There is no change without taking action.
You are the change agent in your treatment...but sometimes one needs a boost to get moving again...
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Board Certified National Counselor. I am also Certified as a Grief Recovery Specialist® through The Grief Recovery Institute ® and maintain a private practice in Springfield, Illinois.
My niches include Grief/Loss counseling, Trauma recovery, Innner child exploration & development, Life transitions & adaptations which includes Baby Boomers dealing with job loss/career change, relocation changes, death & non-death experiences. My clientele also includes people who are experiencing problems brought on by depression, anxiety, and stress.
Sessions are interactive and geared toward helping you find solutions and resolutions to the issues you identified as the focus of treatment. With compassion, understanding and empathy,
I work with you from the point of your entry into the counseling relationship to build on your personal strengths as a way to attain personal growth.
awakened my passion of helping those who struggle with emotional, psychological and physical challenges. I have, most often, been on the receiving end of learning
patience and compassion for others. Also, my love of animals and the healing they offer also has been an imprint in my life. I live with my Shit zhu, Zeus and cat, Camille.
Examples of Presentation and Workshops include:
*7 or 12 week Grief Recovery Outreach Program-offered individually or for a small group
*Living Life Fully: Persevering through Loss as We Age
*Integrating Recovery Language: Clinical Documentation Requirements for the Medicaid Rehabilitation Option
*Overcoming Stigma in Mental Health
*Person-Centered Treatment Planning
*Recovery and Supported Employment
*Self-Harming Behaviors in Adolescents
*Strengths Based Case Management
*Trauma and Recovery
*Wellness Recovery Action Planning
*National Alliance on Mental Illness "In Our Voice" Recovery Stories
*"Fighting Stigma" Seminar
*"Recovery Happens" 4 hour seminar
Master of Science in Education, Concentration: Community Counseling, Eastern Illinois University, 1999
Bachelor of Science, Major: Physical Education, Minor: History, Eastern Illinois University, 1982
Licenses & Certifications
National Certified Counselor
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®
Student-in Training, Somatic Experiencing
Awards & Recognition
National Association of Professional Women 2010
People to People Ambassador Programs: Counseling Delegation to Rwanda, 2009
Cambridge Who's Who 2008
National Alliance on Mental Illness, DuPage County Educator of the Year, 2007
In Your Own Voice State Trainer/Presenter
Muscular Dystrophy Association Education Group Facilitator
Wellness Recovery Action Planning Recovery Educator, Facilitator and Trainer
Practicing Somatic Experience as a SEP-in-Training
Money Mangement Volunteer, Senior Serivce Center of Central IL, 2010-2014