To have the career I really wanted, I went back to school to earn a master’s degree in professional counseling. After graduation, I landed a job at a community mental health center where I provided individual and group therapy to adults diagnosed with a serious mental illness. Not only was I seeing the positive mental health outcomes of my patients, but I absolutely loved helping other people with their mental distresses. I enjoy listening to people as they talk about their problems – and most importantly, I’m able to empathize with what they’re going through.
I eventually landed a position as the director of outpatient behavioral health at a hospital that is highly recognized in the State of Illinois for its mental health services. At this hospital, I provided supervision to clinical staff, implemented programming, and made sure we operated according to state standards. As I grew in the profession, I began conducting presentations at organizations around the city of Chicago on mental health issues such as stress, suicide, and domestic violence.
All of this led me to where I am today. I am the owner of Begin Within Counseling & Coaching Services, Inc. in Oak Park, Illinois. I specialize in helping people work through issues dealing with grief and loss. Any loss that is devastating is a loss worth paying attention to. This may include the death of a loved one, the end of a marriage, or the loss of a job.
I enjoy what I do and I look forward to working with you!