Kristen Jacobsen, MA, LCPC

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Anxiety can feel all consuming. Even when things are seemingly wonderful, you’re still waiting for something horrible to happen. You overanalyze every situation because you’re scared of what will happen if you’re not prepared for it. The simplest tasks can feel overwhelming and lead to self-doubt, fear of failure, or feeling like your best still isn’t good enough. You’ve come to realize how utterly exhausting it is to live in a near constant state of “fight or flight” for so long, and you’re ready to take the initiative and do something about it.  My areas of clinical focus are anxiety and perfectionism, so if these statements resonate with you, I may be a good fit.  I’d love to help you find relief and experience more peace in your life.
I will provide a safe, encouraging, and non-judgmental environment within which you can restore hope that the anxiety you’ve been experiencing can be managed. What would your life look like if your energy was no longer consumed by intrusive thoughts and constant worry? We often spend so much time worrying about the future or ruminating about the past, that we are not present in the moment, and we miss out on important experiences.
We will establish a healthy rapport and therapeutic relationship in which you will be able to understand your emotions more authentically. Clients I work with often report a marked reduction in anxious thoughts and behaviors during our time together. I will help you manage your anxiety before it has a chance to take over and work collaboratively with you to gain insight into your feelings, thought processes, and behaviors.  In turn, we will work toward alleviating your pain and developing more effective methods of coping.
Taking that first step toward seeking counseling can be intimidating and create some discomfort. These are normal feelings that can easily be alleviated with a phone call or email. Please contact me at: or 773.498.3799 (Ext. 1) if you would like to schedule an initial appointment or conduct a brief phone consultation. Learn more about anxiety disorders, my practice, and how I may be able to help you at
More Information About My Practice:
I began my practice, Cathartic Space Counseling, in 2013 after extensive experience working in both outpatient (office) and inpatient (hospital) settings. I expanded my practice in 2017 by hiring 2 additional clinicians and an insurance & billing specialist. I currently specialize in working with clients who struggle with anxiety, perfectionism, depression, and relationship concerns. I have a background in crisis assessment/intervention and have had the privilege of interacting with individuals and families who have presented with a wide range of clinical presentations and unique needs. I have a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Illinois. I have been featured on CBS News, The Chicago Tribune, Empire Broadcast Radio, Psych Central, and Chicago Parent Magazine. My approach is eclectic, and I tailor my therapeutic techniques according to each individual client’s needs.

How Psychotherapy Can Help:
I once had a client tell me when he first began therapy it felt like he had 40 suitcases (i.e. baggage) disorganized and strewn about the room. When we eventually terminated his treatment, he explained that he now felt like he had 2 neatly packed suitcases sitting in the corner. Those suitcases may always be there, but they will no longer be burdensome for him. This is how I see psychotherapy as being helpful. It sifts through our thoughts and emotions to make sense of why we think and feel the way we do. Once that is identified, we can begin figuring out how to create order from chaos. We will arm you with healthy coping strategies and allow you to let go of old belief systems that were once adaptive, but are no longer necessary in your present life.

Kristen Jacobsen Reaches

Oak Park IL
Chicago IL