About Me

Photo by Arryn Hawthorne

Photo by Arryn Hawthorne

I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and a certified alcohol and other drug abuse counselor (CADC) in IL.  I graduated with a Master of Arts in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago in 2007.  I completed my undergraduate studies at Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA.  I have completed additional training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy as well as the State of Illinois Domestic Violence Service Providers 40-hour Training.

In addition to my private practice, I am an instructor in the Professional Development Program at University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration (SSA). Recent prior positions include Clinical Field Consultant at SSA and Program Manager of Recovering With Pride, the substance abuse treatment program of Howard Brown Health.   My clinical training experiences included work with clients with serious and persistent mental illness at Turning Point Behavioral Health Center in Skokie, IL and with children and adolescents in the partial hospitalization program at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, IL.  As the former Program Manager of GLSEN Chicago (now the IL Safe Schools Alliance), I conducted diversity training with over 3,000 school personnel, led policy advocacy efforts, and supported young people in organizing for safer schools.  Other areas of relevant experience have included: crisis evaluation in a hospital setting; crisis line counseling and advocacy for survivors of sexual assault;  patient navigation for cancer survivors; legal advocacy for domestic violence survivors; and case management for individuals living with HIV/AIDS.