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JENNIFER LARSON, LCPC, NCC Owner|Psychotherapist | Supervisor & Consultant

Jennifer Larson (Karolak) provides:

Individual TherapyCouples & Marriage CounselingTeletherapy & Online CounselingSolution-Focused Services for ParentsConsulting for Professionals and Clinical Supervision & Couples Workshops & Retreats

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) with 20 years in various aspects of the mental health field.  I enjoy providing psychotherapy to individual adults, young adults, and couples who are experiencing barriers to personal, relational, and professional growth and fulfillment. My goal is to help others live a happier and more meaningful life filled with connections.  

I use a warm, strengths-based and yet, direct and challenging approach with a foundation in psychodynamic and relational approaches. Depending on your needs, I draw from trauma-informed, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, body-centered, The Gottman Method, attachment-theory, positive psychology, and family systems theories. Additionally, I believe a key factor in achieving overall well-being and psychological health rests on developing and maintaining healthy boundaries as well as engaging in a good self-care regimen.

Featured as one of Chicago's Most Inspiring Stories and Female Trailblazers, read entire interviews at Voyage Chicago Magazine Downtown's Rising Stars and The Trailblazers - Northwest Chicago.

Although I provide general therapy and counseling services to individuals and couples, here are the areas that I am very passionate about:  

Anxiety and Stress

·         Anxiety Disorders

·         Panic Attacks

·         Stress

·         Work, School, Home & Life Imbalance

Relationship and Intimacy 

·         Dating Struggles

·         Communication Issues and Conflict

·         Come Here / Go Away Pattern

·         Emotionally Disengaged

·         Intimacy

·         Infidelity and Affairs

·         Presence of Trauma, Substance Abuse, and Addiction

· LGBTQI Affirming

Trauma

·         Varying Degrees of Developmental and Relational Complex Trauma

·         The Mind-Body Connection

·         Shame and Low Self Esteem

·         Unresolved Family-of-Origin Issues

·         Invalidating or Less than Ideal Upbringing

Supervision and Consulting

·         Clinical Supervision for Therapists

·         Consulting Services for Therapists Navigating Private Practice

·         Consulting Services for Therapists Who Desire to Strengthen Their Clinical Skills

EDUCATION / TRAINING

I earned an M.A. in Clinical Psychology at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology, graduating with honors, and obtained a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I earned membership into Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology, and Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society.  

I have trained with respected psychotherapists throughout the nation to address the most prominent mental health and relational challenges of the day. I have received training in treating relationship issues, codependency, love, romantic, and intimacy challenges through PCS, Psychological Counseling Services, a well-respected practice in Scottsdale, AZ. Moreover, I completed a number of Certified Sex Addiction Therapists (CSAT) training modules and CSAT supervision offered by Dr. Patrick Carnes and his team at the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP)

Recently I have completed the ‘Treating Trauma Master Series’ training offered by The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM). This training incorporates research-based findings on the neurobiology of trauma, trauma memory in the nervous system, mind-body connection, and effective therapeutic tools and interventions to use with people who have experienced trauma and anxiety.

I have and continue to participate in couples and marriage training workshops through The Gottman Institute, a distinguished organization committed to increasing the understanding of relationships through research. The Gottman Method is a science evidenced-based model used to help couples overcome barriers to their relationship. Listed on the Gottman Referral Network, I have completed the following trainings:  Level 1 "Bridging the Couples Chasm"; Level 2 "Assessment, Intervention, and Co-Morbidities"; Level 3 "Practicum Training"; and 6 Modules "Making Marriages Work by Uncovering Secrets of Sex, Love, and Trust." To bolster my education and professional development with couples, I currently undergo monthly group consultation led by a Certified Gottman Therapist, Master Trainer through The Gottman Institute, trained in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) and who incorporates sex therapy, mind-body connection, and multi-cultural, Eastern influences in couples therapy. While I do not have formal training in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), my husband and I have attended an EFT workshop, and have done my own reading in the area. I have found weaving EFT, sex therapy, and mind-body connection into my couples work to be complimentary and valuable.

I also have experience and training working with adolescents, teens, and young adults.  I have had the privilege of studying and training in the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) model (an evidence-supported model) with its founder Dr. Hewitt "Rusty" Clark while working at Young Adult Services Department at Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4). 

For information on my training in supervision and consultation, please visit here.

