I am a Licensed Clinical Therapist and a Certified Mindfulness Teacher – Professional Level, International Mindfulness Teachers Association trained through UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. I have a psychotherapy practice in Libertyville, Illinois offering individual and relational therapy as well as training in meditation and mindfulness. I have a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Psychology, as well as a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology.
My approach to psychotherapy is transformative and holistic, integrating neuropsychology, somatic therapy (body-oriented), Somatic Resiliency work, Internal Family Systems, and Polyvagal theory (working directly with the nervous system).
In my early 20’s I read the words, “I teach one thing and one thing only, suffering and the end of suffering”. Those words of the Buddha resonated with my deepest desire to know inner peace. As a result, I began a daily meditation practice and attending longer meditation retreats. The inner wisdom, compassion and peace I experienced grew into the foundation for how I show up for others both as a therapist and meditation teacher. The foundation of my work is a therapeutic relationship that is built on compassion, acceptance, trust, and understanding.
It is my passion to accompany people on their journey. My clients and meditation students appreciate my ability to be present with them in a kind and non-judgmental way. Guiding people in the process of uncovering their inner goodness, strength and wisdom is a profound joy in my life.
Certified Mindfulness Teacher
-Trained by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach from MMTCP and UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center.
– Certified by Jean Kristellar, PhD. Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness, founder of MB-EAT
-Currently in Dharma Teacher training with James Baraz, cofounder of Spirit Rock, author of Awakening Joy
– Lead facilitator of Circle of Stillness, Lake Forest meditation, subsidiary of Insight Chicago.
– IMTA Certified Mindfulness Teacher, Professional Level (CMT-P) designation
If you are interested in working with me the first step is usually to have a brief conversation on the phone, followed by an initial appointment where we discuss your needs and what you would like to get from therapy.