Kristin Tenuta

(MS, LMFT)

About Me

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.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Parenting issues
  • Depression

I also have experience in LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder

Years of Experience: 14

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMFT #166.000735 (Expires: 2019-02-28)


Reviews

Written by S.A. on Sep 09, 2018 after counseling with Kristin for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career

Kristin has changed my life in ways I never knew possible! She has always made my counseling experience such an easy, comfortable one. Each session, she makes it feel like I’m coming to talk to a long time friend as opposed to someone who is just here to do their job. She is so passionate in her work and has consistently gone above and beyond in her practice to help me reach the personal goals we set together. I couldn’t be more grateful to have been paired with Kristin!

Written by В.Е. on Aug 24, 2018 after counseling with Kristin for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related, self esteem, and bipolar

Kristin is a very professional, understanding, and caring counselor who has patience, will, knowledge and skills to listen and help you help yourself when you feel utterly defeated. She's helped me get through the major depressive episode and find the light at the of the tunnel when I was feeling crushed with pain, misery and suffering yet again.

Written by A.. on Aug 21, 2018 after counseling with Kristin for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship

I was a bit skeptical of the techniques at the beginning, but I have to say that they've been incredibly helpful. I've been talking to Kristin since the beginning of my pregnancy, with my personal goal being that I would not have to take any medication during the pregnancy, but rather use therapy, CBT, and relaxing techniques to handle the hormone surges and prenatal depression and anxiety.

I have to credit her weekly sessions as one of the main reasons I haven't had to go back on meds! She's incredibly warm, supportive, and empathetic, and really knows when to give you space to talk and when she needs to guide you a bit. She's been a lifesaver.

Written by M.I. on Jul 03, 2018 after counseling with Kristin for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and anger

Kristin has helped our family with strategies to deal with anger and frustration. Her guidance has made a big difference.

Written by N.A. on May 23, 2018 after counseling with Kristin for 5 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

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.

Written by F.A. on May 16, 2018 after counseling with Kristin for 2 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Kristin is such a good listener and she is willing to help with an open heart. Thank you, Kristen.

Written by J.E. on May 02, 2018 after counseling with Kristin for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family, intimacy-related, and parenting

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!

Written by D.A. on Apr 30, 2018 after counseling with Kristin for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, and self esteem

She is very sweet, understanding and competent.

Written by T.E. on Mar 29, 2018 after counseling with Kristin for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

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!

Written by B.E. on Mar 24, 2018 after counseling with Kristin for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship, intimacy-related, parenting, and anger

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.

Written by H.A. on Jan 23, 2018 after counseling with Kristin for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, intimacy-related, and self esteem

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. :)

Written by M.A on Apr 20, 2017 after counseling with Kristin for 2 months on issues concerning relationship, family, grief, and self esteem

Kristin was a great listener and really gave me tangible ways to work through my varying day to day stresses.

Written by J.E. on Mar 24, 2017 after counseling with Kristin for 1 week on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, and career

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!

Written by L.E. on Mar 08, 2017 after counseling with Kristin for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, and intimacy-related

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.

Written by B.R on Feb 21, 2017 after counseling with Kristin for 1 week on issues concerning relationship, family, and parenting

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.

Written by Z.I on Jan 21, 2017 after counseling with Kristin for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and intimacy-related

Kristin has been absolutely wonderful and understanding. She is wealth of resources and insight.