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JENNIFER LARSON, LCPC, NCC
Owner & Psychotherapist

Jennifer Larson (Karolak) provides:

Individual TherapyCouples & Marriage CounselingTeletherapy & Online CounselingSolution-Focused Services for ParentsConsulting for Professionals and Clinical Supervision & Couples Workshops & Retreats

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) with 20 years in various aspects of the mental health field.  I enjoy providing psychotherapy to individual adults, young adults, and couples who are experiencing barriers to personal, relational, and professional growth and fulfillment. My goal is to help others live a happier and more meaningful life filled with connections.  

I use a warm, strengths-based and yet, direct and challenging approach with a foundation in psychodynamic and relational approaches. Depending on your needs, I draw from trauma-informed, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, body-centered, The Gottman Method, and family systems theories. Additionally, I believe a key factor in achieving overall well-being and psychological health rests on developing and maintaining healthy boundaries as well as engaging in a good self-care regimen.

Featured as one of Chicago's Most Inspiring Stories and Female Trailblazers, read entire interviews at Voyage Chicago Magazine Downtown's Rising Stars and The Trailblazers - Northwest Chicago.


Although I provide general therapy and counseling services to individuals and couples, here are the areas that I am very passionate about:  

Anxiety and Stress

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Panic Attacks

  • Stress

  • Work, School, Home & Life Imbalance

Relationship and Intimacy 

  • Dating Struggles

  • Communication Issues and Conflict

  • Come Here / Go Away Pattern

  • Emotionally Disengaged

  • Infidelity and Affairs

  • Presence of Addiction(s)

Trauma

  • Varying Degrees of Developmental and Relational Complex Trauma

  • Unresolved Family-of-Origin Issues

  • Invalidating or Less than Ideal Upbringing

Supervision and Consulting

  • Clinical Supervision for Therapists

  • Consulting Services for Therapists Navigating Private Practice

  • Consulting Services for Therapists Who Desire Strengthening Their Clinical Skills

EDUCATION / TRAINING

I earned an M.A. in Clinical Psychology at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology, graduating with honors, and obtained a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I earned membership into Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology, and Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society.  

I have trained with respected psychotherapists throughout the nation to address the most prominent mental health challenges of the day. I have received extensive training in treating relationship issues, codependency, love, romantic, and intimacy challenges through PCS, Psychological Counseling Services, a well-respected practice in Scottsdale, AZ. Moreover, I completed a number of Certified Sex Addiction Therapists (CSAT) training modules and supervision offered by Dr. Patrick Carnes and his team at the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP).  Recently I have begun ‘Treating Trauma Master Series’ training offered by The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM). This training incorporates research-based findings on the neurobiology of trauma, trauma memory in the nervous system, and effective therapeutic tools and interventions to use with people who have experienced trauma and anxiety.

I have and continue to participate in couples and marriage training workshops through The Gottman Institute, a distinguished organization committed to increasing the understanding of relationships through research. The Gottman Method is a science evidenced-based model used to help couples overcome barriers to their relationship. Listed on the Gottman Referral Network, I have completed the following trainings:  Level 1 "Bridging the Couples Chasm"; Level 2 "Assessment, Intervention, and Co-Morbidities"; Level 3 "Practicum Training"; and 6 Modules "Making Marriages Work by Uncovering Secrets of Sex, Love, and Trust." I am undergoing group consultation from a Certified Gottman Therapist and Masters Trainer as I plan on seeking Certification. While I do not have formal training in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), my husband and I have attended an EFT workshop. I have found weaving EFT into my couples work to be complimentary and valuable.   

I also have experience and training working with adolescents, teens, and young adults.  I have had the privilege of studying and training the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) (an evidence-supported model) with its founder Dr. Hewitt "Rusty" Clark while working at Young Adult Services Department at Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4). 

For information on my training in supervision and consultation, please visit here.

My professional background also encompasses both the public and private sector. I have worked in social services at C4 and Thresholds as well as administered assessments for clinical trials at a number of organizations, including University of Wisconsin-Madison - Wisconsin Psychiatric Institute & Clinic (WISPIC)

A  LITTLE PERSONAL

In addition to my formal training, I believe my rich and steeped life experiences as well as my upbringing and family dynamics have granted me the opportunity to understand people's trials and tribulations, suffering, and anxieties, and at the same time understand one's desire to work through one's issues. I am passionate about helping others overcome barriers and heal in order to live a more centered and happier existence.  

