“No relationship can eliminate existential isolation, but aloneness can be shared in such a way that love compensates for its pain.”
——Yalom and Josselson
I was drawn to the work of therapy because I believe in the healing power of the therapeutic relationship. I have experienced the safety offered by this type of relationship as both clinician and client, and believe that this safety creates new harmony and courage within an individual’s self and relationships. I love my work and look forward to the honor of walking alongside you on your journey.
I am an integrative, trauma-informed, and relational psychotherapist whose practice includes Emotionally Focused Therapy as well as tenets of Existential and Systems modalities. Due to my lived experience, I am passionate about supporting the healing of those who experience distress related to conflicts between religious teachings and their sexuality. I also enjoy working with couples to determine cycles of disconnection and rebuild the trust needed for safe vulnerability.
Clients have expressed that I am warm, relatable, and supportive. They tell me that our process together feels valuable to them, and they speak to seeing meaningful progress and change in their relationships to themselves, others, and the world around them. I believe that the client is the expert on their experience, and I approach each session with humble curiosity. I value humor and grace in the therapeutic setting and am an excellent and present listener.
I welcome people of all genders, sexual orientations, relationship configurations, and lifestyles, and am LGBTQ-affirmative.
I acknowledge the realities of racism, embrace an antiracist stance, and strive to be culturally sensitive and honoring of intersectional realities. I also recognize that this is a work in progress for all of us, and invite dialogue when I err. I have an ongoing commitment to educate myself in these areas.
I am meeting clients in person or via telehealth.
Education and Credentials
- MA (Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling), 2020, Adams State University, Alamosa Colorado
- LPC (Illinois Licensed Professional Counselor), #178-016784; under the clinical supervision of Amy Steinhauer, LCSW
- NCC (Nationally Certified Counselor)
- Presence and Pleasure, Illinois Society for Clinic Social Work newsletter, December, 2022