Mental health is a broad field with a wide range of career choices. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” Learn more >
Fields of Study
Bachelor of Science, Biology & Chemistry
Master of Arts, Community Counseling
School Counselor Certification
What inspired you to enter your profession?
I originally thought I wanted to go into medicine but after my four years at Elmhurst College, I realized mental health was better suited. Throughout my training in counseling, it became clear that I wanted to work with children and adolescents struggling with anxiety disorders. Today, I am a specialist in pediatric anxiety disorders and adult trauma.
Tell us about the greatest challenge you had while you were in school.
My biggest hurdle in school was navigating through the options and possibilities laid out in front of me. I am the first person in my family to have a career in the psychology field. Because of this, I was left to my own devices to figure it out. I decided the best way to overcome my hurdles was to make as many connections and network with as many people as I could.
What’s the future of community counseling?
The biggest idea that is beginning to innovate my field is telehealth. Because of technology advances, many patients are able to have remote, online counseling sessions. This is incredibly helpful for my patients who struggle with anxiety, depression, and agoraphobia.
How do you give back to your community?
I like to give back to my community in a variety of ways. I volunteer a few times a year at a variety of different community events. I also understand that finances can be a burden for those looking to receive counseling services which is why I make sure to take on pro bono cases throughout the year. Finally, it is important that I pay-it-forward so I find ways to help the youth as best I can.
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