Illinois LCSW 149.023636
Master of Social Work, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX
B.A. Anthropology and Certificate in Gender Studies, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
- Children & Adolescents
- Parenting & Co-parenting
- Domestic & Intimate Partner Violence
- Anxiety & Depression
- Re-assimilation & Culture Shock
- Trauma-Informed & Strengths-Based
- Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Play Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
A strong and soft heart.
This is what I want for you. A heart with the strength to advocate for yourself and others, stand up for what you believe in, support yourself and your loved ones, find steadfastness in your spiritual journey, be courageously vulnerable, and grow in confidence and resilience to persevere. And a heart that, despite the pain and bitterness, stays soft through feeling every big feeling, loving with compassion and kindness, and having grace for yourself and others. You can have a strong and a soft heart. You can set boundaries and love passionately in your relationships. You can parent with structure and nurture. You can build coping skills for your anxiety and fully validate your overwhelming feelings.
Several years ago in a season of pain, a quote hooked me and kept me coming back…
“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.” – Iain Thomas
If you asked my closest friends or colleagues what I always say I’m striving for, they would tell you “a strong and soft heart.” I became a therapist so that I could be in the “closed door conversations,” sitting with people as they navigate vulnerability and pain, because I believe there can be healing and restoration in every little crevice of our world. I would be privileged to walk through a piece of that story with you.
So often the world makes us hard and the pain makes us hate and the bitterness steals our sweetness. We wrestle through anxiety and depression, feelings of confusion, challenges in relationships that seem difficult to overcome, and overwhelming feelings we don’t know what to do with. This is often what we’re navigating and working towards together in therapy. Humans are resilient – we’re overcomers. We can have strong and soft hearts.