The decision to seek counseling services is one that takes great strength, courage, and dedication. Although to many it can seem to be a daunting process, it is a process that promotes the fostering of beneficial change and can lead to an overall enhancement in the quality and functioning of one’s life. I believe in a collaborative counseling approach. This approach allows for problems to be addressed holistically; examining the problem and taking into account influences that life experiences play in the assessment and treatment process. I strive to create a judgment free, welcoming, respectful, honest, and safe environment where clients can feel free to be themselves without fear of judgment or condemnation.
I operate from a strength-based/solution-focused mindset and believe that clients are the experts in their own lives; are healthy, competent, resourceful; and have the ability and fortitude to foster the awareness and change they desire. Through a collaborative effort, my goal is to aid in the process of self-awareness; striving to promote strength-identification and goal achievement. In addition to this, I support the incorporation of mindfulness, psychoeducation, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) modalities.
I hold an Associates of Arts degree from College of DuPage in Illinois, a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and a graduate certificate in Contemporary Theory in Mental Health Services from Capella University. Currently, I am conducting both my mental health counseling practicum and internship at Yurk Counseling Services LLC in order to obtain my Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Honors and Memberships: Presidents List, Capella University; member – Chi Sigma Iota, the counseling academic and professional honor society international; member – American Counseling Association (ACA).