Frequently Asked Questions
What are the differences between life coaching and counseling?
Life coaching focuses more on life goals you want to accomplish and specific steps you can take to reach those goals. It involves more advice, direct feedback, and planning. Life coaching is not regulated by each state or country nor does it require a license. Therefore, I can provide life coaching to individuals in any state or country.
Counseling or psychotherapy involves more self-exploration, working through painful emotions by learning how to manage or express them in a healthy manner, or processing events from your past that may be affecting your behavior or thinking today. Counseling or psychotherapy is much less direct and involves more active listening, empathy, and the process of developing self-awareness and insight. Counseling or psychotherapy can also involve in-depth psychoanalysis and psychological assessments that may result in a DSV-V mental health diagnosis. I am a clinical psychologist licensed in the state of Illinois and Kansas. Therefore, I can only provide psychotherapy and counseling for individuals who are in the state of Illinois and Kansas.
Do you accept health insurance for payment?
I do not accept health insurance. In order for licensed mental health professionals to be reimbursed by insurance companies for counseling or psychotherapy, they must give their patient a DSM-V mental health diagnosis. Therefore, if I accepted health insurance for payment, then I would be required to give you a DSM-V mental health diagnosis. However, many of the patients I see do not have a mental health diagnosis. They are simply going through a difficult transition or tough time in their life. Additionally, working with insurance companies decrease the likelihood of confidentiality because you may be required to disclose a mental health diagnosis on future job applications. These procedures insurance companies have in place may distract us from our therapeutic work together.
What is your educational and professional background?
I graduated Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. I have a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis. I have an M.S. in Counseling and Counselor Education from Indiana University – Bloomington. I have a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University.
I have clinical experience at a Veteran’s Affairs Hospital treating Veterans with combat and non-combat related PTSD, military sexual trauma, drug and alcohol problems, depression, anxiety, career issues, relationship problems, and homicidal and suicidal ideation. I have also worked at Larue D. Carter Memorial Hospital treating psychiatric inpatients with both substance use diagnoses and co-occurring mental health disorders such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, severe depression, and antisocial personality disorder. Further, I have worked at Purdue University in their Counseling and Guidance Center where I administered, scored, interpreted, and prepared reports for personality and career testing including the MMPI-2, MCMI-III, Beck Depression Inventory, Myers-Briggs Indicator, Revised NEO Personality Inventory, and Strong Interest Inventory.
As a lawyer, I worked as a family law attorney in private practice for adoption, divorce, child custody and parenting time hearings. Prior to working in private practice, I worked as a trial lawyer for Marion County Department of Child Services where I represented the State in numerous “Child in Need of Services” cases in Marion County, Indiana.