Associate Marriage and Family Therapist -
Hello future clients,
I started my therapeutic journey as a client and understand the magnitude of the initial “first step” into the world of healing. Healing does not come with a map or a “how-to” guide because everyone is unique! My goal is to tap into your natural strengths to help you navigate which route is comfortable for you while cultivating a safe space to shine a light on your inner resiliency. I have experience with individuals, couples, and family systems and recognize the many different “hats” you can wear within those three modes. I believe that boundaries and emotions are a big part of identity security, and my goal is to help you recognize your boundaries in all contexts of your life.
I am a trauma-informed and weight-inclusive therapist and survivor. It is essential to recognize the intersectionality within trauma and understand the varied nature of generational traumas, identifying the different effects of trauma, no matter the developmental stage. I am incredibly proud of my work with grief and have helped many families with terminally ill loved ones (of all ages). I also understand that grief comes in many forms of loss and is not reserved for what society deems “grief appropriate.” Grief sometimes looks like losing a job, being robbed of a choice, not completing a goal due to uncontrollable circumstances, and much more. I will always hold space, be mindful of your needs as a client, and help you process your grief, no matter how long it has been since the loss. Above all, I will believe you, support you, and cultivate a meaningful therapeutic relationship that encourages individuality and self-love. Your life matters, you are worthy, and you are not alone.
My mission is to help you feel more comfortable being your authentic self and help you navigate through the challenges that come along with routinely practicing self-love. As a fat-identifying woman, therapist, and coach, I understand how combining our nuanced experiences, cultural identities, and core beliefs shape how we view and feel about ourselves and our bodies. It’s no secret that love is an action word, and the reality is: Love is hard work. It is a rich and rewarding practice, but it is not always sunshine and rainbows. While it’s impossible to escape uncomfortable moments altogether, community and routine self-acceptance can create space for alternative perspectives and help create pathways toward growth, acceptance, and being more comfortable with the uncomfortable.
I am a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT #119071), practicing under the supervision of Erica Ives (MFT #34566.) I received a master’s degree in Marriage & Family Counseling at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. I am a Certified Social Emotional Learning Facilitator and 200hr Certified Yoga Instructor (March 2022, Breathe4Change.) My grief experience comes from my background as an INELDA-trained Death Doula (International End of Life Doula Association 2017.)
Skills and Expertise
Trauma and PTSD
Polyamory and Nonmonogamous Relationships
Navigating Identity in Relationships
Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
Attention Deficit (ADHD)
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
Couple and Family Systems Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy
Expressive Arts Therapy
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)
Marital Couple/ Family Communication Therapy
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Person Centered Therapy
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Trauma Focused Therapy
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy