Meet the Team
I am a Licensed Clinical Health Psychologist. My training is as a Cognitive therapist, but the therapeutic relationship in my experience works best when a true, collaborative relationship is formed. My focus when working clinically with individuals is helping the individual achieve their goal and attaining their healthiest self (physically emotionally and spiritually).
Along with counseling individuals, couples, and families, I coach leaders and front-line staff in healthcare systems to help organizations and their people achieve their goals.
I served as the Director of the Cancer Integrative Medicine Program and Psychosocial Oncology at Rush University Medical Center for more than 10 years. Primarily, I worked with oncology patients either when they were undergoing treatment or in the post-treatment survivorship period. Additionally, I worked with their family members who may be experiencing increased stress of having a loved one with a life-limiting illness. My work focused on decreasing the emotional distress of having a life-threatening illness as well as providing the strategies to be as healthy as possible. My approach is to work as an emotional coach and helping them to fill their emotional toolbox, guiding them as they proceed on their cancer journey.
Clinically, my work with individuals incorporates a number of modalities that I tailor to meet the psychological needs and goals of each individual with whom I work. These modalities include relaxation therapy, guided imagery, hypnosis and mindfulness training.
I completed my Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of North Texas. Following a Cancer Prevention and Control Fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston where my research involvement included working on a stress management project for breast cancer patients, I completed a clinical fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. My interests have been in the quality of life, spirituality and health, and integrative medicine and integrative oncology.
I have presented to a number of organizations including the Lymphoma Research Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on Integrative Medicine in Oncology as well as Empowering the Caregiver. Additionally, I have provided presentations on Stress Management, Resilience and Coping with a chronic illness. I enjoy the opportunity to educate on the importance of caring for our mind, body and spirit.
My goal is to focus on increasing resilience and assisting individuals to engage in more mindful behaviors with the goal of having an increased capacity to manage their stress more adaptively. My favorite quote is, “it is not how the winds blow but how you set your sail.” I would be honored to help you learn how to set your sail to get through the often rough waters of life.