Licensed Professional Counselor/Therapist
Mandy earned her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is a Counseling Psychologist in the United Kingdom, in addition to her US qualifications. Her clinical background includes specialist eating disorder services, forensic mental health and personality disorder services, university counseling and crisis mental health, and private practice. In 2020, she created the first DBT program in the UK specifically aimed at helping university students. It currently serves students at the six major universities in Manchester.
Mandy specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT), and integrates person-centered, psychodynamic, multi-cultural and feminist frameworks to offer therapy that is as unique as each client’s experience. She offers psychotherapy and skills training to adults and adolescents and specializes in treatment of suicidal and self-harming behavior; compulsive skin-picking and hair-pulling disorders; anorexia and bulimia nervosa; borderline, narcissistic, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorders; maladaptive perfectionism and over-control; emotional dysregulation; persistent anxiety and depression; relationship issues; narcissistic abuse; and family of origin trauma.
A Note From Mandy
From my experiences on both sides of the therapeutic relationship, I trust in therapy as a space to share the vulnerable parts of ourselves without judgment, and an opportunity to discover who we are and have the capacity to be when barriers no longer stand in our way. I try to be with clients as they are and feel privileged to help others identify what stands between them and the lives they want, explore ways to become unstuck, and discover the courage and compassion for change.
If I’m not in session, I’m probably eating sushi, Ethiopian food, or tacos; playing board games or trying new restaurants with friends; practicing meditation or yoga; watching stand-up, attending live dance performances, or relaxing with Netflix. You’ll also find me drinking coffee, reading, writing, dancing, and playing with my puppy, Simone.
I focus on building relationships in which clients feel relaxed, respected, and actively attended to. My approach is warm, direct, curious, and infused with humor that empowers clients to explore the unknown and uncomfortable and take risks. I work collaboratively with clients to challenge self-blame, practice unconditional self-acceptance, and build lives that feel truly satisfying.
While her office is located in downtown Chicago next to Millenium park for in-person sessions, she also welcomes and serves clients for online therapy from anywhere in Illinois. Clients from the Chicagoland area may choose in-office or online therapy and usually commute from surrounding areas such as River North, South Loop, West Loop, Gold Coast, Old Town, Lincoln Park, Lake View, Logan Square, Wicker Park, Bucktown and many more.
Suicidal and self-harming behavior; compulsive skin-picking and hair-pulling disorders; anorexia and bulimia nervosa; borderline, narcissistic, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorders; maladaptive perfectionism and over-control; emotional dysregulation; persistent anxiety and depression; relationship issues; narcissistic abuse; and family of origin trauma.