Throughout life, we are faced with many challenges…some more severe than others, some harder to overcome, and some which we ignore for the moment. When we choose not to face our challenges, it can negatively impact our true being. Therapy allows you to heal from past and/or current hurt and pain and provides you with the tools to grow into the purposeful soul you are meant to be.
My style of therapy is shaped from my education, self awareness, and life experiences…all which have allowed me the opportunity to work with various people of different cultures, socio-economic backgrounds, lifestyles, and ethnicities. I have learned that in order to truly meet my client’s needs, I have to meet him or her where they are, listen empathetically, and view their world as they see it. More importantly, I provide an accepting and non-judgmental environment so that my clients can express their inner thoughts regardless of what those inner thoughts may be.
If you are ready to change and move forward in your life, I am here to help you.
“We are who we are because of our experiences.” – Dr. Downey
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the State of California (Lic #85598) and the State of Illinois (Lic #166001138).
I have years of experience helping my clients properly cope with severe life challenges that stem from depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, relationship issues, substance abuse, parent-child relationships, crisis intervention, just to name a few. My experience also extends to working with athletes, actors, musicians, and victims of trauma as well as conducting women, parenting, adolescent, and drug groups.
I am a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, an ambassador for the Office on Women’s Health-US Department of Health and Human Services, and an expert panelist for mental health discussions in Los Angeles and Chicago, to include BET Genius Talks, “Being” on BET, a variety of of radio shows and media outlets. I can also be seen working as a Resident Counselor on VH1’s television celebrity series, “Couples Therapy”.
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with an emphasis in Community Service – Barat College, Lake Forest IL
Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy – The Alfred Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago IL
Dreikurs Psychological Center – Internship, Chicago IL
Doctorate in Counseling Psychology – Argosy University, Los Angeles CA