I’ve spent my whole life interested in learning what makes us work. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy, I moved on to Northwestern University to obtain a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. I wanted to develop skills and understanding to help others make changes to their lives. I spent years working in social services agencies across Chicago, helping the homeless population secure permanent housing as well as stable, reliable health care. At the same time, I worked evenings as a therapist in private practice, assisting individual clients with a variety of issues. In 2016, I transitioned to full-time private practice at NMK & Associates, and have greatly enjoyed my time assisting individuals and couples reach their goals.
I am a fully Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). I work with many individual clients on issues related to anxiety, depression, relationships, women’s issues, weight loss, career guidance, and life changes/decisions (life coaching). I also do a great deal of work with couples (married, unmarried, and premarital) on building communication skills, better understanding each other’s perspective and needs, and increasing relationship intimacy.
In 2017, I became Group Creative Director of our counseling practice. This was a natural extension of my outside work as a professional (performing & recording) musician and visual artist. My tandem endeavors as a counselor and artist has given me unique insight into building a life that balances both work and creative pursuits, as well as hands-on experience establishing a professional artistic career.
In this realm, I also offer counseling to artist and creatives who wish to better understand their own challenges and/or further develop their artistic careers. I’ve had the pleasure of working with a variety of creative people across Chicago: comedians, musicians, visual artists, and writers, among others. I very much enjoy combining my artistic skills/experience with my counseling work, and am thrilled to bring this unique experience to my clients.
I also have a great deal of experience working with those professionals working in Chicago’s stock market system, as well as programmers and administrators working in Chicago’s burgeoning tech culture.
I very much look forward to working with you. You will find my counseling style warm, empathic, encouraging, comfortable, supportive, injected with gentle humor, nonjudgmental, and motivating. I am also very interesting in mindfulness, helping people gain greater self-awareness, and increasing one’s ability to live in the space of the present moment.