Concentric Counseling Therapists
JENNIFER LARSON, LCPC, NCC
Owner & Psychotherapist
Jennifer Larson (Karolak) provides:
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) with more than 18 years in the mental health industry 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.
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, 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.
To learn more about Jennifer's clinical supervision and consulting services for professionals, please visit Consulting & Supervision for Professionals page. Featured as one of Chicago's Most Inspiring Stories, read entire interview at Voyage Chicago Magazine Downtown's Rising Stars.
TOP 3 SPECIALTIES
Although I provide a variety of therapy and counseling services to individuals and couples, my Top 3 Specialized Services include:
- Anxiety Disorders, Life Stressors, and Work & Life Balance
- General and More Complex Romantic and Intimacy Difficulties (e.g. Addiction, Affairs)
- Unresolved Family-of-Origin Issues & Varying Degrees of Trauma
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, sex addiction, and love/romantic addiction through PCS, Psychological Counseling Services, a well-respected practice in Scottsdale, AZ. Moreover, I completed a number of Certified Sex Addiction Therapists (CSAT) workshops offered by Dr. Patrick Carnes and his team at the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP).
I also have significant experience and training working with adolescents, teens, and young adults. My formal training entailed studying Transition to Independence Process (TIP) model with its founder Dr. "Rusty" Clark while working at Young Adult Services Department at Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4).
I have and continue to participate in marriage and couples training workshops through The Gottman Institute, a distinguished organization committed to increasing the understanding of relationships through research. Some course topics include Level 1 "Bridging the Couples Chasm", Level 2 "Assessment, Intervention, and Co-Morbidities" and 6 Modules "Making Marriages Work by Uncovering Secrets of Sex, Love, and Trust." I look forward to taking Level 3 in Spring 2018.
My professional background 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 being active with my family, eating and dining at home and a variety of restaurants in the city, spending time with friends, and volunteering within the community.
STACEY KIRAN, LSW
Stacey Kiran provides:
I am a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) nearing 5 years of experience in the mental health field. My therapeutic work with adults, adolescents, youth, and couples is grounded in compassion and a deeply held belief that all actions – whether 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!
TOP 3 SPECIALTIES
Although I provide generalized therapy and counseling services to individuals, adolescents, youth, couples, and families, my Top 3 Specialized Services include:
- Life Transitions
- Anxiety Disorders and Life Stressors
- Complex Trauma and Varying Degrees of Distressing Experiences
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 a year-long Trauma Consultation Training Program at Womencare Counseling Center in Evanston. With eagerness, I will participate in The Gottman Method Level 1 training in Winter 2017 which will be complimentary to the other methods I employ when working with couples.
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 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 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.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) – Winter 2017/2018
MYRON NELSON, LCPC
Myron Nelson provides:
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LCPC) with over 8 years of experience in therapy and psychological research. I understand that some of the problems people face are rarely simple, but can be improved with collaborative efforts. I have worked with children, adolescents, families, and adults to address a range of problems, whether they are permanent or temporary, personal or occurring externally. My goal is to help improve people's lives by assisting them to garner greater insights.
I view therapy as a way for people to become more self aware not only about their problems and challenges, but also their strengths and assets. My approach is rooted in person-centered psychotherapy while drawing upon elements of positive psychology and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to provide clients with innovative interventions. Additionally, my work is informed by empirically-validated, psychological and neuroscience research.
TOP 3 SPECIALTIES
Although I provide generalized therapy and counseling services to individuals, children, adolescents, and families, my Top 3 Specialized Services include:
- Substance Abuse & Co-occurring Disorders
- Mood and Bipolar Disorders
- LGBTQ Population
EDUCATION / TRAINING
I earned my M.Ed. in Counseling from Boston University and completed my B.A. in Sociology from The Ohio State University within 3 years.
My professional background include working in non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and private practice. While working at Pillars, a community mental health agency, I provided individual and group therapy to people of all ages to treat a range of issues including mood disorders, substance abuse and addiction, anxiety and LGBTQ-related issues.
I have also provided individual and group therapy to high school students who struggled with substance abuse and addiction in tandem with other mental disorders at Northshore Recovery High School, one of the only high schools in the country that provides treatment to dually-diagnosed students. Additionally, my research experience includes best interventions for runaway teenagers and victims of bullying at The Ohio State University Couple and Family Therapy Clinic and Boston University Social Justice and Bullying Prevention Laboratory, respectively. I have undergone training in both domestic violence and sexual assault.
A LITTLE PERSONAL
I believe it is important to spend time enriching your life through new challenges and sustaining it with relaxing past times. I enjoy taking in the culture of Chicago through shows, festivals, movies and museums. I also like to spend time outdoors, walking the streets of our city or out in nature.