I chose therapy as a profession because I am eternally fascinated by people. I love meeting them, engaging with them, and learning their unique story and what makes them tick. Before getting my Master of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago, I acquired a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from The University of Chicago. As such, I enjoy working with people from diverse cultures with diverse issues and challenges.
In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, exercising, movies, books, music, following sports, comedy, and cooking and cuisine.
Darian’s Approach to Therapy
I believe that at the heart of counseling is forming a healthy, trusting relationship, and gaining self- awareness that eventually leads to self-acceptance. I enjoy practicing with a generalist approach to therapy, using a combination of cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, solution-focused, family systems, and culturally-informed techniques. I have studied a range of past and contemporary psychological theorists, such as Paul Wachtel, and I am particularly interested in the emerging field of mentalization.
My training and experience has largely been with adolescents in the junior high and high school settings, though I also have experience working with other populations in and around the city of Chicago.