North Aurora Campus
Tina is a Licensed Clinical Social worker and a Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP). She also holds an active Professional Education License issued by the Illinois Board of Education. Tina is also working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist through the Association of Play Therapy. Tina earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Aurora University and has completed one year post-graduate in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with emphasis in Wilderness Therapy. Her training from Naropa University of Boulder Colorado enhances her Western training with Eastern ideologies such as mindfulness and meditation. These evidenced- based techniques bring about conscious awareness and connection of the mind, body, and spirit.
Tina has 10 years of experience working in a therapeutic day school with special education students with a variety of disabilities and mental health diagnoses including: “Emotional and Behavior disorders” (as identified in Individualized Education Plans) or more accurately diagnosed Trauma -and- Stressor Related Disorders such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, and Anxiety). She also has experience with Neurodevelopmental Disorders such as ADHD, learning disabilities, intellectual disability, Autism, and Communication Disorders, as well as other physical and medical disabilities. Her experience has been with youth between the ages of 3-21 years of age in the school setting teaching life skills, social skills, and problem-solving/conflict resolution skills in individual and group therapy. In addition, she has experience implementing sensory strategies for teaching self-regulation within the classroom, working with grief/bereavement, self harm and suicide ideation. She also enjoys supporting adolescents with gender dysphoria and youth that identify as LGBTQ.
Tina's philosophy is, “Behavior is a symptom of an underlying issue and a need that hasn't been met. I do not operate from the behavioral theory, but rather I consider myself a trauma informed therapist. My passion lies with working with at-risk youth and families that have endured intergenerational trauma and acute trauma. I find it vitally important and necessary to work with the whole family unit and to help parents heal childhood wounds from the inside out, so that they can parent from a conscious mind. Pain can be transformed into wisdom by being witnessed and heard by the therapist. The therapeutic process is a journey that the client and therapist takes together. I see my clients as partners and am honored to walk next to you in this challenging time. Together, we will grow and become better human beings than we were yesterday!”