Licensed Professional Counselor
MS, LMHC, LPC
Accepting couples for waitlist. Queer, nonbinary trans, attachment-focused with 18 years experience. Individual 18+ and relationship/couples
5651 N Lombard
Provides free initial consultation
Practicing Since: 2005
My mission is to support my clients with a compassionate, creative approach using a cognitive behavioral framework, connecting thoughts, feelings and actions. I want to help people discover ways to heal and move forward in their lives, discover goals they want to set, and individual ways in which they will be meeting those goals. I enjoy helping people explore their gender (or lack of gender) in a safe environment. With couples/relationships I use PACT, an attachment based therapy.
I am trained in PACT: psychobiological approach to couples counseling. PACT is a fusion of attachment theory, developmental neuroscience, and arousal regulation. Understanding how the brain works provides a physiological basis for understanding how people act and react within relationships. In a nutshell, some areas of your brain are wired to reduce threat and danger and seek security, while others are geared to establish mutuality and loving connection.
Our relationships with the people who raised us gave us our foundation for understanding the world: are others safe or not? Can I trust people? As adults, we respond to those we care most about according to our experiences from birth to young childhood. Knowing our attachment styles can give us the ability to choose good partners, and have healthy relationships.
Most of my clients are transgender and/or non-binary. I have taught masters level classes for other therapists on how to support clients around gender, and helping people explore their own gender identity is one of my favorite parts of being a therapist.
I enjoy helping clients learn how to manage bipolar symptoms and live as peaceful as life as they choose. I believe the societal stigma around bipolar is incredibly damaging and I work to help people thrive despite potential negative perspectives out there. I enjoy supporting people find rhythm and balance in their lives through attention to sleep, regular nutrition, awareness of drugs and alcohol on stability, adherence to medication if prescribed, and stress management.
Many of my clients have non-traditional ethical relationship structures, and I have lectured on polyam for other therapists ( the powerpoint presentation is still up on my website)
I specialize in supporting queer premarital and pre-commitment counseling. I believe in setting up the secure attachment foundation before making a big leap such as buying a house, getting married, or having a child can help folks navigate stressful moments without letting their reactions get in the way of caring for their partner's emotional needs.
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