I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a professional interest in working with adults, adolescents and couples. I am experienced in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, substance problems, parenting, relationship concerns, grief. I have worked with a diverse clientele including LGBTQ, police/military populations.
I am native to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In my educational, professional and personal experiences, I worked with culturally and racially diverse populations. As a mental health professional, I strive to understand each person’s unique experience, while creating a safe and supportive therapeutic alliance. My treatment approach is integrative, employing the elements of existential-phenomenological, interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral therapies from a mindfulness-based perspective. I foster insight building while helping patients work through emotional issues contributing to presenting problems and acquiring the skills needed to produce lasting change.
I hold dual Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and French language from the University of Illinois at Chicago. I earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work, a Master's Degree from the APA-accredited Chicago School of Professional Psychology where I also graduated with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. I completed an APA-accredited internship at Northwestern University’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center
My goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a fulfilled life. While we cannot change difficult situations of your past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will uncover long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more rewarding and meaningful life. If you are looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or are just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to help you achieve your goals.