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  • Founder of Healing From The Inside Out a practice specializing in body-centered    
  • psychotherapy for individuals, groups and couples dealing with issues of trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, adjustment. Facilitates transformational retreats.
  • Co-Creator/Facilitator of Centered and Empowered – an entity partnering with therapists specializing in grief and trauma and healers of various modalities including equine therapy in farm/ranch settings.
  • Published, Emerging Transformed: Facing Grief in the Time of COVID-19 (Medium, April, 2020).
  • Invited member of 004th Police District Domestic Violence Sub-Committee Task Force serving high risk communities 
  • Consultant/Supervisor/Trainer of Maryville Crisis Nursery
  • Former Director and Co-Creator of an innovative, specialized Treatment Foster Care program at Maryville Academy residential program for hard to place youths.



Healing From The Inside Out | 1995 to Present

Advanced Licensed Psychotherapist (LCSW) / Private Practitioner

Provides therapy services for couples, adults, families, and teens. Specializations: loss, trauma, PTSD, marital, relationship, adjustment  issues, communication, behavioral issues, anxiety, depression. Offers group therapy, weekend transformational retreats, Self Acceptance Training, stress workshops, lectures, consultation, supervision and training. 

  • Self Acceptance Training (SAT). Working with trauma through the exploration of held emotion in the body. Once uncovered and expressed in a nurturing and non-judgmental setting, one can experience who they truly are in a given moment, thus creating conditions for self- acceptance and positive and lasting change. Individuals, couples and groups. Weekend retreats. 
  • Self Acceptance Training and Stress Workshops in school setting- Conducting groups, workshops and meditation groups for teachers, sports teams, coaches and teachers. Near North Montessori, Walter Payton High School, Whitney Young High School.
  • Stress Lectures and Workshops –Various Chicago locations
  • Classes on Spirituality – KC, Power of Kabbalah 1 and 2; Women and Spirituality


Conscious Parenting Training and Classes | 2008 to Present

Healing From The Inside Out, Founder/Facilitator

  • Individual training to caretakers and parents of children, teens and young adults
  • Conscious parenting conference-call classes
  • Stress/Meditation workshops for parents, teachers and youth in school setting
  • Maryville Crisis Nursery consultation and supervision 


Child and Family Welfare | 1983 to 1998

Psychotherapist/ Treatment Foster Care Consultant/ Supervisor

  • Illinois Youth Advocate Program: Consultant Treatment Foster Care, supervised therapists and child welfare counselors, Therapist, On-site workshops for students middle and high school- Managing Stress and Self Acceptance.
  • Aunt Martha’s Child Welfare Agency – Consultation, supervision Training in Treatment Foster Care In-Service


Maryville Academy | 1994 to 1998

Director Maryville Academy Treatment Foster Care Program

Developed from ground up Treatment Foster Home Program and Training targeting hard to place youth normally in residential care.

  • Treatment Foster Care Consultant- Maryville Academy-1988-1994
  • Program Manager/ Family Educator- Maryville Academy- 1983-1988


United Charities of Chicago | 1979 to 1982

Program Director

  • Provided programming and counseling to disadvantaged youth in overnight camp setting 
  • Directed girls’ camp and mother daughter program.


Vision Quest | 1982 to 1983

Youth Counselor

  • Youth counselor with this alternative intensive wilderness treatment program for severely troubled teens, which involved traveling nationwide on mule-drawn wagon train.




University of Illinois, Jane Addams School of Social Work, Chicago, Illinois | 1985 to 1987

  • Master Degree in Social Work –LCSW 
  • Internships: Youth Guidance; Maryville Academy


University of Illinois, Champaign -Urbana Illinois | 1978 to 1982

  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology – Mental Health Worker Program
  • Internships: Threshold Adult Treatment Program; Adolf Meyer Mental Health Center; Lincoln Center for the Profoundly and Severely Developmentally Delayed.

Continuing Education – CEU’s – Department of Professional Regulation



  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Foster Family Treatment Association (FFTA)
  • Inter-Agency Referral Committee (IRC)
  • Certified Family Teacher
  • Department Professional Regulation (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)
  • Certified Self Acceptance Training


  • Clinical
  • Self – Acceptance Training
  • Consultation 
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Training / Lectures / Family Systems; Treatment Foster Care Curriculum; Family Teaching Model; Conscious Parenting; Stress; Meditation; Spirituality
  • Workshops / Retreats
  • Leadership – Volunteer, Mentor Chicago and Kabbalah International, Study Group Leader Kabbalah Center Chicago