As a Clinical Psychotherapist, I have experience working with children, adolescents, and their families. Before graduate school, I worked with children and adolescents in New York as a high school and elementary school teacher during the regular school year and then as an Aquatics Director at a large sleep away camp. It was my ability to connect across these environments that led me to pursue my degree. During my training and clinical experience, I have come to understand how children and adolescents function as well as the systems in which they engage. It is my combined experience and training that has shaped my goal, which is to provide my clients with the tools and context within which they strive and succeed.
I received my Master’s Degree from Adler University and am currently waiting on my dissertation defense to complete my doctorate. I completed my clinical training at a psychiatric hospital, an outpatient clinic, and at a community mental health center. My internship was at New Connections Academy, a private therapeutic day school in Palatine, IL. My primary interests have been working with children and adolescents and their families. I have gained a unique understanding of the problems affecting these populations and how to best help. My training is mainly in “third-wave” models of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). It is through these models, that I attempt to help children and their families work within their systems and environments to help effect change within them and influence their own environments. I also use existential and humanistic principles when working with clients who have suffered loss and are struggling with meaning making in their lives.
Here at AFG, I am honored to work with an amazing multidisciplinary team. I have experience working with complex issues, focusing on treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, parent/child relationships, school refusal, life-transition problems, and general adolescent difficulty. I have a particular interest in working with teens and young adults helping them throughout various stages of their development. Another area that I take interest in and engage in is psychological assessments. Testing protocols are of extreme import to me because it helps illuminate the individual areas of strength and struggle that each unique client brings to the table. It also allows me to glean insight into the personal struggles of my clients.