a trauma-informed, relational approach to connect with you and support you as you navigate your experience as a woman. Together, we will discover what it means to be your authentic self within your partnership, family, or community. Together, we will discover your innate capacity to flourish.
My approach to therapy is trauma-informed and strengths-based. My belief is that healing occurs in the context of mutually-satisfying and supportive relationships, and that you already have the strengths within you to live the life you envision. Through the therapeutic relationship we build together, we will create a compassionate space for you to explore and discover these strengths. I utilize mindfulness, cognitive, and relational theories to guide our work together.
Why I’m a Therapist:
My passion for perinatal mental health has developed from my lived experience as a woman and partner forming an identity within society at large, and more specifically, a cultural community. This stage of life is full of unpredictability, ups and downs, joys and challenges, growth and loss. It can feel confusing and isolating. Memories of our own experience of being mothered can resurface. What I have learned, however, is this: you are important, you are deserving, you are enough. We will create a space of self-understanding and self-compassion for you to discover your own resilience and what it means for you to flourish. You are worthy of a place to explore the role of being a woman and the identity shift of becoming a mother. Above all, you are not alone in this, and with help you will be well. It will be a privilege to sit with you and bear witness to your story, to hold the space for you to explore your values and your worth, and to be with you as you discover your strength.
Education & Training:
I received a Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago where I studied therapy and counseling. Since graduating, I have completed further training in Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy and the treatment of relational traumas. I have also trained with Postpartum Support International to treat Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs).
Areas of Specialization:
I provide individual, couples, and group therapy with specialties in the following areas: anxiety, depression, identity development, grief and loss, birth and relational traumas, transition to parenthood, attachment issues, infertility, fertility issues in the context of religion and spiritual observance, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and women’s issues across the lifespan.