I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in downtown Chicago and the founder of Bergen Counseling Center. I have experience in treating individuals, couples, adolescents, and families. I specialize in depression, anxiety, self-esteem, work related issues, anger issues, relationship and family issues, abuse and trauma, men’s issues, and substance abuse. I combine an empathetic and individualized approach that emphasizes personal insight into one’s thoughts, feelings and behavior with strength-based and goal-oriented models. I use an integrated theoretical approach including Cognitive Behavioral and Existential Theory to foster meaning, integrative change, and effective healing in people’s lives.
As your therapist, it is my job to support, validate, and help provide clarity into your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and interactions with others. Through this process, it is my hope that distressing thoughts and feelings that provoke symptoms such as depression and anxiety will alleviate, and that you will find a deeper sense of meaning in your work, personal life, and connection with others. For couples, I assist in fostering warmth in your relationship, decreasing explosiveness of arguments, closing the gap of emotional distance, and opening up lines of communication. In families, I assist in addressing negative family dynamics using a family systems approach that focuses on resolving unhealthy interactions, examining the roles of family members, and restoring balance to the family as a whole.
My approach emphasizes addressing the person as a whole and greater than the sum of its parts. For positive growth and change to be effective, it needs to be integrated into all aspects of your life to promote lasting personal well-being. Whether you are experiencing more severe symptoms such as depression and anxiety, or you just have been feeling “off” and overwhelmed by stresses of work, life, and relationships, therapy can be extremely beneficial to increase insight, foster meaning, and provide integrative change into all aspects of your life.
If you are interested in learning more about my services, please call me for a free 15 minute phone consultation.