I'm a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Michigan and an alumnus of Northern Illinois University, where I completed my graduate training. What makes working with me different, is my emphasis on working from a systemic view. This view encourages clients to understand and explore their relationships, experiences & environments (past or present) that impact their story.
Having completed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training and the certification process for EMDR, I am considered a Certified EMDR therapist. I utilize its techniques in my work with clients when appropriate. For more information on this, please refer to the EMDR page on the website.
I specialize in working with adults with anxiety, depression and survivors of trauma. This focus includes adults whom have had adverse childhood experiences such as emotional stress, neglect, abuse or family conflict.
Being a MFT, I additionally specialize in couples therapy for those whom are struggling to connect emotionally or reconnect after an emotional injury and detachment. I work with the couple towards empowerment of the couple's narrative. In my work, I focus on the interaction or language that has been embedded in the communication between them, that has been negatively impacting their bond. This approach is called Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. For more information, check out my page dedicated to my work with couples.
Aside from being a psychotherapist, I am a lover of personal fashion (which for me, includes anything denim and leopard print) and reflects my interest in every persons individuality. I also enjoy being outdoors with my two large dogs that are responsible for a majority of my aerobic exercise in my life. I have an immense appreciation for the lake life and I consider myself an environmentalist (because access to fresh drinking water/ water is a human right). My self care includes trying my best to connect to nature as much as possible even if that means singing off key to my houseplants that I am often trying to resurrect back from the dead like Micheal Jackson's Thriller (life is a practice so I'm still working on learning the choreography).