Background: While at Renz, I have had the opportunity to work with all populations; men, women and adolescents. Prior to Renz Center, I was a counselor at an Out-Patient Substance Abuse Program designed specifically for women and women involved with DCFS.
- Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)
- Qualified HIV Early Intervention Counselor (QHEIC)
- Trained facilitator for SMART Recovery and 7 Challenges
- Bachelor of Science (BS) from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- Certificate of Achievement- Addictions Counseling from Waubonsee Community College
Years of Experience: I have been at Renz Center since November of 2010.
What you enjoy about working as a clinician: I really enjoy working with people. I feel fortunate to work with people and walk with them on their journey, empowering them to lead healthier lives.
Areas of specialty: I run a group called Exploring Safety. This group uses creative, experiential activities and projects to safely explore and process emotions while focusing on safe coping skills. I run a parenting group that follows the Active Parenting Now Curriculum. This group offers clients parenting education in an open and supportive setting. I am also a trained facilitator for SMART Recovery, which is a support group that emphasizes self-empowerment and addresses all types of addictive behaviors, including substance abuse. When working with adolescents, I am trained to use The 7 Challenges approach, which empowers adolescents to make thoughtful decisions about their lives and their use of alcohol and other drugs.
Therapeutic approaches: I think it is important to respect and appreciate that every person is different, bringing a unique set of needs, experiences, and circumstances with them to treatment. By being client centered and by meeting clients where there are at, the approach I use with every client is different and flexible.
Favorite Quote: “Speak in such a way that others listen to you. Listen in such a way that others speak to you.” -Anonymous