I began working in the mental health field after graduating from college in 1996 and have never looked back. Helping people who struggle with emotional distress is not just my job – it is my passion. My career as a mental health professional includes many different roles including: psychotherapist for individuals, couples, and families, mental health counselor at a university counseling center, family preservation therapist for families involved with the Department of Child Services, addiction counselor/intake coordinator at an addiction treatment center, and intake coordinator/mental health technician at psychiatric hospitals. In its own way, each of these experiences has made me more understanding, compassionate, and better able to help the individuals who come to my office seeking support.
I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Evansville in 1996 and a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern Indiana in 2000. My education at these excellent institutions of learning established a solid foundation for the therapist and counselor I have grown into today.
I am also a member of multiple local, regional, and national organizations including the Rockford Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).