I strive to seek and maintain balance in my life, nurturing all of areas of my life so I can feel centered within myself and with others. I love being active with my family, eating and dining at home and a variety of restaurants in the city, spending time with friends, doing yoga, and volunteering within the community. 

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STACEY KIRAN, LCSW
Psychotherapist

Stacey Kiran provides:

Individual Therapy, Couples & Marriage CounselingTween, Adolescent & Family TherapyTeletherapy & Online Counseling, & Solution-Focused Services for Parent

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has experience in the mental health field working with adolescents and youth, adults and couples.  My therapeutic work with everyone I work with is grounded in compassion and a deeply held belief that all actions – small or large -- function towards serving some purpose, motive or desire. I work with people to help them understand the underlying beliefs that are connected to their actions, and if they are maladaptive, I guide my clients to help them to learn how to let go of them.

The goal of therapy is not to become perfect; there is no such thing. The goal is to help my clients to heal and to learn coping techniques and tools so they can have the quality and satisfaction with life that each of us deserve.

My overall approach is integrative with a foundation in psychodynamic and a relational-forward presence. Depending on the needs of my clients, I draw from a number of evidence-based models which are listed below.  My belief is the tools for healing are within you, it is my role to help you to perceive, connect, use and celebrate them! 


Although I provide general therapy and counseling services to individuals, couples, and adolescents and families, here are the areas that I am very passionate about:  

Anxiety 

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Life Stressors

  • Panic Attacks

Relationship and Intimacy

  • Dating Struggles

  • Communication Concerns

  • Betrayal and Trust Issues

  • Insecurities

  • Life Transitions

Tweens, Adolescents and Teens

  • Anxiety

  • Social and Friendship Struggles

  • School and Family Challenges

Trauma

  • Complex Trauma

  • Varying Degrees of Distressing Experiences

  • Invalidating or Less than Ideal Upbringing

 

 EDUCATION / TRAINING

I earned my M.S.W with an emphasis in Mental Health from Indiana University at Indianapolis and completed my B.S. in Psychology from Purdue University at Indianapolis.

My professional background include working in both non-profit organizations and private practice. Working at Heartland Alliance in Chicago allowed me to provide case management and individual therapy to adults drawing from the following evidence-based models I am trained in and find to be effective: Family Centered Treatment (FCT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).  

I am currently participating in my 2nd year at the Trauma Consultation Training Program at Womencare Counseling Center in Evanston which deepens my understanding and work around trauma.  I am proud to implement both The Gottman Method, a scientific-evidence model for couples therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), an empirically-based approach, when working with couples.  I have completed Gottman Level 1 Training and receive ongoing Gottman professional development with Jennifer Larson, LCPC, NCC. My training in both couples models allows me to very effective in helping couples overcome barriers in their relationship and to be more deeply connected.

My desire to learn and curiosity about diversity is evident by my time working and volunteering abroad.  I had the privilege of teaching English to children in South Korea and helping women who experienced significant life transitions and distressing events in India. All of these professional experiences have cultivated a deep understanding of how we are all very unique, and yet share many universal experiences, feelings, and needs.

My previous work at Damar Services in Indianapolis entailed working children diagnosed with Autism in a residential facility. Primarily, I focused on assisting these children with the use of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) to complete daily tasks in both a residential and school setting. I also worked collaboratively with their parents, caregivers and families to help deepen and strengthen their relationships. Additionally, I have provided Home-Based Therapy and Case Management to families utilizing Family Centered Treatment (FCT) created through a combination of the Eco-Structural Family Therapy Model by Minuchin and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). 

A  LITTLE PERSONAL

In my personal time, I enjoy nothing more than a cup of coffee or tea with a book after attending a hot yoga class. A newfound love is to escape for a weekend to the country with my guitar, even though I am only a few lessons in, I cannot help but wonder if I will ever play a song! I recognize the journey of change and growth as the destination and find enjoyment along the way.  I very much enjoy learning, so I also try to take advantage of Chicago’s exquisite museums, with The Field Museum being my favorite.

