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About

Personally and professionally, I am deeply committed to social justice and carry this ethic throughout my work on both individual and societal levels.  I believe in the radical acceptance of another through bearing witness, holding space, and co-creating a trusting, connected, and engaged therapeutic relationship.  

As a social worker and artist, I bring a diverse set of skills to my practice.   While earning my Bachelor’s degree, I discovered my passion for social justice through filmmaking.  In 2001, I spent time living in the former Yugoslavia to gather stories of local activists engaged in post-war human rights work.  As they shared their stories with me, I became deeply inspired by their creativity, strength, and resilience amidst significant adversity—an inspiration that fueled my graduate studies in both film and social work. 

For the next nine years, I continued working, both locally and internationally, with individuals and families from the former Yugoslavia who were affected by war, displacement, and immigration.  While video is a powerful and valuable tool for connection, I found that I missed direct interaction with individuals, without the camera.  I transitioned from documenting and sharing the stories of others to becoming formally trained to offer supportive services in the capacity of a clinical social worker.

For more information on my approach to clinical work, click here.

 

Degrees and Certifications

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level II, 2018.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level I, 2016

 

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois, License #149.017993

 

MA in Clinical Social Work, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, 2013

 

MFA in Film, Video and New Media, School of the Art Institute Chicago, 2011

 

BA in Liberal Arts, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington, 2004