My professional background encompasses both the public and private sector. I have worked in social services at C4 and Thresholds, homeless shelter, private practice groups, research settings by administrating a variety of assessments for clinical trials at a number of organizations, including University of Wisconsin-Madison - Wisconsin Psychiatric Institute & Clinic (WISPIC)

A  LITTLE PERSONAL

In addition to my formal training, I believe my rich and steeped life experiences as well as my upbringing and family dynamics have granted me the opportunity to understand people's trials and tribulations, suffering, and anxieties, and at the same time understand one's desire to work through one's issues. I’m ever grateful for the many people, including my family, friends, therapists, and others who have been there for me or touched me in some way during my journey. I am passionate about helping others overcome barriers and heal in order to live a more centered and happier existence.  

I strive to seek and maintain balance in my life, nurturing all of areas of my life so I can feel centered within myself and with others. I love being active with my family, eating and dining at home and a variety of restaurants in the city, spending time with friends, doing yoga and practicing mindfulness, and volunteering within the community.

CHARLES WEISS, LCPC* Psychotherapist

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Charles provides:

Individual Therapy, Couples & Marriage CounselingTween, Adolescent, & Family Therapy, & Teletherapy & Online Counseling   

I bring a combined experience of over 13 years in the mental health, intellectual and disability field. As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) for 6 years, I have provided therapy for people of all ages. I work with children, adolescents, adults and their families in a collaborative manner in addressing their challenges that they are facing. My approach to therapy is guided by empathy, understanding, & empowerment. I view therapy as encouraging individuals to view their life as changeable in which they can identify realistic steps that promotes positive change and well-being.  Coming into therapy is a journey towards self-discovery, self-growth and the ability to achieve their full potential.  I am dedicated in providing a safe and calming environment to help individuals explore their needs in hopes to find healing and wellness.

In session, I often begin with utilizing a person-centered approach to establish unconditional positive regard and acceptance towards my clients by being empathetic, non-judgmental and being congruent to their needs. Utilizing this approach, a client can expect to see a compassionate, empathic and authentic therapist who focuses on the 'here and now' in session. These descriptors help me guide each session in which I can help my clients discover their authentic self and begin to find more purpose and meaning in their lives. I believe people have the ability to understand their internal battles/challenges they are experiencing and have the resiliency to overcome any obstacle they encounter.

Although I provide general therapy and counseling services to individuals, couples, and adolescents and families, here are the areas that I am very passionate about:  

Anxiety 

·         Anxiety Disorders

·         Stressors

·         Fears

·         Panic Attacks

·         Existential Issues

·         The Self & Identity

 Depression & Mood

·         Major and Situational Depression

·         Self Harm

·         Grief and Loss

·         Anger Management

·         Sleep Disturbances

Relationship and Intimacy

·         Identifying Needs

·         Life Transitions and Changes

·         Communication Difficulties

·         Presence of Substance Abuse or Addiction

· Bi-Racial & LGBTQI Relationships

Tweens, Adolescents and Teens

·         Adjusting to School

·         Life’s Challenges

·         Social and Friendships

·         School and Family Challenges

·         Bullying

·         Self Esteem

·         Anxiety and Depression 

·         ADHD

Substance Abuse and Addiction

·         Harm Reduction

·         Relapse Preventation

·         Stages of Change

·         Mental Health & Addiction

EDUCATION / TRAINING

I have earned my Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Drake University in Iowa and Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Argosy University-Schaumburg.

Prior to my work as a psychotherapist, I worked for over 7 years with individuals who have Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, in particular individuals on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which was very rewarding and gratifying in seeing the growth they made on their goals. During that time and prior to entering college, I sought out therapy for myself.  With the incredible guidance from the therapist I was able to re-discover myself, develop a stronger sense of identity, purpose in my life, and propelled me into entering the “helping profession” of being a mental health clinician myself.

While obtaining my masters degree, I completed my internship at the Community Crisis Center in Elgin, working with individuals and families who experienced domestic violence and sexual assault/abuse. This experience allowed me to be even more passionate in wanting to become a therapist and continue helping individuals, couples and families achieve the positive change in their lives. 

