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If you have come this far, you are likely searching for change and want to feel better about your life, but you are not sure how to accomplish it. Up until now, you have been doing the best you can with the knowledge and resources that you have available. I am here to help! I can help you build on your strengths, develop emotional wellness, increase your assertiveness skills, and help you put your goals into action. Together, we can focus on helping you discover how to make healthy changes in your life that will allow for personal and emotional growth, life satisfaction, and self-empowerment.

I believe in finding a sense of purpose and renewed motivation in one’s life.  This can be a difficult decision, but together we can rediscover your passions and your goals. My practice is focused on helping adults and adolescents who are struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, and emotional eating. Although individuals meet with me for all kinds of reasons, the most common issues include mood and anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, substance-abuse issues, social anxiety, panic disorder, overeating, dissatisfaction with life, and individual growth.

When I work with teens, we collaboratively address issues in areas such as anxiety, depression, emotional struggles, anger management, self-esteem, relational and family conflicts, and behavioral situations. I help parents work with their teen to create more structure in their lives, creating healthy patterns and routines that will improve family life and child–parent relationships.

My clients tell me that I am compassionate, easy to talk to, approachable, warm, and funny. My approach to therapy emphasizes insight, self-awareness, and empowerment to help you build a better and more gratifying life. I have knowledge of and experience with cognitive behavioral (CBT), solution-focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). I have extensive experience working with adults and adolescents in a variety of settings including hospitals, emergency rooms, crisis intervention, and outpatient clinics. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and my Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University.

I know that taking that first step can be difficult. I am here for you. Please call or email today to schedule an appointment.  I look forward to meeting you!

Bernadette