We offer video and limited in-person therapy for ages 18+ Call (708) 794-6511
Krista is licensed in IL, TX , IN to practice therapy and clinical social work; and certified in FL to provide telehealth services. 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 trained and certified in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and Management (CISD/M) services. She provides crisis response to various situations such as mass casualty, workplace violence, natural disasters, industrial accidents, employee deaths, civil unrest and racial violence. She brings cultural humility and extensive skill in supporting employees, employers and communities to each crisis response service she provides; both in-person and via video.
Krista has been providing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) training and guidance and coaching to corporations, social service agencies, social workers, counselors and community members for over 20 years.
She previously served on Diversity and Cultural Competence 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 has provided services to members of the LGBTQ community throughout her career, and continues as an advocate and ally.
Most of her work has been in Black communities with pride and understanding; along with other BIPOC (Black/Brown, Indigenous People or Persons of Color).
She openly shares that she is a biracial (African-American/Caucasian) person of color (POC), transracial adoptee from foster care, and grew up on the far South Side of Chicago. Her roots remain in Chicago and the south suburbs.
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 subsequently 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 can receive support and work toward recovery. She accepts clients covered by Medicaid; something that many therapists in private practice traditionally don't do; or clients are faced with waiting lists months long at community mental health centers or public mental health clinics. We are able to help sooner.
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. We give you the tools to help yourself!
We provide therapy services to clients who live in IL, IN, TX or FL only. (Adults only at this time)