Abby identifies as a Latinx therapist who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced Domestic Violence and other forms of interpersonal trauma (e.g. emotional abuse, childhood abuse, severe bullying, etc.) through individual, family, and/or group work. She has worked with clients from 1.5 years old to older adults and has worked with a range of diverse populations such as those who identify as POC and/or LGBTQIA. Abby aims to support client’s through their journey in finding acceptance of themselves, connecting past experiences to current functioning, learning to find inner strength and empowerment, and understanding the larger systems that impact individual experiences. Abby views therapy as a collaboration between the client and the therapist, utilizing the therapeutic relationship as the first step in learning how to build a healthy trusting relationships outside of the therapy space. Abby takes a trauma informed client-centered approach, often pulling from Acceptance and Commitment and a systems framework in her work with clients.
Abby received her bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology from Purdue University. While at Purdue, she worked for a 24/7 suicide/crisis intervention hotline for three years, including training incoming volunteers and performing community outreach/education, and recently returned to volunteering to continue to support others who are struggling with their mental health. She received her master’s degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and specialized her course work in family systems and child & adolescent trauma. Abby has extensive training in domestic violence and is an Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Provider (ICDVP). Abby completed an internship working with survivors of domestic violence at Sarah’s Inn in Oak Park, providing individual and group therapy for tots (children under 5), children, tweens, teens, and women. Prior to that, Abby worked with Youth Crossroads in Berwyn providing individual and group therapy for teens at Morton East High School. Abby values continuing education in helping those who have experienced racial trauma, domestic violence, and other forms of trauma.