Holly (She/Hers) is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from National Louis University. She is a Certified Trauma Professional and received sexual assault and crisis intervention training through the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA). She brings clinical experience from the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center in Skokie, IL as well as a variety of evidenced-based therapeutic trainings to the practice. She is also a Certified Tele Mental Health Associate. In addition, she is an active member of state and national professional counseling associations.
Prior to the counseling field, Holly worked in corporate, as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine, as a refugee resettlement worker, and received a Master of Science in International Public Service from DePaul University. Holly has had the privilege of dedicating much of her career to helping people.
Holly’s priority is to build a trusting therapeutic relationship with each whole person. In this relationship, she can attune to each person and naturally hold a gentle and safe space for individuals to deal with and heal from unhelpful thoughts and behaviors, life stressors, adverse childhood experiences, and trauma. Holly believes healing is a collaborative and egalitarian process where clients should feel safe and validated. She is warm, dedicated, intentional, direct, and passionate about her work as a therapist.
Holly is a culturally sensitive, relational therapist who is drawn to working from attachment, feminist, and systems lenses. She received training in Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Trauma-Focused-CBT. She uses a strengths-based, client-centered, and compassionate approach in working with her clients. Holly integrates a range of therapeutic techniques and methods to meet her clients where they are at in the present moment. Other areas of therapeutic focus include Somatic modalities, Breath work, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP).
Specializations and Clinical Interests: anxiety, attachment issues, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, chronic illness, coping skills, cultural and societal oppression, depression, dissociation, divorce, emotional abuse, emotional regulation, first responder work, food allergy adjustment counseling, gender and sexual identity development, life transitions, men’s issues, parenting, parent-child relationships, relationships, school performance, self-esteem, self-harming, sexual assault/abuse survivors, stress/stress-management, trauma/PTSD, women’s issues.
Currently working with: All genders and sexual orientations, older adolescents, and adults. She works with trauma survivors of all ages (3 and up). Individuals and families.
“It is an honor to sit with you and witness your healing journey”-Holly