Grace Couple & Family Therapy

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Let’s connect, heal,
and grow - together!

 
 
 
 
 
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About Me

As a therapist I strive to strike a balance between empathy and challenging my clients to move towards a transformation. Change is hard, and I acknowledge the fact that anyone who seeks therapy has already made a difficult and major step towards bettering their life.

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working in group practice at the Chicago Center for Relationship Counseling. I truly believe that all problems are relational. Humans are wired for connection, and our more basic emotional needs are for unconditional love and support. When we have difficulties obtaining these needs, problems arise. My specialties are helping people improve their communication, grow connections, heal relational wounds, and feel a sense of love and belonging.

I personally employ a "common factors" approach to therapy, using empirically proven factors such as prioritizing a strong therapeutic relationship with my clients to help motivate change and foster connection. I utilize elements of CBT while acknowledging and empathizing with feelings, as well as maintaining authenticity as a therapist and fellow human being.

Expertise

  • Couple Conflict, Infidelity, and ADHD in Couples

  • Communication Issues

  • Anxiety, Depression, Mood and Behavioral Disorders

  • Mother-Daughter Dynamics

  • Men and Emotion

  • Trauma History

  • Family Dynamics and Divorcing Families

  • Helping Professionals

  • Social Justice

As a couple and family therapist, I feel comfortable with all modalities of therapy - I am capable of helping individuals with personal or relational issues, couples of all sexualities, and family systems such as whole families, mothers and daughters, or divorcing parents navigating co-parenting.


Education

The Family Institute at Northwestern University

Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy

I was trained in an integrative model that brings together all the most valuable parts of different therapies and outlines a simple way to implement them with individuals, couples and families. I deeply value my identity as a “lifelong learner”. I am a licensed supervisor of students at The Family Institute, which keeps my perspective fresh, and attend exclusive trainings multiple times each year. I am trained in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) approach to therapy with children who have a trauma background, have a certification in Domestic Violence intervention, and am a professional crisis counselor. 

Florida State University

Bachelor of Science, Psychology and Creative Writing

In addition to a double major, I completed an Honors thesis on Suicide in Anorexia Nervosa Patients and worked with well-known suicide researcher and author Dr. Thomas Joiner.


Experience

Current positions

  • Family therapist in private practice working with couples with communication and/or infidelity issues, mother/daughter duos and families with parenting concerns, and young adult individuals working through anxiety, depression or trauma and seeking identity and relationship satisfaction 

  • Overnight crisis therapist at Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4) working with children with Medicaid, responding to crisis situations and recommending/facilitating treatment 

  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor leading a group consultation and providing individual supervision to other therapists. Consultation is a service I offer

  • Accounting manager at another private practice doing insurance claim submissions and billing. Billing is also a service I offer

Past jobs

  • Behavioral health specialist at two different eating disorder treatment centers 

  • Phone counselor at the National Suicide Lifeline

  • Intern at two different state mental institutions

  • Psychology research assistant and TA

Certifications and trainings

  • CROAR Antiracism Training

  • 40-hour Domestic Violence Training Certificate

  • Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics Training for working with kids with trauma 

 

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