• About Me

    Growing up going to Music, Arts, and Drama camp, I loved taking the clowning workshop every summer. It was really a great experience just being able to be free and express yourself through play with others!I am a full time school social worker of 17 years who has been also practicing privately for 10 years. In the schools I began a clown troupe that wrote their own plays about social skills and prevention issues. Eventually, our clown troupe evolved into a comedy troupe, and we began incorporating Social Thinking® concepts along with our original mission of teaching about prevention issues such as bullying and being kind. Bringing the idea of Social Theatre to Colleen Hanson, the owner of CORE Connection Counseling in Lisle, IL, she allowed me to begin theatre groups in a clinical setting to practice and teach social skills.As a 2009 recipient of the Heartspring Innovation and Creativity in Special Education Award, I have been able to teach social skills and increase self-confidence with her clients and students. My professional experience has been in the areas of domestic violence, child welfare, and in education serving children of many populations, including children with learning disabilities, attention difficulties, across the spectrum autism disorders, communication disorders, emotional and behavioral difficulties, and multi-needs. My education includes a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from North Central College, a Masters Degree in Social Work from Jane Addams College of Social Work at UIC, and a second Masters Degree in School Administration from North Eastern Illinois University. Along my professional journey, I have collected many different therapy tools including Social Thinking , Mindfulness Training, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

  • Overview
    Degree: Ed M,MA
    Currently Accepting Clients: Yes
    Specialties:
    • Adolescents
    • Anxiety
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Self-Esteem
    • Transition-Aged Youth
    Approaches to Therapy:
    • Activity Therapy
    • Behavior Modification
    • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
    • Eclectic
    • Mindfulness-Based
    Services Offered:
    • Family Therapy
    • Group Therapy
    • Individual Therapy
    Ages Accepted: Child,Young adult
    Clinic Setting: Individual Private Practice
  • License & Certification
    Licensed by State: Yes
    Category: Therapists
    License #: 149011306
    License Type: LCSW
  • Experience
    Role In Relation to Clients/Patients:

    For every session, I plan 45-50 minute sessions including improvisational activities that teach and practice the skills of joint attention, speech and confidence, acceptance and validation of others ideas, social flexibility, as well as specified social skills lessons. At the end, the parents of the participants are brought together with their children to discuss what they learned in the group. The group also concludes the end of the semester by performing skits they learned and collaboratively wrote.

    Gender: Woman
  • My Office
    ADA Accessible: Yes
  • Payment
    Currently Accepting Health Insurance?: Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO