In 1985, I graduated from Millikin University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and worked at various teaching hospitals in specialty fields of Oncology, Geriatric, & Neurology.
I graduated from the University of Illinois at Springfield with a Master's
Degree in Human Development Counseling. I have been in private practice as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor since 2003.
I provide psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults in individual,
couple and family sessions. I have extensive training and experience in:
Weight management, eating disorders,
couples counseling, family therapy, emotional abuse, childhood trauma, PTSD,
domestic violence, anxiety, OCD, depression, grief counseling, ADHD and
have specialized training in Clinical Nursing,
Eating Disorders, Marriage and Family
Therapy, Play Therapy and principles of
Theraplay. I have
been member of the
Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)
and trained by American Society of
Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) as an advanced hypnotherapist.
I have always
enjoyed promoting physical and emotional health and well-being through my
writing, lectures and workshops. For six
years, I authored a healthy living column, Living Smart, for the State
Journal Register in Springfield, IL and wrote numerous
articles that can be found on:
behealthyspringfield.com and other sites. My co-authored,
self-published book, Freedom from Weight Worries Forever: The Weight Plan for