Hello and welcome to my website! I am excited to begin a blog that I hope will improve the psychological well-being of others, whether it is through providing resources, information, links to great articles, or general tips. I hope you find it useful and encourage you to leave comments. But before I do any of that, I would like to introduce myself.
I received a Master's degree in Community Counseling from Roosevelt University in 2006. I immediately began working at a large community mental health center, providing mental health services to adults with high needs. I loved the work and utilized a cognitive-behavioral approach in helping individuals identify and change problematic thought patterns. I also facilitated groups on symptom management and taught coping skills. Additionally, I specialized in working with homeless adults and assisted in meeting basic needs such as housing and food, while still addressing their mental health needs.
I knew that I wanted to remain in this field and that I still had a lot to learn, so I went back to school to work on a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. Eventually, I needed to resign from the agency as the educational requirements and demands became more intense. I completed clinical requirements in diagnostics and therapy. I especially enjoyed my work at an elementary school in Chicago. I provided comprehensive psychological testing to determine learning disabilities, attention and concentration issues, and processing speed problems. I worked closely with teachers to provide classroom recommendations in order to make the child as successful as possible academically. I also provided parents with information on what they could do at home to improve identified areas. This experience created a passion for psychological testing as I saw first hand how much everyone benefited from it.
After graduating and completing a postdoctoral residency, I knew that I wanted to focus on working with kids. I love identifying cognitive strengths and areas of improvement through testing. I also love teaching kids coping skills and strategies, whether they are needed due to ADHD, anxiety, depression, autism, or conflicts with friends and family. I also enjoy working with adults and assisting them with changing thought processes and finding new and better ways to live. I am excited to begin my new venture in Arlington Heights and look forward to working with you.