Since 1990, Jill has utilized her skills as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker to lead individuals, couples and families on their journey to self-healing and a more mindful, loving relationship. She is a member of the Academy of Clinical Social Workers with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
Jill’s Personal and Professional Journey
Before helping others on the path to restoring their relationships, Jill underwent, and continues to go through her own journey of personal discovery and transformation. Jill first encountered Dr. Harville Hendrix and Imago Relationship Therapy during his appearance on Oprah in 1989. She was inspired by his insights on how to create stronger, deeper, more meaningful relationships.
Shortly afterward, Jill attended Dr. Hendrix’s “Getting the Love You Want” workshop for couples. She recalls, “Like many wives, I dragged my reluctant husband to the workshop so that Harville could fix him. Soon I found out how much work I had to do. Of course, that was really a blessing in disguise, because I didn’t even like the person I had become in that marriage, but I didn’t know how not to be that. I was fascinated by the Imago theory and tools, and realized it had immense potential benefit, both personally and professionally. I eagerly began training with Dr. Hendrix.”
Establishing her Practice
In June of 1990, Jill became one of the first five certified Imago Therapists in the Chicagoland area. Alongside her colleagues, she co-founded the Institute for Imago Relationship Therapy of Greater Chicago, now known as now known as Imago Chicago – a professional training and support organization for Imago Relationship Therapy.
Jill later went on to acquire several other accreditations, becoming a Certified Workshop Presenter and an Advanced Clinician in Imago Therapy. She has also studied under many mentors, including Pat Love, Ed.D., author of “Hot Monogamy,” Dr. John Gottman, author of “Seven Principles of Successful Marriages” and Dr. Steven Stosny, where she became certified to teach HEALS™ – his groundbreaking anger management tool.
Jill’s private practice not only reflects the wisdom of her significant mentors, but also her personal and professional journey with Imago Relationship Therapy.
Jill’s Philosophy on Restoring Relationships:
“I care deeply about helping people grow, heal and restore connections in their lives and believe a conscious, committed relationship can be the perfect setting to create that experience.
Those relationships include husband-wife, partner-partner, parent-child, even sibling-sibling! I am committed to helping families create safe environments for their children so that each generation can end destructive cycles and get progressively more whole.
In our natural quest to feel connected, we sometimes mistake enmeshment or symbiosis for real union or true love. A conscious love relationship allows for all parties to be aware of their profound connection while maintaining personal responsibility and opportunity. In its most sacred moments, this relationship allows each person to connect in a spiritual as well as emotional and physical way.
Being in a conscious, loving, intimate relationship can be the hardest job you’ll ever have. I’m delighted to have found Imago therapy to be such a powerful, productive resource for my clients and for myself. It offers wonderful tools and processes for getting (and giving) the love you want.
I have found Imago Relationship Therapy to provide a life-changing way of being in relationships for my clients as well as with my partner, my four children, and two stepchildren. It can help you transform your relationship from one that may be mostly full of frustration, hurt and disconnection, to relationships that are primarily filled with healing, growth, intimacy and connection. This all can happen if you have the willingness and the courage to do the work of learning to love and be loved. I am dedicated to this process and honored to be a guide with you on this sacred journey.”