Areas of Practice
Staff provides treatment, training and support services to persons experiencing problems related to emotional and mental illness, or drug and alcohol addiction. Our many services listed below use various forms of evidenced-based treatment in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Individual and group therapy, case management, housing counseling, psychiatric medication, and emotional/cognitive skill building methods of treatment are used.
One-on-one therapy can be beneficial for many reasons and used in a variety of ways; tailored for each client. One of the the most important parts of therapy is the therapeutic relationship; as I find it is often a powerful vehicle for change. I believe much of the way we behave in our present is based on past relationship experiences. Building insight and awareness through our work together can inspire lasting change.
Children and adults
We work with all patients from any age, race, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity from their starting point. Life can challenge us in many ways and therefore therapy will be tailored to each patient's treatment needs. One of the the most important parts of therapy is the therapeutic relationship; as I find it is often a powerful vehicle for change.Expect that your therapist will help you to develop insight and awareness into what causes your distress.
Our psychotherapists have been specifically trained to work with the LGBTQ community, which offers our patients knowledgeable, affirming and safe treatment. Coping with discrimination and oppression, coming out to one’s family, and sorting out an “authentic” sense of self in the face of social expectations and pressures can lead to higher levels of depression, anxiety, substance use, and other mental health concerns for LGBTQ community, which is why we believe it's important so have specialized training that can speak to these unique challenges.
When both individuals in a relationship decide to enter into treatment it can be for a variety of reasons, such as pre-marital/co-habitation counseling, distress within the relationship, communication issues, sexual issues, and rupture and repair work. Whatever the issues may be, I see myself as an unbiased external resource for the couple to use to feel heard and understood in a safe and secure environment.
I have extensive clinical training in working with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) populations. I participated in a year long training program through the Chicago LGBTQ Consortium, which provided in-depth and affirming training on issues that this population encounters. It is important for LGBTQ-identifying individuals to feel safe in the social, work, school, and other organizational environments. I offer an outside training resource to assist groups in completing educational sensitivity seminars; please contact me if you feel this would be of benefit.
Trauma and recovery
Therapy often helps people make sense of their experiences. Therapy will not erase the trauma, but it can decrease painful feelings from that trauma. A therapist can teach healthy coping skills to reduce the severity and frequency of symptoms. Therapy can guide a person to recovery, reaffirming their inner strength. The therapeutic staff has specific training in narrative trauma therapy, EMDR, EFT/attachment therapy, and CBT therapies.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.
As a previous clinical training manager, I find a great deal of interest and honor in providing individuals supervision toward full licensure. I am able to provide supervision to licensed social workers and licensed professional counselors working towards clinical licensing in the State of Illinois. I practice from a collaborative approach in supervision and find the best supervision relationship to be one where both parties have active participation.