As a way to get to know the staff at Riverwalk better, we will be featuring a different clinician each month, discussing personal information about each clinician. The clinician we will be connecting with is:
- “What influenced your decision to become a therapist?”
I think in some ways, I was always a therapist albeit not trained. Growing up in a high stress family as the third of three children, I was always trying to be the peacemaker. I have had my own therapy experiences which were very important in preparing for this role especially doing psychoanalysis for an extended period.
- “What did you do prior to your current role?”
My original career was in marketing & market research. Then, I went through an addictions training program and ultimately received a Masters in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. I have done many things, including case management, crisis assessments, home health social work and developed two successful dual diagnosis programs in Chicago area hospitals. My career goals were to develop a private practice and teach since as a single mother, I needed the flexibility of being able to set my own hours.
- “In what ways do you engage in self-care, including hobbies and leisure activities?”I enjoy getting together with friends on a regular basis, taking my dogs to the dog park, spending time with my now 18-year-old son, riding my bike, going to movies, cooking and Netflix.
- “What is a fun fact about yourself?” I guess that I am from a small town in Indiana and I still regard myself as a “small town girl”.