I am a fourth-year Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral candidate at Northern Illinois University. During my free time, I engage in self-care including Starbucks retreats, being with my friends and family (including my fur family), laughing at silly television shows and being in nature. I am a strong advocate for counteracting the oppressive societal shaming of mental health. I encourage all students to come into counseling for preventative and/or remedial support! We are here for you at Counseling and Consultation Services!
I am a fourth-year Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral candidate at Northern Illinois University. I earned my M.A. in human development counseling with an emphasis in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Illinois at Springfield in May 2014. During my clinical work, I have engaged in a plethora of client experiences including facilitating psychoeducational groups for clients with diagnoses of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorders, working with diverse populations including clients with suicidal and homicidal ideations, working with individuals with reoccurring legal issues, mandated clients, clients with substance abuse issues, college students, individuals seeking counseling for depression, anxiety or adjustment issues and clients of varying diverse identities.
This year, I am facilitating a trauma-focused group to help students identifying as transgender individuals. I am also a member of various professional counseling organizations, including the Illinois Mental Health Counseling Association, the Illinois Counseling Association, the Humanistic Counseling Association, the Association for Adult Aging and Development, the Association for Creative Counseling and the American Counseling Association.
In addition to my clinical and professional leadership work, my research interests are focused on multicultural aspects of identity, specifically, in regard to individuals SES and other intersectionalities in relation to their career choice, the identity development of counselors and counselor educators, the prevalence of self-care of professional helpers, multicultural relations in and outside of the counseling room and using and developing creative arts in counseling and/or supervision.
Counselor, Doctoral Candidate, M.A., LPC, NCC