Megan’s Take on Treatment:
“Acknowledging a readiness for change or a need for help in one’s life is the first step in the therapy process. While the subsequential steps of scheduling a therapy session and showing up for it may evoke anxiety, I am here to help you navigate this process and break down the walls that are holding you back. Therapy is an often-overlooked tool; however, by giving it a chance, the benefits of finding a safe judgement free zone to work through life’s challenges can provide an avenue for a more fulfilling life. Being able to be on this road with clients and seeing the growth is truly a privilege for me. “
Approach to Therapy:
Megan’s approach in therapy involves a collaboration between the client’s goals and their values in order to start the process of change. Megan feels it is important to ensure that both the client and therapist work collaboratively on making a treatment plan. Megan strives to create an environment where clients feel heard and validated when exploring concerns as therapy can be a vulnerable time for them. She recognizes that this may be someone’s second or third attempt in counseling and due to previous negative experiences, seeks to understand exactly what the client is looking for in terms of their treatment and what they hope to take from the therapeutic relationship. Megan uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) to help clients navigate their reoccurring negative thought patterns as well as face fears and create meaningful changes in their lives. She is comfortable working with all age ranges, especially younger children. She believes in incorporating parents, significant others, school personnel, and other providers in the treatment process.
Experience and Training:
Megan earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Loyola University Chicago. She continued onto Loyola’s School of Social Work earning her master’s degree with a focus on children and families.
At the OCD and Anxiety clinic, Megan specializes in treating kids, teens, and adults with anxiety, OCD, and related disorders. She especially enjoys working with individuals who live with generalized anxiety, social anxiety disorder, school anxiety, OCD and depression. She is comfortable working with the schools, parents and families to help their significant others manage anxiety and achieve behavior change. Megan uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and ERP to help her clients create change in their daily lives.
Prior to working at the OCD & Anxiety Center, Megan worked in a therapeutic school setting for seven and a half years. There she worked with children aged kindergarten through high school both in the classroom and outside of the classroom. Megan worked closely with the families and attended IEP meetings. Megan also worked in a pediatric clinic in partnership with Speech and Feeding Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists to provide collaborative treatment to clients. She was also part of their academy program, providing social emotional lessons in the group setting.
More About Megan:
Megan was born and raised in the northern suburbs of Illinois and now lives in the western suburbs. She enjoys staying active and walking her dog, Yoda. Megan enjoys cooking, attending live music events, traveling and spending time with family and friends.