Kristen Simons, Therapist in Evanston, Illinois — Zencare
Kristen  Simons
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Kristen Simons

She/Her/Hers

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, CADC Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT
Illinois Not Accepting Online
Evanston Not Accepting In-person

Only biweekly sessions available.

No evenings from 4pm or later available at this time.

This therapist is currently not accepting new clients. Find available Illinois therapists on Zencare.

Updated August 31, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Perfectionism
  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • Mindfulness
  • Life transitions
  • Substance abuse
  • Self-esteem

Professional statement

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.


Message to clients

It takes a great deal of strength to reach out for support and I applaud you for taking the first step! If you’d like to learn more about how I might be able to support your mental and physical wellness journey, please set up a phone consultation with me. I’d love to chat about your needs and help you get back to feeling more like yourself.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

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

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Substance abuse - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)
  • Loveland Therapy Fund Clients

Insurance

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
  • Loyola University Chicago Student Health Insurance (UnitedHealthcare)
  • Optum
  • United Healthcare
  • University of Chicago Student Health Insurance (UnitedHealthcare)
  • University of Illinois Student Health Insurance (UnitedHealthcare)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $130 (55min)
  • Initial session: $150 (55min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

Kristen works with adults and young adults aged 20+.


Location(s)

Online Sessions (Illinois)
Not accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Evanston practice
1818 Dempster Street, Evanston, Illinois 60202
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 9 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


Licensure

Illinois: 180011467


Languages

English


Client testimonials

"She was friendly, clear about how she practices, and listened to my areas of concern."
- Zencare client • September 2020
"Kristin was kind, respectful, and asked great questions! So glad I got connected with her via Zencare."
- Zencare client • September 2020
"Kristen was very supportive and listened actively."
- Zencare client • August 2020