ADULT SERVICES

Many people wonder what it might be like to come to therapy. I view a first session as a consultation—a time for me to get to know you, and for you to experience working with me. This is important because research shows that the most significant factor in a successful outcome is the relationship with the therapist—what might be described as the experience of “feeling felt.” This matters even more than the therapist’s training, the kind of therapy they offer, or what kind of problem the person has.

 

Our emotions form the core of who we are. Understanding them improves the quality of our lives and gives us the perspective we need to have a better relationship with them. While I incorporate a variety of modalities into my work such as CBT, DBT and meditation/mindfulness, I tend to focus on the here-and-now. This means that I pay a lot of attention to what’s happening not just in your life between sessions, but also what’s happening in the room during our sessions. Your past will come up so that we can uncover motives and feelings outside of your awareness, but I don’t believe that spending years talking about Mom or Dad is the most effective way to help you. Instead I take a creative and practical approach that allows you to understand more experientially what drives you and restricts you, and to identify more useful ways of being and connecting. The idea isn’t to get bogged down in the details, but to quiet the “noise” that distracts you, so that you can focus your energy on what’s meaningful, productive, and fulfilling.

 

“Research shows that the most significant part of the therapeutic process is the relationship you have with your therapist.”

 

My unique approach to the therapeutic process consists of a brain-based understanding, coupled with the client's experience and individual needs. Whether they seek a therapeutic relationship within an office or online, my clients walk away feeling connected and equipped with tangible steps toward a happier and better life for themselves and with others. 

 

I have more than a decade of experience in mental health, prioritizing the client-therapist relationship for a deeper connection. I provide a safe, non-judgmental space that provides comfort and leads to successful outcomes. And I offer flexible, accessible options appointments—in-office and online—to foster a trusted partner approach.

Therapy Services for Adults

• Individual Counseling 

• Management of Anxiety and Depression

• Family and Relationship Difficulties

Relaxation and Mindfulness Training​

• Guided Relaxation

• Progressive Muscle Relaxation

• Computer-based relaxation training known
   as biofeedback

• Mindfulness for adults and children

• Various types of meditation for adults
   and children

CONTACT ME

saioa@saioalcsw.org

224.408.0017

5600 North River Road

Suite 800

Rosemont, IL 60018