My most recent position was as a Floor Supervisor & Psychotherapist at Pilsen Wellness Center and Mulcrone Center for Children in Chicago working with individuals, couples and their families who experienced a multitude of mental health concerns. Some of the multi-cultural populations I served were Caucasian, Latino, African-American, and Native-American, which helped me develop cultural competency when working with diverse populations.  During my time at Pilsen Wellness Center, I had two years of experience working with individuals who have both mental health challenges and substance use diagnoses.  It was incredibly rewarding and gratifying to help people who suffered from both to gain more insight into their mental health symptoms and addiction.

In addition, I have worked at other mental health agencies, including OMNI Youth Services, Thresholds, Clear Brook Counseling, and Keshet.

My training spans across a variety of mental health concerns, such as complex trauma, addictions, anxiety, depression, psychosis, mood disorders, personality disorders, impulse-control, conduct disorders, substance abuse, neurodevelopmental disorders (such as ASD, ADHD, LD, I/DD ) as well as grief and loss. I have experience and skilled at working in various modalities including: Person/Client Centered, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Behavioral Therapy – in particular behavior modification, Anger Management, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness. I have completed The Gottman Level 1 "Bridging the Couples Chasm" training course to further develop my couples therapy skills and obtain ongoing Gottman professional consultation with Jennifer Larson, LCPC, NCC.

A LITTLE PERSONAL

I would not chosen my current career path if it wasn’t for the strong support from my family, friends and therapist who taught me how to not only have compassion for myself, but to have the courage to change the things that I can control. My journey started during my adolescent stage in my life when I sought therapy.  I am incredibly grateful for that experience which has transformed me to be more compassionate and empathize with individuals who are seeking help for themselves.   

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, watching movies and sports on TV, going to museums, being outdoors, exercising and attending to my self-care. 

LCPC* Candidate, currently LPC passed both exams and awaiting for official license from the State of Illinois

JORDAN PERLMAN, M.A., LPC*, NCC Psychotherapist

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Jordan provides:

Individual Therapy, Couples & Marriage CounselingTween, Adolescent, & Family Therapy, & Teletherapy & Online Counseling   

I am an eligible Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)* and National Certified Counselor (NCC) who has been providing services to adolescents, adults, and families in both the individual and group settings for almost 7 years. I recognize the uniqueness of each person and it is my goal to provide a safe and nurturing environment where one’s true self is free to be expressed. I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship which can be curative in itself, which is why it is important to me to bring my most genuine self in order to have an authentic experience in session with my clients. Once the foundation has been set, I build on that relationship and incorporate counseling skills and techniques to gently guide and challenge my clients to help them to meet their therapeutic goals.

In therapy, I help my clients uncover blocks in their lives and support them as they attempt to make changes which I recognize takes a tremendous amount of courage. Therapy looks different based on what my clients hope to achieve from our time together and flexibility is key as it is important to me to use a variety of interventions to adapt my approach to best help you. I often begin with an Existential-Humanistic approach which helps you identify what you value and what choices you can make to live a more authentic existence. Regardless of the struggles which may have caused people to disconnect from their true selves in the past, I believe everyone has the ability to heal by reintegrating those disowned parts of themselves through therapy.

You can expect me to be warm, collaborative, honest, empathetic, and non-judgmental. I use a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach, and I tend to pull heavily from evidence-based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Gestalt, and Body-Centered therapies. In therapy, I use a holistic approach which takes into consideration the mind-body connection of my clients and their overall health and wellbeing.

Although I provide general therapy and counseling services to individuals, couples, and adolescents and families, here are the areas that I am very passionate about:

Anxiety

·         Anxiety Disorders

·         Stressors, Life Transitions and Changes

·         Fears & Avoidance

·         Existential Issues

·         The Self & Identity

Relationship and Intimacy

·         Dating Struggles

·         Communication Issues

·         Attachment Trauma

·         Intimacy

·         Sexual Dysfunction

·         Infidelity

·         LGBTQIA+ affirming

Depression & Mood

·         Major and Situational Depression

·         Suicidal Ideation

·         Sleep Disturbances

·         Pattern Recognition

·         Mood Instability

·         Self Harm

Trauma

·         Varying Degrees of Developmental and Relational Complex Trauma

·         The Mind-Body Connection

·         Survivors of Sexual Assault and Violence

·         Unresolved Family-of-Origin Issues

·         Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

·         Post-Traumatic Growth

The Self

·         Meaning

·         Identity and Purpose

·         Spiritual Issues

·         Disconnection from the Self

·         Mind-Body Connection

·         Shame and Low Self-Esteem

Substance Abuse and Addiction

·         Harm Reduction

·         Relapse Prevention

·         Mental Health & Addiction

EDUCATION / TRAINING

I earned a M. ED in Counseling specializing in Clinical Mental Health from DePaul University and a Bachelor’s of Science from Illinois State University where I studied Criminal Justice and Psychology and graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors.

