Kristen Tyler, PsyD, M.Ed.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and earned my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Adler University in Chicago. Prior to my doctoral studies, I received my Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Cambridge College. My primary area(s) of interest are Anxiety, Depression, perfectionism, relationship concerns, familial discord, women's issues, ADHD, and parenting difficulty. I also specialize in psychological testing to assess for ADHD, Learning Disorders, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, behavioral profiles, and personality styles.
Previously I worked in psychiatric hospitals, college counseling centers, and community mental health settings. During these experiences I focused on individual therapy with adults, and psychological assessment with children 6 through 18 years of age. A particular interest of mine is working with predoctoral trainees in a supervisory role.
My style of therapy is relational in nature, meaning I believe the relationship between the therapist and client can be the vehicle for insight and change. I value each person's unique experience and am collaborative in the therapy session. Finally, I consider the family system from which the client came to be important, as it often helps explain one's beliefs about oneself.
Megan Straza, LCPC, CRC
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with an earned Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Illinois Institute of Technology. My areas of interest and experience are Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions, Veterans, LGBTQ+ Identified Concerns, Relationship Difficulties, Trauma/PTSD and Grief. As a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, I am also experienced in working with Disability, Chronic Illness and Vocational Counseling.
My approach is humanistic, collaborative, and compassionate with the focus being on building a strong therapeutic relationship while getting to know my client's unique narratives. I am committed to creating a safe and nonjudgmental environment for clients to grow in self-awareness, curiosity, responsibility and authenticity. Depending on the needs of the client I use a variety of eclectic treatment modalities such as Mindfulness-Based Interventions, Solution Focused, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.
I believe it’s important to focus on the present while also understanding influences from our past and family systems. I value the practice of mindfulness and believe in the positive impact it can have on effectively managing stress and symptoms, disrupting patterns of reactionary behaviors and empowering us to live a more fulfilling, self-actualized life.