Specialties: Included but not limited toAddiction, ADD/ADHD, Adoption, Adjustment issues, Alcohol Abuse, Alzheimer's, Anger Management, Antisocial Personality, Anxiety, Asperger's Syndrome, Attachment issues Autism, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Body Image, Borderline Personality, Career Counseling, Child or Adolescent, Chronic Illness, Chronic Impulsivity, Chronic Pain, Chronic Relapse, Codependency, Coping Skills, Depression, Developmental Disorders, Divorce, Domestic Abuse, Domestic Violence, Drug Abuse, Dual Diagnosis, Eating Disorders, Emotional Disturbance, Family Conflict, Gambling, Grief, Hoarding, Identity, Infertility, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Internet Addiction, Learning Disabilities, LGBTQ Issues, Life Coaching, Life Transitions, Marriage/Couples/Family Counseling Medical Detox, Men's Issues, Narcissistic Personality, Obesity, Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD), Oppositional Defiance, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Pregnancy, Premarital, Prenatal, Postpartum, Racial Identity, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self Esteem, Self-Harming, Sex Therapy, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Addiction, Sexuality/Sexual Identity, Sleep or Insomnia, Spirituality, Sports Performance, Stress, Substance Abuse, Suicidal Ideation, Teen Violence, Testing and Evaluation, Transgender, Trauma and PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Video Game Addiction, Wellness and Self Care, Weight Loss, Women's Issues
Education and Experience:I received my Master’s Degree (MA) in Counseling Psychology as well as my BA in Psychology from Trinity Christian College. Prior to receiving my degree I worked as a CNA with elderly patients who suffered from Alzheimer’s and Dementia. In my undergrad coursework I specialized in working with children and teens with Special Needs, both behavioral and cognitive. My previous counseling experiences have allowed me the chance to work with a variety of diagnoses, cultures and populations in several different settings that include but not limited to; individual, group, inpatient as well as outpatient. During my journey as a counselor I have developed a non-judgmental approach that creates a warm, empathic, genuine, and down -to- earth environment for clients to feel safe. I believe that it is important for the client and myself to build a trusting and respectful relationship so that the client is able to be open and honest about their needs and wants. This allows clients to better identify and develop their own path in achieving goals.
Therapeutic Approaches: I utilize various therapeutic techniques and approaches based on client need, including but not limited to; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Art Therapy, Attachment-based, Coaching, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Culturally Sensitive, Dialectical (DBT), Eclectic, Family / Marital, Family Systems, Mindfulness-based (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Play Therapy, Psychodynamic, Transpersonal.
I work with children, teens, and adults to reach their treatment goals as well as cope with any issues they may face within a safe and accepting therapeutic environment.
I like to develop a treatment plan with the help of my client based on their individual goals and preferences with the guidance of what the current research shows is the best evidenced-based treatment for the presenting issue. In using a collaborative approach and working together we will be able to utilize your strengths to develop a treatment plan and goals that best fit your needs. I believe that it is important for clients to find a good balance in life and assist them in this journey.
In addition to counseling, I enjoy spending time with my husband and 5 children (ages 1-18), some activities I enjoy in my spare time include antiquing, crafting, binge watching shows, traveling, walking in nature, cuddling with my animals, listening to a variety of music, fishing, sporting events, massages and chocolate.
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Portrait Health Centers
20550 S LaGrange Road, Suite 105
Frankfort, Illinois 60423
P: (847) 868-3435
Portrait Health Centers Specializing in Diagnosing and Treating Depression, Attention Deficit Disorders, Nutritional Needs, and Learning Differences in Children, Adults & Seniors