I approach all of my clients without any judgements and with utmost respect, compassion, love, gratitude, and admiration for their interest, courage, and pursuit of mental health and growth as I believe there is nothing more important in life. I integrate a variety of therapeutic methods primarily grounded in contemplative psychotherapy, CBT, DBT, and a solution-focused orientation. It is most important to me that clients feel safe, comfortable, and that a relationship is built on transparency, trust, and active engagement where clients are able to internalise skills, compassion, knowledge, and wisdom in order to lead a fulfilling, meaningful, peaceful, and happy life without any regrets.
My Professional Background
I have over 14 years of experience providing support to individuals, couples, families, and children spanning the ages of 8-65. I have experience working in group homes, outpatient clinics, schools, in private practice, and in 2015 I organized and lead several holistic healing mind-body international retreats.
Education, Training, and Certifications
- BS Family and Consumer Journalism – University of Wisconsin-Madison
- MA Marriage and Family Therapy – Saint Mary’s University
- DBT Skills Training
- Illness Management and Recovery
- Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment
- Health Model Training
- 500-Hour Yoga Alliance Certification
- Reiki Master Level Certification
- Individual and group meditation retreats
- 4-year Master Course in Nalanda Buddhist Psychology and Philosophy
Out of personal suffering as a child was the understanding that like a lotus born out of mud we can take all experiences as opportunities to increase wisdom, love, and compassion. My core value in life has always been from a young age altruism and I have always been passionate and deeply dedicated to mental and physical health, spiritual growth, and optimal well-being. In my 20’s I was a lot more physically active and ran the Chicago and the Dublin Marathon, taught, and practiced daily Vinyasa Yoga. However when I was 33 I went to India to experience a different culture and further explore holistic healing. A 10-week trip unexpectedly ended up turning into primarily living in Asia over the last six years to immerse myself in living and practicing Ancient Indian Wisdom. Due to Covid I have recently moved back to the U.S. Although I still love to run, I spend the majority of my time meditating and always try to take time to connect to and through nature. In the future I aspire and am working towards doing a solitary 3 year retreat.