As a Master’s graduate of Northwestern University’s Family Institute of Counseling, combined with a Master’s In Transformational Leadership & Coaching, the study of group dynamics, psychology, Social-Emotional Intelligence, along with many years of supporting visions for my clients, I understand how to bring out the best in others.
I have a long history of working in the corporate environment with high-level executives and a strong background in the creative industries. I understand what it takes to transform people & environments to realize their potential. As an artist, I see the beauty and potential of everyone I work with. I utilize creative approaches to co-create a unique healing path for each client. Design thinking applied in all areas of life can provide the blueprint of how-to re-wire our potential. I believe that healing is an embodied process of feeling, experiencing, engaging our yearnings and emotions for greater transformation and a more profound sense of self.
I am passionate about personal growth, human potential, and sustainability, which is expressed in my lifestyle, fitness, studies, leadership, and practice as a professional. I continually seek new learning opportunities, ways to expand my practice, what I have to offer to my clientele, myself, and how to give back to my community.
I approach therapy through a humanistic, strength-based, trauma-sensitive lens. With compassion and patience, I have counseled individuals through a variety of life’s challenges, including but not limited to; grief, interpersonal relationship struggles, domestic violence/abuse, family trauma, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, anger management, substance abuse and severe mental illness. I have a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology and as licensed professional counselor I will successfully support you in learning how to better support yourself.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Masters’ degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University. I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and young adults, but I have experience working with people of all ages. I am not your traditional therapist–I like to make therapy a fun and creative place to explore life’s challenges! Because everyone is unique, I utilize an eclectic approach to therapy. I will work with you to tailor treatment that meets your individual needs. I often incorporate things that you’re most interested in, such as games, music, art, etc. I integrate evidence based practices including, EMDR, Mindfulness, Breathwork, Attachment Theory, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Play Therapy, and Early Intervention strategies.
I have worked with people experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, mood management concerns, infertility, self esteem and self-worth, familial issues, family transitions, parenting, grief/loss, and behavioral issues. No matter the issue you are struggling with, I offer a safe and comfortable space to help you process and work toward wellness.
I want to congratulate you for taking the first, brave step toward wellness! I look forward to hearing from you and learning about how I can best assist you as you start this journey!
While working with younger children is my first love, I also enjoy working with pre-teens, teens, young adults, and older adults. I find that working through a person-centered and strength-based lens supports the client in their understanding of being the sole expert and creator of their life, thereby providing the client this freedom to be themselves unapologetically.
I believe in traditional talk therapy and an authentic relationship with my clients, but I also integrate breathwork, EMDR, DBT, and other mindfulness practices that lift up the idea that we are connected in both mind and body. Through support, insight, and understanding, we can enhance the strengths that you’ve ’always possessed within you.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a graduate of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
My approach to therapy is to create a safe space where you can explore and heal the difficult and painful issues that are showing up in your life. Together we will move beyond problem-solving into releasing the deeply held mistaken beliefs and core unresolved issues behind your symptoms. My body-centered and somatic approach allows me to work directly with your nervous system to address symptoms like anxiety, racing thoughts, and irrational fears as well as feeling stuck. depressed and unavailable or unresponsive to life and relationships.
I integrate traditional psychotherapy with coaching. mindfulness, EMDR, Hypnotherapy, Breathwork. Somatic work, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems. Integrative Nutritional Counseling, and other evidence-based approaches. We work together to clear that path so that your most authentic, creative. and passionate self can emerge and shine through. I find that getting to the core mistaken beliefs and unexpressed emotions hiding behind our issues and symptoms allows us to go beyond problem-solving into a transformational space where anything is possible.
I have Masters Degrees in Montessori Education, Clinical and School Counseling, and Transformational Leadership and Coaching. I created Family Engagement programs in over sixty schools that have brought at risk families together while teaching them literacy and relationship skills. I continue to develop emotional intelligence. resiliency, and relationship building programs for school, non-profits. and corporations.
I have always been drawn to understanding the innerworkings of the human mind. I graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a BA in Theatrical Costume Design and a BS in Psychology. In my work as a theatre artist, I thrived in telling realistic and pertinent stories through clothing and style. I also have extensive experience supporting actors in the intimate space of backstage.
I am drawn to psychodynamic theory and uncovering unconscious themes as well as Adlerian theory and seeing individuals in their social context. I am interested in exploring creative coping, the experience of Asians in America, and somatic manifestations of internal conflict. I look forward to hearing your unique story.
Often our experiences, upbringings, and circumstances detach us from who we truly believe ourselves to be. We find that the way we’re doing things is no longer working and we seek to find the answers we have been searching for. It is my honor to accompany you on that journey of reconnecting you to your true, higher Self. I do this by combining multiple, evidence-based modalities of therapy including internal family systems, somatic embodiment, mindfulness, spirituality and using a person- centered approach, always meeting you where you are at and offering you new ways to understand and explore yourself.
I work with clients through a trauma-informed lens, combining somatic tools that help process and physically release stuck pain and trauma out of the body. Research has shown that stress and trauma impact our nervous system and manifest physically through the many health issues and diagnoses our society is strewed with today. Part of our work together will be identifying those sensations and giving them space to express themselves through a variety of methods including breathwork, EFT (tapping), yoga, dance, and other bilateral stimulation techniques. I also incorporate energy healing (reiki), guided meditations, and visualizations into my work with clients.
My background in community health has given me the opportunity to work in an array of settings as well as a diverse demographic of clients and issues. I am skilled and particularly connected to working with folx of color, as well as issues around body image & disordered eating from a HAES perspective, domestic abuse, relationship & attachment issues, PTSD, as well as, intergenerational trauma, first-generation assimilation/acculturation, addiction, grief, depression, anxiety, career development, and spirituality exploration. I identify as Latina and a BIPOC. As a first-generation college graduate from a Mexican-American family, social justice issues such as racism, education, and healthcare have always been something I am extremely passionate about.
Living Well Psychotherapy is fully committed to providing services that affirm the dignity, worth, and value of every individual. We work to create an atmosphere of openness, trust, respect, and safety where diverse attitudes, beliefs, values, and behaviors can be explored and discussed. We seek to understand and honor individual differences, including but not limited to experiences related to: race, ethnicity, national origin, religious and spiritual beliefs, gender, sexuality, physical and mental abilities, size and appearance, and socio-economic status. We strive to provide a welcoming and enriching environment that is conducive to the intellectual, emotional, and social development of our diverse community.