“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” ~Leonard Cohen
My interest in clinical social work began during my own journey of mental and emotional wellness in my late twenties. I was a teacher at the time and pursuing my Masters in Social Work at Loyola University. I have a background in teaching and taught in an elementary school for fourteen years and early childhood in a Waldorf school for over seventeen years. I worked as a teacher as I was raising my children.
As a teacher, I worked extensively with parent education, supporting adults with their parenting challenges. After over thirty years as an educator, I returned to my interest and study of social work. My renewed inspiration came from shepherding my own mother through her final year of life, and also as a volunteer sharing music in a hospice setting. I realized that I could use music to bring strength, comfort, a sense of humor, and a calming presence to the therapeutic setting. It was then that I knew it was time to return to social work.
Supporting the client on their journey of fulfillment and enlightenment in their mental, emotional, and spiritual health is important to me. I will partner with them, and work in concert with them, towards resolution of life’s challenges. I provide an affirming and creative space in which to explore their challenges. I am aware that we are all perfectly imperfect and evolving into the being each is meant to be. There is hope and it will get better!
My clinical experience includes work with couples using the Gottman method, children and teens that are healing from trauma and struggling with behavioral issues, and individuals dealing with depression, stress, anxiety, and life transitions. I use a variety of strategies to support my clients towards the resolution of the issues they bring to therapy.
My life feels most complete when I make time for walks in nature, creating music, and enjoying time with my family and friends. I have been married for over twenty years and have two teenage children and a rescue dog, Luna Loo. Along with life’s inevitable challenges, there is much music and laughter in our home.