Hi, my name is Kristen Kasperek and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois and a National Certified Counselor. I have 8 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples in individual and group settings. I worked as a Psycho Social Rehabilitation Therapist for quite some time where I became certified in OCD as well as PTSD. I have vast experience working with those who suffer from chronic mental illness including Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, depression, and anxiety. I also have a wealth of experience working with those struggling with self-esteem, self-worth, poor relationships, and grief. I enjoy providing support in a variety of ways to my clients to help remind them of how important they are. I currently work with undergraduate and graduate students helping them to discover their true selves through the help of MBTI and Strong Interest Inventory and putting that into play by aiding them in selecting individually appropriate degree programs. I have learned in my years as a Career Counselor that people often stay in ill fitting jobs because they don't see a way out. I love nothing more than to help someone recognize their passion and guide them towards making it a reality. I enjoy assisting my clients with self discovery, the job search process, as well as resume and cover letter development, interview preparation, and negotiation tactics. No matter where you are in your life, I believe you should be doing what you love and I want to help you get there.
My approach is to develop a relaxed, non-threatening, and non-clinical professional relationship with my clients. I recognize that the first step to a better life is often the most difficult. I help my clients with that first step and the path that follows. Together, we develop individualized strategies that produce results and lead to a more fulfilling life.
In terms of my education, I earned my Master's Degree in Community Counseling with a focus in Mental Illness as well as Career Counseling. My undergraduate degree is in Psychology with a minor in Sociology.
If you are searching for direction, inner peace, or need help getting past an obstacle in your personal or professional life, I would welcome the opportunity to work with you.
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Forgiveness, Hoarding, Infidelity, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
IL LCPC 180.013832
Kristen has always been professional and respectful. Always has the best advice and has always been available when needed, She has been one of the best supporters.
Written on Dec 15, 2023 after therapy with Kristen for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and grief
Kristen is an incredibly empathetic and compassionate therapist. She always holds space for me while simultaneously helping me quiet my mind and focus my thoughts.
Written on Dec 05, 2023 after therapy with Kristen for 4 years and 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd
I’ve been working with Kristen for over 4 years now through BetterHelp and she has been essential in my personal care.
Written on May 22, 2023 after therapy with Kristen for 5 years and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, and self esteem
Kristen is a life saver, she is always responsive and ready to help
Written on Feb 08, 2023 after therapy with Kristen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety
Kristen is a very nice and positive person. I always feel better after a session with her.
Written on Feb 08, 2023 after therapy with Kristen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and career difficulties
Kristen has been amazing so far.
Written on Nov 01, 2022 after therapy with Kristen for 2 weeks on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and career difficulties