I bring to my practice a diverse background and blending of experiences from the educational, business, and medical communities as well as the mental health field. I earned a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Northern Illinois University. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing since 1991.
Often asked "what do I specialize in?" my answer is my philosophy about people and why I do this work. Even though equipped with many tools and excellent training, I do not have a magic wand. Working with adults, adolescents, and children , I am privileged to hear and share in the pain and joys of my clients and their families. I possess no magic wand nor claim the power for a "happily ever after." I can only walk with clients and support them in their journey for wellness in their life.
Areas of special interest include: anxiety, depression, grief/loss, and the stresses that occur at the transition points in the life cycle of individuals and families.
I have completed training through the Central Indiana Association of Collaborative Professionals as a Divorce Coach and Child Specialist. The goal of Collaborative Practice is "to help each spouse to resolve issues in the divorce process by developing solutions that meet the needs of their family, their children, each other, and their on going future lives." As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I am uniquely trained to empower each person in the dissolution process as well as the Collaborative Practice Team to remain focused on the goals of the Collaborative process. In the role of Child Specialist, I serve as an independent and neutral representative of the child(ren) or their needs.
A believer in preventative education, I welcome opportunities to speak to school, community, and church organizations on topical subjects and family health. I have extensive experience in childhood education and draw on these experiences when presenting psycho educational programs for both parents and teachers of children. I have presented programs on parenting challenging teens, divorce recovery, women's growth groups, and children's groups for building self esteem and social skills.
In addition to my counseling practice, I co-founded and served as Executive Director for PaddleQuest:Adventures of Discovery, Inc.,a 501 (c) (3) non profit corporation, from 2001 - 2011. The organization provided educational experiences in outdoor settings creating opportunities for reflection and self development and served to strengthen one’s connections and sense of responsibility to the human community and natural environment. Reach for the Stars was a 7 day wilderness experience for teens in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota. Other wilderness programs included Women's Journey, Co Ed Journey, and Committed to the Journey for couples.
- Master of Ars in Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
- Bachelor of Science in Education, Northern Illinois Univerisity, DeKalb, IL
- 35001775A Behavioral Health Board, State of Indiana
- 166-000402 Dept. of Professional Regulation, State of Illinois
- 1437126141 National Provider ID
Ongoing Additional Training
40 Continuing Education Units every 2 years per Indiana licensure requirements.
30 Continuing Education Units every 2 years per Illinois licensure requirements
Professional Activities and Memberships
- AAMFT, Clinical Member
- IAMFT, Indiana AAMFT
- Central Indiana Association of Collaborative Professionals