She/Her/HersCertified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, CADC Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT Specialties • Insurance & Fees • Locations
Kristen Simons is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who enjoys working with adults ages 20 and up at her practice in Evanston, IL. Many clients seek her support in mitigating symptoms of anxiety, including overanalyzing and rumination, a perfectionistic drive, and people-pleasing tendencies. Other individuals come in for concerns about relationships with their loved ones, symptoms of depression, and substance use issues.
Kristen works with her clients to identify core values and personal strengths that shape their outlook and everyday actions and serve as a springboard for meaningful change. She works with clients to come up with actionable steps to manage their anxiety and unhelpful thoughts that they can practice in everyday life. This might include skills such as mindfulness techniques, behavioral/lifestyle changes, suggested reading, or communication skills. Additionally, as a Registered Yoga Teacher, she is skilled at helping clients become more in-tune with their bodies, and better understand the connection between their mental and physical symptoms.
Kristen enjoys guiding her clients to a place where they can easily access self-compassion amid the stressors of everyday life, and carve out a life that aligns with their values and vision. She feels the most important part of therapy is the therapist/client relationship and brings a sense of warmth and calmness to her work with clients.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Pregnancy, perinatal, postpartum mental health - Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety
Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others
Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Mindfulness - Bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment
Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
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Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
Kristen works with adults and young adults aged 20+.
Years of Experience: 10 years
Private Practice, Owner/Therapist, 2019 - Present
NorthShore Perinatal Depression Program, Hotline Counselor, 2020 - Present
Compass Health Center, Adult Group Therapist, 2017 - 2019
Community Mental Health, Therapist, 2015 - 2017
Alexian Brothers, Group Therapist, 2013 - 2015
SMYL 200 Hour Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), 2019
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Masters in Clinical Counseling, 2013
Ohio University, Bachelor of Arts, 2011