I believe that even the most negative events have the potential to cause growth and development when we are given the opportunity to work through our emotional wounds, and this informs my approach to therapy.
I became interested in therapy because of unexpected life circumstances. I have lived in many places,
both in America and abroad, and studied international relations at Columbia University in New York City. I had pursued international relations because I was interested in the human interactions at the core of global politics. Although Columbia’s campus
is several miles from the site of the attacks, the events of 9/11 had a major effect on me, as it did on many people in New York and beyond. I was surprised to discover that the stress, terror, and anxiety could lead to and manifest as physical sensations.
So after some twists and turns, and working through these issues, I became committed to helping others regain themselves in times of distress. As a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), I encounter people in all their richness and diversity. And as
a body-oriented therapist, I can help other people learn from their bodies and use them as beacons in the healing process. I specialize in working with adults and parents, and students who are experiencing the destabilizing effects of mood, life changes,
relationship issues, loss, and all forms of trauma. Helping parents recover in therapy is of particular interest to me, because parenting can bring up so many emotions and issues, and without childcare, I know many parents aren’t getting the support they
want and need. For two years I was able to offer on-site childcare which many individuals and couples benefitted from. My new office in Oak Park is space limiting, and so for now I’m not able to do it. I still help new parents find appropriate childcare
when it’s a barrier to coming for help.
Clinical Training: • Advanced Level trainee in trauma treatment, Somatic Experiencing Training Institute • Advanced Level trainee in Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT), Chicago Center for Emotion
Focused Therapy for Couples (CCEFT) • Senior Clinician, STEP Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Center, Inc. • Facilitator, VIP Anger Management Program • Advanced Trainee, San Diego Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis • Clinical Intern, Jewish Family
Services • Clinical Intern, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, Center for Community Solutions • Masters of Social Work., San Diego State University • Bachelor of Arts, Columbia University & London School of Economics
Affiliations: • Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute (SE) • Chicago Center for Emotion Focused Therapy (CCEFT) • North American and New Zealand Institutes for Bioenergetic Analysis (NANZIBA) • Psychology
Today • National Association of Social Workers (NASW) • Neighborhood Parents Network (NPN) • Bump Club and Beyond • MamaTribe • GRASP • The Chicago New MomsGroup • The Fussy Baby Network at Erikson Institute