I received my MSW, Masters degree in Social Work, in 1992 from University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work.
The concentration I chose in my graduate studies was Mental Health. My primary focus was on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and women.
My graduate school internships were at Uptown Center Hull House Woman Abuse Action Project and Edgewater-Uptown Community Mental Health Center’s Rape Victim Services Program.
I have been a licensed clinical social worker and certified addiction counselor since 1996.
In addition to private practice, I have worked in many non-profits. The early days were front line work in homeless shelters and soup kitchens. I kept noticing recurring themes of alcohol and drug addiction and experiences of trauma. During and after graduate school I worked with women surviving domestic violence and sexual assault. When funding was cut from Evanston Shelter for Battered Women https://www.ywca-ens.org/domestic-violence-program/shelter-and-longer-term-housing/ , I began working at The Women’s Treatment Center. thewomenstreatmentcenter.org I was still working with women who survived trauma but the program focus was addiction recovery. After moving to Seattle, Washington I took a job at Stonewall Recovery Services which was a specialty outpatient program serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. After Stonewall Recovery Services closed I worked at Residence XII which has also closed and was in Kirkland, Washington.