Born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago, I attended Northern Illinois University to pursue my dreams of working in a helping profession. After completing my Bachelor’s degree at NIU, I was excited to continue my education pursuing a degree they offered, a Masters of Science with a specialization in Marriage & Family Therapy. It directly spoke to my philosophies about people, relationships and their functioning. Upon graduating in 2003, I was asked to return to my place of internship as a lead clinician. I happily accepted, as I enjoyed the challenging clinical atmosphere of the residential facility. For the next five years, I provided services to the severely emotionally and behaviorally challenged clients and their families. This work involved addressing extensive trauma, PTSD, bi-polar, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and various personality disorders. In 2008, I decided it was time to pursue my licensure and embark on my dream of participating in private practice.
Since then, I have found great enjoyment in assisting members of the community with their struggles. I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship; when you have a safe, secure and trustworthy environment it promotes comfort when exploring life’s struggles. If this is not a core component of the relationship, honestly exploring aspects of one’s self becomes difficult. I believes that I am compassionate supporter, educator, facilitator, encourager and advocator for my clients. I use my extensive experiences to individualize treatment for each client. The diversity of clients and experiences I have had has evolved my approach with clients in a way that allows for maximum growth and change – when the client is truly dedicated to the process.
- Stress, Anxiety
I also have experience in LGBT, Family, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related, Anger, Self esteem, Career, Bipolar
LMFT #166.000735 (Expires: 2019-02-28)
Kristin has helped our family with strategies to deal with anger and frustration. Her guidance has made a big difference.
Very polite, warm and understanding. I especially liked that I was talking to not only a professional but also a fellow human being who actually wants to listen.
Kristin is such a good listener and she is willing to help with an open heart. Thank you, Kristen.
I want to thank Kristin Tenuta; she has helped my marriage with my disabled spouse and the mental/emotional and physical struggles I had with what came along with that. Easy to talk to and listens. She is GREAT!
She is very sweet, understanding and competent.
Kristin is a God send. She is very prompt with getting back to you and provides you ample time for therapy. I had a different therapist before and the difference is like day and night. Thanks Kristin!
In our brief time so far, Kristin has been extremely generous of her time and is a supportive and insightful professional. She goes beyond the call of duty - a rare find! I feel lucky to have been matched with her.
I think this is a great offer, and would definitely recommend it to anyone who's having a hard time. It's affordable, professional, and you can write to your counselor whenever you want. :)
Kristin was a great listener and really gave me tangible ways to work through my varying day to day stresses.
Kristin helped me through a rough patch recently and has been so supportive and helpful through everything. Very prompt with responses and that's something that I really appreciate as I didn't really have anyone else I could talk to. She helped to clarify my thoughts and feelings and is very understanding and compassionate. Should I need any future support I would definitely be in touch with Kristen again. Thank you so much!
Kristin has been amazing at guiding me through some difficult life adjustments. She has been super reliable and resourceful, responds to my messages promptly, and provides me with helpful reading material when appropriate. I feel like I am in good hands with Kristin and really appreciate all of the help and advice she's provided.
I am truly thankful for Kristin. She is a great listener and offers great guidance. I would recommend her to anyone who may need some help.
Kristin has been absolutely wonderful and understanding. She is wealth of resources and insight.