 

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CHRISTIAN YOUNGINER, LPC, NCC
Psychotherapist

Christian Younginer provides:

Individual Therapy, Couples & Marriage CounselingTween, Adolescent, & Family Therapy, & Teletherapy & Online Counseling   

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) with experience providing individuals -adults and adolescents, groups, couples, and families with authentic and genuine therapy. My approach to therapy is guided by empathy, understanding, and meaning. I believe there is great power in uncovering one's meaning and purpose- through introspection and knowing the self. Through therapy, one may find methods and techniques to quiet anxiety or cope with loss, but I also believe there is significant value to exploring the self. My priority in session is to provide a safe space for the client to feel and think- as their genuine self. 

In session, I draw from humanistic/existential theories as well as a person-centered approach. Through these modalities, a client can expect to see a caring, empathic therapist who focuses on the 'here and now' in session. These descriptors guide my hand as we work together to uncover and explore. I am also experienced in providing cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused work, should they be wanted. I believe the client has within them the means and ability to act with their own needs in mind- to bring about change in their lives. Thus I want to form a collaborative relationship with each client.


Although I provide general therapy and counseling services to individuals, couples, and adolescents and families, here are the areas that I am very passionate about:

Anxiety 

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Stressors

  • Fears

  • Panic Attacks

  • Existential Issues

Depression & Mood 

  • Major and Situational Depression

  • Self Harm

  • Grief and Loss

Relationship and Intimacy

  • Identifying Needs

  • Life Transitions and Changes

  • Communication Difficulties

Tweens, Adolescents and Teens

  • Adjusting to School

  • Life’s Challenges

  • Social and Friendships

  • School and Family Challenges

  • Anxiety and Depression

The Self

  • Meaning

  • Identity

  • Purpose

  • Spiritual Issues

EDUCATION / TRAINING

I earned my Ed.S. from The University of South Carolina in Counselor Education - Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling. I also hold a B.A. in English and Philosophy.

Prior to my work as a therapist, I worked for almost a decade in an unfulfilling corporate job. During that time, I sought a therapist myself. With her support and compassion, I uncovered a deep passion for helping others as I had been helped. It was not until I could look back from a healthier place, that I see how those experiences shaped me and my therapeutic style. 

My most recent position in Chicago entailed working as an Emergency Services Clinician at Garfield Park Behavioral Hospital. I performed intake assessments with children and adolescent patients in this LGBTQ+ affirming, adolescent psychiatric facility on Chicago’s West Side. I also have experience carrying a full-time caseload while interning for a year at The University of South Carolina - Counseling Center providing individual therapy, couples, and group therapy to college students. In my work with college students, I found great joy in the diversity of clients.  In fact, there were times in which I was able to provide a corrective, positive experience for female clients hesitant to see a male therapist. 

My training spans a variety of mental health concerns, such as trauma, addictions, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and grief and loss. I have experience and am skilled at working in various modalities including: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Theory for Trauma, Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT),  Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness and Biofeedback. 

In addition, as a scholarship recipient of the American Academy of Psychotherapists, I had the opportunity to receive intensive group therapy professional development.

I have worked with families of at-risk youth, providing  them with Bowenian and Strategic Family Therapy. I am Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI) certified, meaning I have training in identifying safety risks and de-escalation techniques. 

My graduate degree is in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling where I developed a foundation in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) and The Gottman Method, the two most prominent and research-based models for working effectively with couples. In addition to my formal education in the area of marriage and couples, I have completed The Gottman Method Level 1 “Bridging the Couples Chasm” training and obtain additional Gottman professional development with Jennifer Larson, LCPC, NCC.

A  LITTLE PERSONAL

Since recently moving to Chicago, I have enjoyed spending my free time exploring the city and discovering exponentially better (and more) restaurants than in South Carolina. In my day-to-day, I enjoy reading, playing drums and guitar, and cooking.

My journey towards being a therapist began sitting across from one. So to move to the other chair and help others in the way I was helped is an honor and a privilege. It is through those experiences that I hope to bring authenticity and genuineness.