“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it...Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” -Brene Brown
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) with five years of experience providing psychotherapy. I have worked in a wide range of therapeutic settings including intensive outpatient care and managing a private practice in the Madison community. I work with clients affected by depression, anxiety, substance use, trauma, and relationship challenges from individual sessions to group therapy. Originally from Chicago, I moved to Madison during the summer of 2010 to continue my education. I received my undergraduate degree in Social Work, Sociology, and a Criminal Justice Certificate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and my Master’s degree in Mental Health Social Work also at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am currently a Doctoral Student at Walden University studying Clinical Social Work. My Doctoral studies focus on assessing agency structures and programs to develop a comprehensive understanding of the outcomes to improve services offered to clients. My passion for learning and education has led me to become an instructor for the UW-Madison School of Social Work where I closely work with students actively training and learning in the field.
My approach to therapy is client-centered: clients are the experts on their lives and determine the direction and depth of therapy. Through a strengths-based and solutions-focused lens, I draw on multiple treatment modalities to guide clients in identifying strengths and developing treatment plans that accomplish their goals. Through Internal Family Systems Theory and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), I assist clients in exploring relationships among thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to aid in discovering dysfunctional thought patterns leading to self-destructive behaviors and beliefs. Using Parts Work for Complex PTSD and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), I support clients through developing skills: mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation with the goal of moving clients towards a life involving the capacity for experiencing joy and freedom. Outside of my work as a therapist, I enjoy reading, cooking.