When I was a child, I felt a calling to help people. The message was clear, but I didn’t know what it would look like. When I went to college, I wanted to study Journalism, but found the British Literature courses very boring! As it happened, I was able to take a psychology class that ignited a passion in me. Understanding people and their struggles and more importantly, how people healed became fascinating. I knew I wanted to be a part of making a difference in the world.
For the past 20 years, I have enjoyed counseling so many awe-inspiring people. I have learned that we all want to be heard, to be seen for who we truly are, and most importantly, to know that we matter. When we do not feel that in our lives, we experience pain and, very often, suffering. It is in those moments, sometimes the most painful moments, that the greatest change can happen. That is the gift of pain — it causes us to move our attention to something that needs acknowledgement, understanding, forgiveness, and/or love.
I received my formal education in Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s Studies from Western Illinois University. I completed my Master’s Degree in Counseling at National-Louis University. As my work experience grew, so did my areas of interest. I have studied many modalities and have had extensive training in Hypnotherapy, Trauma, and Mind/Body/Spirit treatments. I consider myself to be a Holistic Therapist and draw from many different approaches to find the best treatment options for my clients.
My informal education has been real life experiences. Like so many people, I have gone through very challenging and often uncomfortable life events. I believe that the most valuable life lessons have shown up in the form of conflict, discord in relationships, loss, etc. The value of these experiences have been the lessons and wisdom I have gained and can share with others. At the highest and most important level, I am able to have a deep sense of compassion and appreciation for my clients.
Some personal things about me: I love to read! I usually am reading about 4-5 books at any given time. I practice yoga as much as I can, it has been a major life changer for me! I really enjoy cooking, and also love great food. I dislike grocery shopping, but don’t mind doing the laundry. The water and nature are where I feel most alive and restored. I believe we are all here for a purpose and I get so excited talking to people about the deeper things. I could live on peanut butter and be thrilled about that! I love what I do and am so grateful to be able to help people! It gives me such joy.