Born and raised in California, I had gone to college to be a clinical therapist. In 1980 during college I found myself becoming a youth pastor working with teenagers and young adults. I attended and graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1987 with a Master of Divinity degree. I served churches in Fresno, Calif., Chatham, N.J., Levittown, Pa., Bakersfield, Calif., Palos Park, Ill., and Palos Heights, Ill. During that period, I spent a large amount of my time providing pastoral counseling for individuals, adolescents and families.
In 2000, in addition to doing youth work, I became the Employee Assistance Program Director for Wille Brothers Company in Alsip. There I was available for individual counseling to all employees and their immediate families. That began a long fruitful relationship in which I continue to this day.
In 2005, I finally decided to return to my original plan of being a full time clinical therapist. I attended and graduated with a Master of Social Work degree from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2007. That year I began my private practice working under the supervision of Victor Turner, L.C.S.W. I became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Illinois in 2008.
I love working with individuals and families. I believe that there is no more important factor in people achieving their goals in therapy than a positive mutual trusting relationship between client and therapist. My greatest strength as a therapist is the ability to build relationship and allow people to feel comfortable and safe. My office is a place, I believe, where everyone can feel safe and free from a judgmental attitude that inhibits growth and self discovery.