Kristen Okrzesik, MSW, is a 2015 graduate from Loyola University Chicago's School of Social Work. She also holds a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from DePaul University in Chicago (2007). After teaching at New Trier High School for four years, Kristen returned to school in 2013 to focus on her Master's in Social Work. She has interests in many areas of practice including child and adolescent services, schools, mental health, and individual and family therapy.
Kristen completed her first level internship with Therapy 4U Chicago in 2013, and provided individual services for elderly and residents with mental disorders at Clark Manor Convalescent in Rogers Park. Her second placement was at Niles North High School in Skokie, IL, where she provided individual and group counseling, RtI and Special Education services, consultation, and crisis intervention. In addition, Kristen is a certified Rape Victim Advocate and has experience with crisis intervention. Kristen also worked as a project manager and research assistant with a team focusing on orphan and vulnerable youth transitioning out of institutional care in Ethiopia, which was partially funded by Loyola's Center for Human Rights of Children.
Kristen uses a strengths-based approach when working with children, adolescents, and adults in the areas of anxiety, depression, suicide, crisis intervention, ADHD, Bipolar disorders, spectrum disorders, relationships, coping skills, and self-esteem. She is also a published author in both Praxis and Emerging Adulthood journals. Currently Kristen is providing services at multiple schools in the Uno Charter School Network, in addition to working as a therapist at Clarity Clinic.
Clinical Implications for Working with Couples Experiencing Infidelity
Aging Out of Care in Ethiopia
Specialties | Depression, Anxiety Disorders, ADD/ADHD, Bipolar Disorders, Crisis Intervention, Spectrum Disorders, Self-esteem Issues, Relationships, Child & Adolescent, Play Therapy, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Depression, Grief and Loss, Mood Disorders, Suicidal Ideation, Insomnia, PTSD, Domestic Violence, Mindfulness