For my undergraduate education, I attended Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. It was during this time, that my desire to directly help others began to solidify. I graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Arts with concentrations in Psychology and French Language. I attended graduate school at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration and earned my Master’s Degree in Social Work in June, 2010. I am licensed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Illinois, and am also a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor.
In the years between my undergraduate and graduate education, I did many things but the most significant of these included working as a teacher with young children as well as interning at a social service agency committed to providing clinical and other services to those living with or impacted by HIV/AIDS.
I have had training and experience working with a wide range of populations and with an array of life issues. While in graduate school, I interned at both a homeless shelter as well as at a community mental health center that specifically focused on providing services to the L.G.B.T.Q. population. I have also worked with adults of various ages who have dealt with challenges related to mental illness, (both in outpatient as well as inpatient hospital settings).
I have found that, though the populations I have worked with have varied greatly, the life struggles and challenges faced have been much more similar than they are different. This sense of interconnectedness and humanity is something I bring into my work.