(217) 731-4638

206 N. Randolph

Suite 505B

Champaign, IL 61820

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“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”

~ Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay

Because we all need somebody to talk to

Are you constantly tense, worried or on edge? Do you worry that something bad will happen if you don’t perform tasks in a certain order? Do you find yourself overwhelmed in social situations? 


Maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed with school. Feeling lost, alone, almost like you're drowning in a brand new environment.


Or you’re watching as your adolescent struggle with depression or anxiety.

There is a solution. You can feel better. More self-confident, happy, secure in your life. Reaching out is the hardest part, but you can do it.

Have you stopped enjoying activities that you used to love? Are you struggling with feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness? Has there been a change in your sleeping or eating habits? Having trouble concentrating or making decisions? 


Get help now. You don’t have to continue to suffer. You deserve to be happy and feel alive again. It’s time to take control of your life. Help is only a phone call away. Not sure therapy is right for you? Feel free to reach out to me to with your questions.

Somebody that understands

Where do we begin? How do we decrease the likelihood we'll find ourselves in this kind of situation in the future? Isn't it time to take the first step in healing yourself? Anxiety, depression, working with adolescents and helping clients become 'unstuck'  are my specialties.

Using a mix of CBT, Strength based therapy, mindfulness, and animal-assisted therapy with Star, the Bichon Frise therapy dog. I help people get back to themselves and lead happy, full-filling lives.


It's time to take the first step? Don't wait any longer to get help! Call me at 217-731-4638 or e-mail me at info@msivelytherapy.com.

Somebody that will listen


I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, having received my Masters in Social Work from University of Illinois in 2009. Being a student of Zen and an EMDR therapist allows me to bring a unique mix of skills to my clients.

During my internship at the Pavilion Hospital and utilizing my military experience, I wrote and developed material for a 12-week group to reduce PTSD symptoms in returning veterans. I was able to recruit and facilitate a successful group called Victory for Veterans with returned veterans. 

After graduation I worked for Crosspoint Human Services as a SASS Specialist, an on-call crisis worker for children and adolescents experiencing severe psychiatric crises. During this time I also provided intensive, short-term counseling for children and adolescents along with their families.

As a therapist at Douglas County Mental Health Center, I worked with a wide range of clients for mental health issues including: depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders and clients with a dual diagnosis of mental health and substance abuse. I co-facilitated Thinking for a Change an integrated, cognitive behavior change program that includes cognitive restructuring, social skills development, and development of problem solving skills. I also facilitated an adolescent life skills training group focusing on a variety of topics including but not limited to family issues, anger, violence, conflict resolution and drugs and alcohol.

Before gaining my MSW, I worked at Crosspoint Human Services as a case manager, most notably with two other agencies counseling women with substance abuse, mental illness and domestic violence issues.

I treat a variety of issues, some of which are: substance abuse, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, relationship/couples therapy, parenting issues, work issues and co-dependency issues.

I use a wide range of therapeutic techniques. I individualize treatment according to my client's comfort level and needs. I frequently rely on standard cognitive behavioral techniques, twelve step programming and motivational interviewing in order to individualize treatment according to my client's comfort level and needs. I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.

Education: Masters of Social Work, University of Illinois, Graduated with Honors

License: Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Professional Activities and Memberships: Member of the National Association of Social Workers and Phi Kappa Phi

Don't wait!

Whether you are looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or are just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I can help you meet your goals. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help you address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.