As a psychotherapist and Certified Sex Therapist, I offer a place and a process to help individuals and couples feel better. Together we will explore what and how you want to change. We will identify your unique strengths and also evaluate what's not working. Throughout your efforts, I will value you, work to understand you, and encourage your growth.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with masters degrees in Social Work and Gender Studies from Loyola University Chicago. Prior to moving to Grand Rapids, I built a thriving and respected private practice in downtown Chicago. I completed my sex therapy training at Loyola University Hospital and the University of Michigan, and am certified through the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). Ultimately these credentials mean that I can skillfully navigate the deeply personal worlds of mental health and sexual wellness. My practice is a secure place to explore both, and your privacy and emotional safety are of the utmost importance in our work.
Most clients come into my office wanting to feel more connected in their relationships, more secure in themselves and their bodies, and more optimistic about their futures. They want to thrive, not just survive. I appreciate the trust placed in me as we achieve these goals and am direct, compassionate and relatable. As you learn new tools to navigate life and care for yourself, you'll find I give honest feedback and have a sense of humor.
I provide general psychotherapy for issues including, but not limited to:
It is not unusual in general therapy for sex or sexuality to show up as areas that people want to discuss more. When they do, I welcome that conversation. This is one benefit of having a general therapist who also specializes in sex therapy.
Therapy is a valuable, rewarding investment in one's self.
I work with individuals and couples in sex therapy with a focus on sexual issues including, but not limited to:
Sex therapy is talk therapy. It never includes nudity, intimate touch, or any sexual contact during therapy sessions. As it's helpful, I will often give homework exercises for couples to do together at home in between sessions.
I offer daytime and evening appointments. Therapy sessions last for 50 minutes and occur in person in my office. Whether you contact me by phone or email, the personal information you share will come directly and only to me. I will return your correspondence within 24 hours, and usually sooner.
I am out-of-network with all insurance. If you wish to submit receipts for our sessions to your insurance company for reimbursement, I can provide the necessary documentation to you. Sliding scale may be available based on need. Payment is due at the time of service and I accept cash, checks and HSA/Credit/Debit cards.
I provide case consultation to other therapists who are seeking guidance in working through sexual issues with existing clients. This collaboration is helpful to therapists who aren't formally trained in sex therapy, but who appreciate the significance of sex and sexuality in their clients' lives. I can help you open the door to those conversations in new and thoughtful ways. Additionally, I provide individual supervision for LCSW candidates-in-training as they work to meet their licensing requirements.