Krista is licensed in IL, TX and IN to practice therapy and clinical social work. She holds a BA degree in Sociology from Roosevelt University in Chicago and a Master of Social Work degree (MSW) from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her career in social work/social services spans over 25 years. Krista is also trained and certified in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and Management (CISD/M) services. She provides crisis response to various situations such as workplace violence, industrial accidents, employee death, robbery, company layoffs/downsizing, etc.
Krista currently serves on Diversity and Cultural Comptence Committee of the National Assoc. of Social Workers (NASW)-IL Chapter. She is a national speaker and trainer on a variety of clinical and non-clinical topics. Over the course of her career, she has worked in executive leadership positions in Medicaid managed care, community mental health and long term care with persons with severe and persistent mental illness. Her earlier career includes leadership in foster care/adoption and direct service to clients. Krista has extensive clinical experience in child abuse, mental health, substance abuse/addiction; domestic violence, and incarcerated/formerly incarcerated persons and their families.
She openly shares that she is a biracial (African-American/Caucasian), transracial adoptee from foster care, raised in Chicago.
Her past leadership includes serving 2 terms on the Illinois Adoption Advisory Council and has voluntarily served on several Board of Directors of child welfare and non-profit advocacy organizations.
Integrity was incorporated in IL 2011 following the passing of Krista's mother. A month after her passing, Krista found herself the victim of unjust treatment on the job and subsquently out of work. As a single mother of 2 children, and already having almost 20 years experience working with people who had been hurt, abused and often discriminated against, she decided to establish Integrity, and demonstrate compassion and integrity to others in a way that she knows is important to helping people thrive and live their best lives.
She works to ensure services at Integrity are provided in ways that people feel safe, free from harm, discrimination or feeling invisible. Krista works daily to ensure that services are provided with integrity.
Krista wanted to ensure that clients of all backgrounds and income levels can afford to get help and support and recovery. She accepts clients covered by Medicaid; while most therapists in private practice don't; or people are faced with waiting lists months long to at community mental health centers or public mental health clinics before they can get help and support. Most clients calling Integrity can be seen within a few days.
Each client is shown the utmost respect regardless of background. We work with men, women, teens, children (ages 6+), couples, and families of all types.
We ensure that from the intake process through your work with our therapists, that you are treated with respect and dignity.
We work with clients from any race, culture, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or legal/immigration status.
We promise to provide you with respect through the therapy process, being open, honest and using our education, training and experience to help you find healing and peace. We avoid using psychological jargon; instead providing clients with information to make informed decisions about their lives and their care.