I’m passionate about helping people celebrate their strengths, accept their imperfections, and make meaningful strides in their personal journey toward self-awareness.
I integrate mindfulness and meditation practices into our therapy work, paving the way to equanimity—the ability to “maintain mental/emotional calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation or in the midst of strong emotions.”
This grounds us, and helps us feel our emotions without getting reactive. Non-reactivity helps us stay more connected to ourselves—and within our relationships. The modalities I draw on to support my clients include Psychodynamic Therapy (understanding family patterns and early childhood relationships), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness practices, Family Systems, and Positive Psychology.
I’m a licensed psychotherapist in Illinois and Colorado, and I see clients via Zoom or in person in my Louisville office. I’ve been in private practice for 25 years, and consider it an honor to get to know my clients on a personal level. I find it both exciting and a privilege to witness positive growth and change in their lives.
Background and Education
I received my master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University of California in 1994. I was licensed as a Marriage, Family and Child Counselor in California in 1996. After moving to Chicago in 1997, I provided therapy in an IOP program for children and adolescents who were living in temporary housing. Also, at this time, I began my private practice part-time. In 1998, I became the Clinical Manager, providing group and individual supervision to therapists and interns. I left this role in 2000, and became a full-time private practice psychotherapist.
Prior to becoming a therapist, I earned a BA in Communications from Pepperdine University, and pursued a career in public relations and marketing. In my therapy practice, I draw on both my corporate background and my training in psychology to help people in their personal lives and their careers.
My additional studies include specialized training in Group Psychotherapy, and receiving Certified Group Psychotherapist credentials through the American Group Psychotherapy Association. I’ve continued advanced training for couples therapy through Gottman Workshops and Terry Real’s couples training. I’ve also studied Attachment Theory to help couples understand their attachment styles.
Please contact me if you’d like to talk more about my approach, or how it can support your effort toward living a healthy, peaceful life.
Serving the areas of Chicago, IL and Denver and Boulder, CO.