Mindfulness is the practice of experiencing life fully and peacefully. Mindful Therapy requires deep listening and full presence in which one person is genuinely and compassionately connecting to another. True presence naturally brings great compassion as the foundation of the therapeutic relationship. This genuine connection enables feelings of being supported, understood, and safely challenged so that painful experiences can be explored and healed.
I have extensive training in varied approaches to psychotherapy, and I apply this expertise to the unique needs of each client. Mindful therapy is a way of living, and I practice with an inherent appreciation and knowledge of the expansiveness of our humanity. My task is to be helpful, and with my training and mindful presence I can truly understand what is needed from the person before me.
I practice from the belief that each of us has an innate desire to live well, happily, and peacefully. Pain is a part of our human experience; it's a part of living and evolving. It weaves in and out of our days, from little things - like just missing the bus - to huge things - like abuse and loss of a loved one. There is a way through pain, and a way to experience it without suffering. No matter how deep our injuries and sorrows exist, we can all heal. It is the triumph of the human spirit.
Painful emotional experiences can create distorted and damaging self-perceptions. Therapy helps us modify these messages and establish healthier life patterns. Current distress offers the chance to develop healthier coping skills and a more accurate self-understanding that enhances future experiences and relationships.
I believe that we are the productive agents of our lives, which can be both empowering and frightening. Life is complex and unpredictable, constantly offering chances to grow and to learn. We always have choices in life, and therapy is an opportunity to become more intentional and thoughtful in the choices that we make.
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I received my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from DePaul University.
After a number of years in clinical practice, heading the family program at a chemical dependency treatment center and facilitating family reunification in the child welfare setting, I received advanced training in Marriage and Family Therapy at the Adler School of Professional Psychology, and a specialized license to practice couples therapy. This advanced training in couples therapy and my continued education allows me to help partners understand their patterns with one another, heal the breaches of trust that may exist, and find peace individually and/or together. As a couples therapist, I help with the identification of inhibiting tendencies that prevent each member of a relationship from being fully available to their chosen other.
My graduate research centered on eating disorders, studying the association between eating and the struggle for identity. This issue, far more common than most people realize, remains a special interest to me. My work with these clients focuses on a shift from patterns of self-abuse, loathing and deprivation to forgiveness, acceptance, and self-care. Our goal is to return to, or perhaps for the first time experience, a liberated and full participation in life. I so enjoy working with people on their goals for physical wellness, in addition to mental and spiritual wellness.
Since becoming a licensed therapist in 2004, I continue to be humbled and enlightened by our innate capacity to heal. I'm dedicated to personal growth and education, and in my work to help others live a life of love and peace. I admire our humanity, and each of our unique stories as we search for meaning and contentment.