Mandy has over 12 years of experience in providing mental health services to individuals in need. She first graduated from Erikson Institute, in Chicago IL, in 2006 with a Masters in Early Childhood Development. A year later, she graduated from the Loyola University Chicago’s Clinical Social Work program. This combination of degrees allows her to understand both healthy and unhealthy patterns of human development, factors that can affect human development negatively, and a deeper understanding of how to recover from these experiences.
In addition to these degrees, Mandy has worked in many capacities, developing a deeper understanding of the needs of individuals and communities. Most of her work has focused on addressing severe and comprehensive trauma, including trauma from singular incidents, repetitive trauma, and complex trauma. Trauma can look like depression, anxiety, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Personality Disorders, and many other mental and emotional health problems or concerns.
Mandy is currently working towards becoming certified in Theraplay and EMDR, as her passion is the recognition and treatment of trauma of all types. She was recognized as the Social Worker of the Year in 2017 by the CSWA-S. She is recognized by those who know her as intelligent, creative, and passionate about her work to create a world where each individual feels good about themselves and the lives they lead. She is constantly searching for new information and new resources for consumers and colleagues alike.