I hold to a philosophy that each person is unique and that there is rarely a one-size-fits-all solution to our problems in living. I enjoy collaborating with patients about their treatment and hold to a philosophy that assumes "individuals have within themselves vast resources for self-understanding and for altering their self-concepts, basic attitudes and self-directed behavior" (Carl Rogers). I believe the overall treatment process is about creating a space that promotes the patient's ability to effectively identify what might be getting in the way of living a more full, meaningful and prosocial life.
I am integrative in my overall treatment approach, meaning I utilize directive techniques (e.g., CBT) as needed or requested by the patient, but am primarily guided by a more depth-oriented, dynamic, relational and person-centered approach to treatment. I provide individual, group and couples therapy. I have experience working with a broad range of ages and presenting symptoms, but primarily serve adult patients with life adjustment difficulties, trauma, personality disorders, anger management, relationship conflict, OCD, anxiety, depression and addiction. I have received specialized training in Person-Centered Therapy, Interpersonal Process Group Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Exposure with Response Prevention.
I received both my Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctorate (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL. I completed my internship at a psychoanalytic private practice in Louisville, KY, and my post-doctoral fellowship at Rogers Memorial Hospital, Oconomowoc, WI, where I received specialized training in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Upon completing my fellowship, I provided psychological services at a maximum-security prison and have joined Aurora Health Care in order to help fulfill the ever-growing need for sophisticated, thoughtful and compassionate mental health services in our communities.
I am licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services and am also credentialed through the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. Additionally, I am member of the following: American Psychological Association, International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology, Association for The Development of the Person Centered Approach and Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology.
In my leisure time, I enjoy listening to music, taking random road trips, reading, and spending time with close friends and family.