Has the pandemic caused you to be aware that you have anxiety, worry or feelings of sadness or loneliness? Have you noticed that sometimes the closest people in your life have the hardest time understanding you? Thankfully, getting help from a professional no longer has the same stigma it once had. If we have feelings of worry, irritability or feel isolated, there is no longer shame in getting help from a Therapist. Whether you are experiencing grief and loss, a battle with a chronic illness, or life adjustments, we can embrace your journey together!
"My passion is working with children and adolescents ranging in age from 3-17; I also have experience with young adults. My specialty areas include ADHD, behavioral issues/aggression, anxiety, struggles with self-esteem and/or identity, emotional/mood difficulties, and childhood trauma/abuse. I also enjoy providing parent training and support. I have engaged in the practices of talk, play, sand tray, cognitive behavioral, lifestyle assessment, and other forms of expressive therapies to assist my clients in altering their behaviors, communicating their needs effectively, managing their anxiety/ mood, or processing past trauma.
My passion is providing individuals from preschool age to teenagers with a safe and non-judgment environment to express themselves. I have always been able to develop a healthy therapeutic relationship with youth. Children are the future, and if they are struggling, therapy can be the way to ensure that their future is positive and bright.
Reaching out for help in our most vulnerable moments can be overwhelming and scary. Sometimes our self talk convinces us that we should figure it out on our own, or that our problems aren’t as bad as they could be - and we find ourselves hesitant to make that next step. I will meet your bravery and vulnerability with compassion, curiosity, feeling, and a bit of humor. I want to center what matters to you, develop skills and abilities, and help you rediscover a fullness in being alive and in your body.
I am not currently accepting new clients, but other therapists at my office are available. I believe that you know yourself better than anyone and that a trusting and secure partnership between client and therapist is essential to successfully reaching your treatment goals. I strive to create this collaborative relationship with you and to provide you with the tools, support, and education necessary to overcome obstacles in your life. We can work together to help you change relationships, negative outlook, or behavior patterns that are holding you back from feeling fulfilled or happy.
You are not broken and you do not need to be fixed. There are some struggles in which you need extra support, an empathic person to hear you, skills and techniques, and a space in which to be you. I am a clinician who has worked with clients dealing with anxiety, depression, substance use, crisis, and family. My approach is to connect with the client while also implementing research based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Focus, Experiential, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Client Centered Therapy.
While I am skilled in working with a wide variety of clients, I most enjoy working with children, teens and adults who struggle with authority figures and themselves. I enjoy helping clients learn to know they are loved and heard. They often feel like they do not have a voice and they rebel because it has been more successful then being respectful to authority figures. The goals for the client would be learning to manage and express their feelings while learning to be respectful to one self and then respectful to others. The child's parents would learn and use positive parenting skills to help instill child's goals.
Cherry Hill Counseling is one of the longest-standing counseling practices in the Northwestern suburbs of Chicago. Cherry Hill has eight locations including: Lake Zurich, Vernon Hills, McHenry, Deer Park, Chicago, Grayslake, and Wheaton. Our counseling services include: individual therapy, family therapy, counseling for children and adolescents, marital and premarital therapy, group therapy, and psychological testing.
Life isn't always in our control (and no, I'm not a fan of that either). In therapy, we can learn to manage the things within our control - so that we are better equipped to contend with life’s inevitable ups and downs. Whether you're experiencing a big transition, stress from everyday life, a personal loss, or a severe mental illness - we can work together to make things easier. I have experience treating individuals with a variety of concerns or mental health diagnoses. I strive to make everyone - of any body shape/size, sexuality, gender, race, religion, or disability - comfortable in the therapy room (and in their own skins).
Life can be challenging sometimes and you just need someone to listen and help you work things out. Maybe you're struggling with stress, anxiety, sadness or find yourself using substances or other distractions to escape. Maybe it's your child or teen who needs help. Perhaps you feel you and your partner, or you and your children just need a neutral party to help you understand and hear each other better.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Johnsburg are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Johnsburg then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Johnsburg, or Child Psychologists in Johnsburg.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Johnsburg psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Johnsburg specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.