When I watched my family members step towards recovery from their addiction, it was both exciting and frightening. The prospect and possibility of seeing those closest to me regain control of their life, while still personally feeling so powerless in the process was a duality that I found difficulty resolving. Addiction tore into so many aspects of my family’s life: from strained relationships, mistrust, and financial hardship, to immense grief, sadness, and loss. I’m not sure how we would have survived without the support we received through treatment professionals and connection we received in community support groups.
The story of my family’s journey in the minefield of addiction inspired both my professional journey and a personal mission to invest in other families who battle the addiction of their loved one.
I hold my Master’s in Clinical Social Work and a Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from The University of Chicago. I have worked along many levels of care, including many years as a clinician at an inpatient substance use treatment program in Chicago.
I believe that there is no “one size fits all” approach to recovery. As a clinician, I aim to create a collaborative environment where our clients and families feel supported and safe as they explore the changes they hope to integrate moving forward in their lives. I am particularly drawn to Mindfulness-Based therapies, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and other third generation Cognitive-Behavioral therapies.
For all of us, the process of participating in therapy and contemplating major life changes can be uncomfortable, scary, and may leave us feeling vulnerable. I feel deeply privileged for the trust you place in our relationship. I am grateful to be with my PF clients and families along their journeys.