Kristen Jacobsen, LCPC

(THERAPIST/OWNER)

CLINICAL FOCUS:  ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, AND RELATIONSHIPS

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Kristen's clinical focus is anxiety, depression, and relationships.  She has extensive experience working with adolescents and adults, and has had the privilege of interacting with clients and families who have presented with a wide range of clinical issues and unique needs.  In addition, Kristen has experience providing individual, family, and group therapy in both outpatient (office) and inpatient (hospital) settings.  

Life can be overstimulating sometimes, and Kristen understands what it's like to feel paralyzed and confused about how to tackle these challenges. It can be easy to fall into negative patterns in which we imagine all of the worst case scenarios and feel as though we have to have a contingency plan for each.

 Kristen's goal is to allow you to regain control and make yourself a priority. We are unable to function at our best and help others if we are struggling ourselves.  We often spend so much time worrying about the future or ruminating about the past, that we are not present in the moment, and we miss out on important experiences.

Kristen's approach is eclectic, and she tailors her therapeutic techniques according to each individual client's needs.  For those requiring a more directive approach, she utilizes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy techniques. These are especially useful for clients struggling with anxiety and/or depression.  For those who are comfortable with a non-directive approach, she utilizes more Client-Centered techniques.  Kristen also incorporates mindfulness into her sessions as a method of managing symptoms and staying grounded in the present.

Kristen has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology & Education from Vanderbilt University and a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology (Chicago, IL). She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Illinois.  She started Cathartic Space Counseling in 2013 and has been expanding her practice since.

Kristen has been featured on CBS News, in the Chicago Tribune, and on Empire Broadcast Radio.  She was also interviewed for an article appearing in the "back to school" issue of Chicago Parent Magazine, all of which can be viewed on the "Media" link at the top of the page.

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