Psychology has been a passion of mine since high school when I took my first psychology class. I attended college at Michigan State University and graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor's degree in psychology. After moving to Chicago, I received my Master's degree in clinical psychology from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology (ISPP). I continued on to receive my doctorate in clinical psychology with a major in child and adolescent psychology.
The majority of my training during graduate school was focused on clients with severe mental illness and psychological disorders that required a higher level of care, such as inpatient hospitalization, therapeutic day treatment and residential care. Through these experiences I have gained a deep appreciation for the difficulties clients face in the treatment and recovery from mental illness and the incredible impact it has on the family. I chose to begin a local private practice so that I can focus my efforts on the prevention of severe mental illness, intervening with kids and teens earlier, to prevent the need for extensive treatment. I work to identify areas of concern, create a treatment plan and quickly reduce symptoms. In meeting clients where they are in their journey, I am able to partner with them to help them reach their full potential.
When I am not in the office, I am with my son and daughter as much as possible. You might even see me in the area running with a cello or flute, looking too busy to talk; just know that I am protecting your privacy by not approaching you, but I will definitely stop for a quick hello if you address me!
I know how important it is to find the right person to assist you or your loved one on this journey. To that end, I want to offer you the opportunity for a brief phone consultation to help you determine if we are a good fit. Feel free to call, text or email your interest in scheduling a phone chat session.