About Me

With an integration of complimentary approaches, I draw from a variety of methodologies and techniques to incorporate what is most helpful for each individual. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my client’s individual needs. I work in a very collaborative manner with children, parents, and adult individuals to help achieve greater emotional balance, insight, symptom relief, and a sense of personal fulfillment.

As needed, I incorporate breathing, relaxation, and guided visualization techniques into my practice as a means of furthering the connection between mind and body, thus helping reduce symptoms associated with stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and insomnia.

I have private practice offices in Northbrook and Evanston, Illinois.

I am a licensed clinical social worker specializing in the treatment of young children and women. In 1989, I graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in religion and obtained a master’s degree in religion from the University of Chicago in 1992. In 1994, I completed my master’s degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration specializing in clinical social work.

In addition to my private practice, I am a certified Yoga for the Special Child and Radiant Child Yoga instructor, helping children of all abilities incorporate yoga into their everyday lives. With the strong belief that many of us have lost the connection between mind and body, I frequently use yoga techniques such as breathing, guided relaxation, and visualization in my work with clients of all ages.

I particularly enjoy working with younger children (preschool through elementary school) who are experiencing anxiety, school phobia, social anxiety, sleep difficulties, and excessive worry. Many of the children I see are struggling to navigate a divorce, illness, or death in the family. My relationship with the parent(s) or guardian(s) of my younger clients represents a very large piece of our work together.

In my work with women, my focus tends to be on helping clients balance the demands of work and family/relationships with the goal of experiencing a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction. My primary goal in therapy is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complimentary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion, understanding, and warmth, I work with each individual to help restore emotional strength and attain personal growth, symptom relief, and insight.

I am continually awed–and inspired–by my clients’ resilience, fortitude, and authenticity.

I live with my family in Evanston.

Education

Princeton University, BA Religion, 1989, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
University of Chicago, MA Religion, 1992
University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, MA Social Work, 1994

Licensure

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, state of Illinois

Additional Training

Certified Yoga for the Special Child instructor
Radiant Child Yoga instructor

Professional Memberships

NASW member
Yoga Alliance

Volunteer Activities

2012–2014: C.O.P.E. (Caring Outreach for Parents in Evanston) coordinator for Orrington Elementary School in Evanston. COPE is a community network of parent volunteers who provide assistance in the form of transportation, meals, clothing, and furniture donation to families in temporary transition or crisis. For more information about C.O.P.E., please visit the following website: https//www.evanstoncope.weebly.com/

Symphony Care weekly visits with my dog, Leo, who is a trained therapy dog. Leo brings a large amount of joy to the residents at Symphony Care who have late-stage dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. To learn more about the organization where Leo and I trained, please visit the Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy website: https//www.rainbowaat.org/

Hineinu Committee, Sukkat Shalom Congregation. Aa a group of volunteer congregants, we provide support to temple members during times of celebration, crisis, loss, or unexpected need.