Specialties & Expertise
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Kristen Jacobsen is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Lake View, Chicago who specializes in seeing individuals in their 20s and 30s with anxiety and/or depression or are navigating perfectionism and/or relationships. She also specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and helping adults develop healthier self-care routines.
Kristen takes an individualized, client-centered approach that incorporates elements of CBT, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She works with her clients to develop healthier coping strategies and frame their thought patterns and behaviors.
Kristen helps her clients experience relief from their symptoms and learn how to lead a life they love and deserve. Her office is located a few blocks from the Brown line.
Message to clients
We often spend so much time worrying about the future or ruminating about the past, we are not present in the moment, and we miss out on important life experiences. My goal is to guide you through the therapeutic process and provide a safe, encouraging, and non-judgmental environment. Within this therapeutic relationship, you will be able to understand your emotions more authentically, gain insight into inhibiting thought processes, change counterproductive patterns of behavior, and develop healthy ways of coping.
I see therapy as being extremely beneficial, as it sifts through thoughts and emotions to make sense of why we think, feel, and act the way we do. Once those elements are identified, we can begin to figure out how we create order from chaos. Our work together will be collaborative, and our time together will be devoted to you and your needs. We will explore how you got to this place in your life, and implement protective strategies so these emotions do not continue to become destructive habits or patterns. Take this opportunity to invest in yourself and experience more contentment and fulfillment in life.
Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others
Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Learning to foster one’s mental health by deliberately taking time for oneself
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) -
A type of therapy in which negative thought patterns are challenged in order to modify problem behaviors in a short-term, skill-based manner
- Adults (24+)
- Teenagers (13-18)
Work and Education
Private Practice, 2013 - Present
National Louis University, Adjunct Psychology Professor, 2018 - Present
Ingalls Memorial Hospital, 2011 - 2013
Leyden Family Services, 2008 - 2011
Adler School of Professional Psychology, MA - Counseling Psychology, 2009
Vanderbilt University, BA - Psychology & Educational Studies, 2004