Kristen Ras, MALicensed Professional Counselor
A little about me. . .
I am interested in working with people who are going through transitions or feeling stuck—whether due to depression, anxiety, life changes, grief, or stress. I am committed to helping clients develop positive coping skills and a healthy perspective on life so they may live life to the fullest.
I enjoy working with clients to create a hopeful perspective that can come from understanding their own values, and I often rely on acceptance and commitment therapy to facilitate the process. I also draw from mindfulness techniques and meditation.
I have worked extensively with teenagers, young adults, and families through my career as high school teacher for fourteen years. I am currently the Religion Department Chair at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, where I also serve in the ministry department.
I am also interested in applying my experience working with people on their faith journeys into my clinical practice. I have led and spoken at various retreats, workshops, and conferences concerning spirituality and faith. I have also done extensive research and writing on recovery from eating disorders, particularly within a faith context. I am an active volunteer with the National Eating Disorders Association, and I believe strongly in building a healthy self-image.
I am currently working under the supervision of Dr. Ann Letourneau, CSJ.
MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Concordia University
MA in Pastoral Studies, Catholic Theological Union
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)
“I am committed to helping clients develop positive coping skills and a healthy perspective on life.”
~ National Eating Disorder Association
~ American Counseling Association
~ Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling
I am a provider for BCBSIL/PPO plans, Aetna, and I accept most insurance plans out of network.