My practice invites curiosity both inward and outward. Think of a magnifying glass versus a telescope. Inward curiosity magnifies our ideas about ourselves, our own thoughts and emotions, and the stories we hold dear. Like observing the cosmos, outward curiosity explores the possibilities of others and gently challenges how systems work, examining where different stories conflict and where they come together.

While my style is eclectic, I consider myself a “systemic” and “narrative” therapist. I believe that the systems we are in play a profound role in how we form identity, and that our sense of well-being comes from nurturing community and feelings of social belonging. When there is disharmony in our community, in our families, in our relationships, or in our work cultures, we often experience disharmony in our sense of self. Therapy, then, invites self-exploration and encourages us to try out different roles or to make waves within those systems—“be the change” as they say.


Similarly, a sense that there is something wrong within us can lead to deeper examination of the cultural messages we take in, of the quality of our relationships, and of the language we are using to evaluate our problems. Narrative therapy swoops in here to help clients pinpoint their values and the ways their lived experiences illustrate those values, allowing them to move forward with confidence and embrace what is meaningful to them.

Beginning therapy is not without risk. The process may feel daunting or scary at first, but we can frame this as a collaborative adventure, trying out new roles and ways of relating to the world. Through language, we can retell our stories and learn to see ourselves in brand new ways.

"What you risk reveals what you value."

- Jeanette Winterson



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Ask me questions and find out more about therapy! I offer free 15-minute consultations by phone to help you decide whether we might work well together. I don't believe it benefits either party if we are not a good fit, and I will do my best to refer you elsewhere if I'm not what you're looking for. 


One-on-one therapy for teens and adults. For more information about rates and payment, click the "Appointments" tab at the top menu.

Services are LGBTQ/kink/poly affirming.


Collaborative therapy for partners, couples, spouses, and even friends. For more information about rates and payment, click the "Appointments" tab at the top menu.

My practice is LGBTQ-inclusive, kink-knowledgeable, and poly-friendly.


Collaborative therapy for teens, siblings, parents or parent figures, and other systems of support (including roommates, kinship networks, and chosen family!). For more information about rates and payment, click the "Appointments" tab at the top menu.

I work with many different types of families, including same-gender parents, blended families, parents who don't ascribe to traditional gender identities or gender roles, and the families of transgender and gender non-conforming youth.


Tel: 312 - 623 - 1845

Fax: 312 - 256 - 9166

Please do not use contact form to send confidential information.

Although I try to respond to messages as soon as I am able, please allow 48 hours for me to reply.

In cases of psychiatric emergency or immediate danger,

dial 9-1-1,or consult this link about navigating crisis.


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