I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist. I established this practice to create an environment that facilitates a sense of freedom, innovation, and acceptance for your uniqueness and process of healing.
I have provided therapy, advocacy, and supportive services for children ages 3 and older, adults of all ages, and couples for over 7 years and have worked with clients from many backgrounds, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and spiritual beliefs. I have a holistic and solution-oriented approach to therapy that incorporates all parts of the self – cognitive, behavioral, emotional, relational, physical, and spiritual. However, before becoming a therapist, I developed a strong interest in using dance and movement as a tool to help others learn, grow, and heal. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Dance with a minor in Psychology, and have taught dance to underserved youth.
In addition to teaching, I have continued my professional training and experience in many dance forms such as modern, jazz, ballet, latin and ballroom, to develop body-based self-awareness as well as observational and creative techniques that assist me in offering well-rounded support to others. I completed a dual Master’s degree in Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago and began my clinical professional career working at non-profit agencies with trauma survivors, foster care, and military veterans before transitioning into private practice in 2014.
I have a special interest in working with trauma survivors, and have completed the 40-hour sexual assault training through the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, among other trainings on trauma-informed care. I have also completed the evidence-based Nurturing Parenting Program training in order to better serve children and families. I am a member of the American Dance Therapy Association and have presented my work to local and national audiences. I received the 2012 Alumni of The Year Award from Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Creative Art Therapies, for my work and contributions to the DMT field.
Find out more about me, DMT, and my approach to therapy here.