During my internship at AMITA Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital - Adult Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Program, I was awarded the opportunity to work with many individuals suffering from Anxiety, Depression, Substance Abuse, and Personality Disorders. I ran psychoeducation and process groups and conducted individual therapy, along with couples and family sessions to individuals 18-80 years old.

I also completed The Gottman Level 1 “Bridging the Couples Chasm” training course to further develop my skills in working with couples. I also obtain ongoing Gottman Professional Consultation with Jennifer Larson, LCPC, NCC.

Prior to my experience at AMITA, I completed a 60-hour sexual assault crisis intervention training through Resilience (formerly Rape Victim Advocates). I was able to use my skills to provide crisis-counseling to adult and child survivors of sexual assault (and their loved ones) in emergency rooms across Chicago. I am also an ICASAS Certified Rape Crisis Counselor.

I’ve worked with adolescents in a variety of capacities. During my undergrad, I worked with various organizations mentoring students with behavioral problems. I continued this pursuit during my graduate studies by working with at-risk adolescent girls from Chicago’s 48th Ward Community through a partnership between DePaul Counseling Center and Penedo Charitable Organization. I co-facilitated developmental and educational activities meant to empower teenage girls. I also provided services to gang-affiliated youth at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. I supported them with information on expungement, career counseling, and coping mechanisms, all while recognizing the role systems play in their gang involvement in the first place as no one exists in a bubble.

As a Certified Level II Reiki Practitioner, I am able to combine Reiki work to those interested to help dislodge stored trauma in the body along with traditional psychotherapy. In addition to Reiki, I am passionate about incorporating yoga, body movement, and mind-body connection to those interested.

A LITTLE PERSONAL

I consider myself to be a passionate individual who values integrity, authenticity, self-awareness/self-reflection. As an individual who has experienced my fair share of trauma, including Complex Trauma, I have seen firsthand how relationships can hurt but also how they can heal evident by my own experience in therapy. My journey has allowed me to empathize with the suffering of others’ and I don’t believe I could relate to my clients the way I do having not experienced all that I have. I’ve concluded that people are incredibly resilient which allows us to navigate this never-ending process of change that comes with its fair share of growing pains. My purpose is to assist others in tapping into their personal power as they transition through some of these darker times.

Balance is important to continue doing the work I love and I am grateful to have a strong support network of friends and family. Animals have always been therapeutic for me, and I have a cat named Bella who showers me with unconditional love as I do for her. I also walk dogs on a part-time basis and provide care for other furry friends. In addition to spending quality time with my loved ones, my self-care consists of practicing yoga, spending time in nature, learning, attending concerts (preferably outdoors in the Summertime), journaling, reading, and listening to music.

*Passed NCE exam, awaiting for license.

 

CHRISTIAN YOUNGINER, LPC, NCC Psychotherapist

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Christian provides:

Individual Therapy, Couples & Marriage CounselingTween, Adolescent, & Family Therapy, & Teletherapy & Online Counseling   

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) with experience providing individuals -adults and adolescents, groups, couples, and families with authentic and genuine therapy. My approach to therapy is guided by empathy, understanding, and meaning. I believe there is great power in uncovering one's meaning and purpose- through introspection and knowing the self. Through therapy, one may find methods and techniques to quiet anxiety or cope with loss, but I also believe there is significant value to exploring the self. My priority in session is to provide a safe space for the client to feel and think- as their genuine self. 

In session, I draw from humanistic/existential theories as well as a person-centered approach. Through these modalities, a client can expect to see a caring, empathic therapist who focuses on the 'here and now' in session. These descriptors guide my hand as we work together to uncover and explore. I am also experienced in providing cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused work, should they be wanted. I believe the client has within them the means and ability to act with their own needs in mind- to bring about change in their lives. Thus I want to form a collaborative relationship with each client.

