I work with primarily with children, teens, young adults, and parents. I believe that stress and anxiety can prevent an individual from recognizing their own strengths and natural abilities to problem solve and confront life’s challenges. My goal is to help your child or teen better understand their specific anxiety, including how that anxiety impacts their relationships and personal development. Once a child can identify their distinct symptoms and triggers, they can then develop specific actions that can increase self esteem, a sense of individuality, and resiliency. With a plan in place, stress, perfectionism, and restlessness decrease, and life satisfaction and the ability to cope increase.
I also work with parents who feel helpless as they watch their child struggle. My intent is to help both children and their parents become experts on anxiety so they can regain joy and control of their lives once more, and have confidence in their own strengths. With parent strategy sessions and collaboration, there are techniques and tools that can help restore peace and equilibrium in your family.
I enjoy supporting young adults as they leave their childhood home and begin to practice more independence. I provide skills to navigate burnout and the stressors that can develop in social, romantic, and workplace relationships as they develop and grow their personal identities.
I earned my master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego in California. In addition to my expertise in treating childhood and adolescent anxiety, I have extensive experience and training in the treatment of eating disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder, specializing in the use of exposure therapy. I have worked both in private practice, as well as in a hospital setting, in both in-patient and out-patient units. I am licensed by the State of Illinois, and participate regularly in continuing education in the field of child and adolescent mental health.
I look forward to connecting with you.