What made you decide to become a mental health provider?
I decided to become a mental health professional for both personal and professional reasons. First, counseling I received in formative years was so supportive and helpful; this experience made me respect and think highly of counseling. Then in college, I began as a Business major and Psychology minor and quickly realized that I had that backwards! My clinical interest, strong respect for the field, and desire to be of help towards others led me to switch my major and minor and I’m so glad I did!
What are your areas of expertise?
My background in the field is quite diverse and I believe this has helped my current therapeutic approach and perspective. I completed my internship in graduate school at the Cook County Jail. Here, I worked in an all-female division for individuals with mental health and substance-related issues and charges. This experience broadened my worldview and taught me the importance of authenticity in the therapeutic relationship.
After graduate school, I worked in community behavioral health for four years. I began in a case management role; however, for most of my time there, I was providing outpatient individual and group counseling services. I gained a passion for group therapy in this position, as well as had the opportunity to form my longest therapeutic relationships and see real lasting growth over time.
Prior to coming to Restorative Counseling I was working in a Partial Hospitalization Program. This experience allowed me the opportunity to help individual with acute symptoms to find hope and an upward trajectory during a very difficult time in their lives. I am thrilled to now bring the culmination of my experience to the work I do at Restorative Counseling.
My Skill Set and Beliefs
I believe that everyone is the expert in themselves. No one will ever know or understand an individual better than that individual themselves. For that reason, I view the therapeutic relationship as collaborative. The clinical skills I bring are to facilitate insight building and skill building to work towards a more fulfilling life. I come from a trauma-informed perspective, meaning I believe adverse experiences impact who we are and how we move through the world. I am mindful of when adverse experiences impact the therapeutic process, as well as knowledgeable about supporting someone through trauma recovery.
Clinically, I subscribe to Relational Therapy meaning I help others understand how what goes on in the therapeutic space is both a reflection of what goes on outside of the therapeutic space, as well as an opportunity to make changes that translate beyond the therapeutic space. This together with Psychodynamic Theory this helps me conceptualize the individuals I work with as well as our work together. In addition, I strongly believe coping skills are necessary to help us all move through life more effectively, and I utilize primarily DBT to assist others to gain the skills to tolerate distress, regulate their emotions, and effectively communicate in their relationships. Often these skills are foundational for deeper insight-building and trauma recovery.
What do you find most enjoyable about your job?
The most enjoyable part of my job to me by far is the relationships I form. I bring my authentic self to every therapeutic relationship and genuinely enjoy working with others to help them feel better about themselves and their lives.
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time I love to garden, cook, listen to true crime podcasts, spend time with friends and play with my puppy!
What is your favorite quote?
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Where would you like to travel?
I have so many places on my bucket list: Thailand, South Africa, Vietnam, Scotland, Cuba, just to name a few. I absolutely love traveling. That being said, I could go back to Italy a thousand times.
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