Although I provide general therapy and counseling services to individuals, couples, and adolescents and families, here are the areas that I am very passionate about:

Anxiety 

·         Anxiety Disorders

·         Stressors

·         Fears

·         Panic Attacks

·         Existential Issues

Depression & Mood 

·         Major and Situational Depression

·         Self Harm

·         Grief and Loss

Relationship and Intimacy

·         Identifying Needs

·         Life Transitions and Changes

·         Communication Difficulties

Tweens, Adolescents and Teens

·         Adjusting to School

·         Life’s Challenges

·         Social and Friendships

·         School and Family Challenges

·         Anxiety and Depression

·         ADHD

The Self

·         Meaning

·         Identity

·         Purpose

·         Spiritual Issues

EDUCATION / TRAINING

I earned my Ed.S. from The University of South Carolina in Counselor Education - Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling. I also hold a B.A. in English and Philosophy.

Prior to my work as a therapist, I worked for almost a decade in an unfulfilling corporate job. During that time, I sought a therapist myself. With her support and compassion, I uncovered a deep passion for helping others as I had been helped. It was not until I could look back from a healthier place, that I see how those experiences shaped me and my therapeutic style. 

My most recent position in Chicago entailed working as an Emergency Services Clinician at Garfield Park Behavioral Hospital. I performed intake assessments with children and adolescent patients in this LGBTQ+ affirming, adolescent psychiatric facility on Chicago’s West Side. I also have experience carrying a full-time caseload while interning for a year at The University of South Carolina - Counseling Center providing individual therapy, couples, and group therapy to college students. In my work with college students, I found great joy in the diversity of clients.  In fact, there were times in which I was able to provide a corrective, positive experience for female clients hesitant to see a male therapist. 

My training spans a variety of mental health concerns, such as trauma, addictions, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and grief and loss. I have experience and am skilled at working in various modalities including: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Theory for Trauma, Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT),  Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness and Biofeedback. 

In addition, as a scholarship recipient of the American Academy of Psychotherapists, I had the opportunity to receive intensive group therapy professional development.

I have worked with families of at-risk youth, providing  them with Bowenian and Strategic Family Therapy. I am Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI) certified, meaning I have training in identifying safety risks and de-escalation techniques. 

My graduate degree is in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling where I developed a foundation in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) and The Gottman Method, the two most prominent and research-based models for working effectively with couples. In addition to my formal education in the area of marriage and couples, I have completed The Gottman Method Level 1 “Bridging the Couples Chasm” training and obtain ongoing Gottman professional consultation with Jennifer Larson, LCPC, NCC.

A  LITTLE PERSONAL

Since moving to Chicago a year ago, I have enjoyed spending my free time exploring the city and discovering exponentially better (and more) restaurants than in South Carolina. In my day-to-day, I enjoy reading, playing drums and guitar, and cooking.

My journey towards being a therapist began sitting across from one. So to move to the other chair and help others in the way I was helped is an honor and a privilege. It is through those experiences that I hope to bring authenticity and genuineness. 

KELSEY LAMM ROTTMULLER, M.A., LPC*, NCC* Psychotherapist

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Kelsey provides:

Individual Therapy, Couples & Marriage CounselingTween, Adolescent, & Family Therapy, & Teletherapy & Online Counseling 

I am an eligible Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)* and National Certified Counselor (NCC) with experience providing services to individuals – adults and adolescents, groups, and families. My approach to the therapy relationship is guided by empathic understanding, genuineness, and the belief in clients’ inherent capacity for positive growth. I provide a safe and affirming space in which individuals can come to therapy openly and honestly. I believe in working together with individuals to identify challenges and remove obstacles to find greater fulfillment and meaning in their lives.

In therapy, I use a collaborative approach, starting with empathy, acceptance and unconditional positive regard, with foundations in person-centered and humanistic theories. Depending on your specific needs, I integrate trauma-informed, LGBTQI affirming, sex-positive, mindfulness and body-centered perspectives into our work. In our time together, clients can expect a warm, authentic, non-judgmental therapist with a focus on the client’s present experience within various systems and respective of intersecting identities. I believe in the resiliency of clients and the strength of a congruent therapeutic alliance to affect positive change towards living a more balanced and holistically healthy life.

