I attended college in New York City and received my BA from Barnard College, Columbia University with a major in English - an early love of literature taught me to appreciate the power of a story to teach us about character and relationships.
Many years later, I studied for my masters degree at the Family Institute in Evanston, where I received an MA in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University and became licensed to practice independently, as a Licenced Clinical Professional Counselor.
I have also completed a 3 year post-graduate certificate training at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and I am a Certified Group Psychotherapist, with a developing interest in the thinking of Jacques Lacan.
In 2013 I began doctoral studies at the Institute for Clinical Social Work in downtown Chicago. There, I deepened my clinical understanding and skills, while continuing to work in private practice within a contemporary psychoanalytic framework. My research dissertation addressed developmental questions regarding parent and child relational dynamics during the launching phase, and issues of grief and loss.
I am married nearly 30 years, and am the proud parent of four grown children. I live and work in in the suburbs of Chicago where I am active in several professional organizations, serving on committees and participating in local and national training events. Also, I participate in multiple study groups and value ongoing consultation.