I earned both my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and my Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois. I have over twenty-five years of experience in the field of mental health with an extremely wide range of clients and concerns. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA).
My background is in both the inpatient and outpatient clinical care setting. My outpatient clinical career has encompassed helping clients with issues of all kinds. I have worked with clients in severe crisis to those people who simply want to feel better than they do now – happier, more fulfilled. I see individuals and couples – both teens and adults – helping them to sort through problems they may be experiencing with relationships, family, friends, work, or in school. During my inpatient career, I worked with people in early recovery from substance abuse to those experiencing acute symptoms surrounding anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia both on an individual basis as well as with their families.
I have a history of group facilitation surrounding, but not limited to, the areas of depression, anxiety/stress management, anger management, relationship issues, adjustment difficulties, grief/loss, and phase of life problems. I also currently provide crisis services via referral through the Crisis Management and Assessment Services (CMAS) program of Counseling Associates of Southern Illinois (CASI) to area schools for those students at risk of harm to themselves and/or others.