She received a Bachelor’s degree in Developmental Psychology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a Master’s in Social Work with a sub-specialization in Group Work from Loyola University Chicago. Savannah holds Professional Educator License in the state of IL and completed a 20-week certified training in Trauma-Informed Care and Collaborative Change Model. She also is certified in Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), a curriculum-based in Mindfulness practice, Distress Tolerance, and Psychoeducation. .
Savannah has experience working with at-risk youth, adults, and families in settings including community mental health centers and schools. Savannah has supported clients through various stages of life including grief, experiences of violence, depression, anxiety, and support in parenting. She approaches therapy from a Strengths-Based, Trauma-Informed lens while utilizing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing techniques. Savannah believes therapy is a partnership between herself and her clients. She brings experience in therapeutic practice, while the client brings expertise in their life experiences and future goals. Savannah strives to provide support to individuals and improve quality of life as defined by her client. She values therapy as being a place where her client feels safe and supported.
When Savannah is not meeting with her clients at In Motion Counseling, she enjoys working as a School Social Worker supporting students with disabilities and developing school-based mental health services. Savannah also has a passion for Social Work Group Work and is a co-researcher at Loyola University Chicago researching the importance, need, and value of a Social Work Group Work curriculum in higher education.
In her spare time, Savannah enjoys running and recently completed her first marathon. She also enjoys spending time with family, cuddling on the couch with her cat, Spirit, listening to Podcasts, and spending time in nature.
I support people in finding their strengths, building on them, and finding balance and contentment in the emotional, relational, physical, cognitive, and spiritual components of their life. I seek to create a safe and respectful environment for individuals and couples to nurture growth and healing.
I uphold the autonomy within those seeking help. I gently challenge them to courageously face life’s invariable disappointments outside the therapy room and to embrace opportunities to encourage others in their life journey.