Although I provide general therapy and counseling services to individuals, couples, and adolescents, and families, here are the areas that I am very passionate about:

 Anxiety

-       Anxiety and Panic Disorders

-       Stressors, Life Transitions and Adjusting to Changes

-       Work, School, Home & Life Imbalance

-       The Self & Identity

Relationship and Intimacy

-       Dating Struggles

-       Communication and Attachment Issues

-       Intimacy and Sexual Concerns

-       Identifying Needs

-       Kink, Poly, and Non-Monogamous Relationships

-       LGBTQI Affirming

-       Sex-Positivity

 Depression & Mood

-       Major and Situational Depression

-       Self-Harm

-       Suicidal Ideation

-       Mood Instability

 Trauma

-       Varying Degrees of Developmental and Relational Complex Trauma

-       Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

-       The Mind-Body Connection

-       Unresolved Family-of-Origin Issues

-       Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

-       Post-Traumatic Growth

 The Self

-       Identity and Purpose

-       Spiritual Issues

-       Disconnection from the Self

-       Shame and Low Self Esteem

-       Eating Disorders

-       Career Transitions

-       Boundaries

 Tweens, Adolescents and Teens

-       Adjusting to School

-       Social Life and Friendship

-       Family Challenges

-       Bullying

-       Self Esteem and Self Efficacy

-       Social Media Wellness

-       Anxiety and Depression

 Substance Abuse and Addiction

-       Harm Reduction

-       Relapse Prevention

-       Stages of Change

-       Mental Health & Addiction

-       Identifying Support Systems and Additional Resources

 EDUCATION/TRAINING

 I earned an M.Ed. with Distinction in Counseling specializing in Clinical Mental Health from DePaul University, where I also earned membership into Kappa Delta Pi, The International Honor Society in Education. From the Theatre School at DePaul University, I earned a B.F.A. in Stage Management.

During my internship at Chicago Counseling Associates (CCA), I worked with individuals ranging from 20-50 years old navigating Anxiety, Depression, Substance Abuse, Trauma, Adjustment issues, Relationship concerns, and Gender and Sexual Identity development. I also had the honor of creating and facilitating support and process groups for individuals working in the entertainment industry. 

For over 3 years I provided academic tutoring, counseling services and wellness workshops to adolescents and their families at The Education and Counseling Center at DePaul, where I also created and facilitated a support and process group for undergraduate theatre students navigating work and school transitions, professional identity development and interpersonal conflict management.

To complement my work as a trauma-informed psychotherapist, I received certification and 60 hours of Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault crisis intervention training through Resilience (formerly Rape Victim Advocates), where I also provided crisis counseling and advocacy services to adult and child survivors of sexual assault and their families of origin and choice. As part of my graduate training, I delivered career-building workshops to adults re-entering the workforce after severe life changes.

 Prior to my work as a psychotherapist, I worked for over 15 years as a stage, production, and events manager in theatre, circus, opera and dance with various entertainment companies. Overlapping with that experience, I worked for over 6 years in higher education, serving as the Production Coordinator at The Theatre School at DePaul University. While there, I found the greatest reward in mentoring and training undergraduate theatre students while collaborating with various production processes and operations management.

Leading up to and throughout my education and training, I was fortunate to receive support and guidance through my own personal therapy, which affirmed for me both the power of the therapy relationship and the desire to become a mental health clinician in the service of others. My experience as a client instilled in me a belief in the power of resiliency and a stronger sense of purposeful identity.

To further develop my efficacy in working with couples, I completed The Gottman Level 1 “Bridging the Couples Chasm” training course and obtain ongoing Gottman professional consultation with Jennifer Larson, LCPC, NCC. I have and continue to participate in training workshops in gender and sexual identity.

A LITTLE PERSONAL

I am an individual whose varied and rich life experiences have supported my values of authenticity, self-awareness and pursuing one’s passions, even if the path taken is not the most direct. Through my journey in personal trauma recovery and changing careers, I have found the courage to change things within my power in my life that no longer fulfilled me and humility in my ongoing development and learning. Beginning my therapy experience as a client in my adolescence has shown me how to more deeply empathize with the struggles of others while also showing myself greater compassion.

As one who values balance and strives to nurture all aspects of my life, I draw a great deal of support from my family, friends, and fur-babies. To feel at my best within myself and in relationships with others, I enjoy spending as much time outdoors as possible; backpacking, hiking, rock-climbing, camping, and general adventuring, preferably with my two and four-legged companions. In my leisure time, I also enjoy practicing yoga, aerial fitness, and meditation or attending and supporting the arts.