Background: My experience is primarily with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) outpatient treatment. I have provided Risk Education and DUI treatment since 2015. I also have experience facilitating a variety of groups and making public presentations on underage drinking, and DUI awareness.
- Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor (CADC) #32535
- SMART Recovery Facilitator
- IAODAPCA certified DUI Service Provider
- Bachelor of Arts in Communication (BA) focused on Interpersonal and Public Communication from Aurora University
- Associate in Applied Science in Human Service with a focus on Addiction Counseling from Waubonsee Community College
- CADC Coursework at Waubonsee Community College
Employed at Renz Center: Since January 7, 2019
What you enjoy about working as a clinician: I am honored to be a part of others growth process. I enjoy being able to see people grow into a happier, healthier version of themselves. It’s a privilege to be able to help others improve their lives.
Areas of specialty: I work with adult and adolescent clients to determine the best avenue of care for their treatment. I conduct drug and alcohol assessments, as well as, drug and alcohol DUI evaluations and updated DUI evaluations. I facilitate the “Exploring Safety” group with Renz which is focused on understanding feelings and safe coping skills. I am also a trained SMART Recovery facilitator. SMART meetings focus on changing unhelpful thoughts to change behavior-patterns related to any type of addiction.
Therapeutic approaches: My counseling style is individually based. I believe that no one is identical and what works for some, might not work for others. I work on helping clients identify methods best suited to help them reach the goals they have set for themselves. I incorporate motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, art therapy, and mindfulness techniques into my counseling.
- “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
- “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, which is why we call it the present.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
- “You can always give something, even if it is only kindness.” – Anne Frank
- “Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha