Kristen Ras, MAStaff Therapist
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.
MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Concordia University
MA in Pastoral Studies, Catholic Theological Union
“I am committed to helping clients develop positive coping skills and a healthy perspective on life.”
I am a provider for BCBSIL/PPO plans and will accept most other insurance plans out of network.
Active with the National Eating Disorder Association