Therapist Spotlight: Kris Kirilova, LPC

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Kris Kirilova is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in life transitions, professional challenges, stress related anxiety and depression, and self-esteem issues. She enjoys working with diverse clients addressing career transitions and exploration, relationship problems, work-life balance, mid-life crisis, and cultural issues. Read her full bio here.

What self-care techniques or activities do you do?

I enjoy fitness classes and yoga, and meditation. I strongly believe in the body-mind connection, and how nutrition and physical activity affect your health and mental well-being. Close personal relationships and friendships are important to me, and I like to have time for family and social activities.

What made you become a therapist?

I have always been fascinated with the human mind but I became a therapist because of my desire to make a difference and create meaningful connections that are real and authentic. I find it rewarding to be a part of my clients’ journeys to overcome challenges, make changes, and improve themselves.

What are your specialties?

I find that work and love are fundamental parts in life along with health and well-being. My specialties are career counseling, relationships, life transitions, and depression and anxiety. Nowadays people change careers multiple times, and every transition requires an assessment of work and life priorities. Some people need help with work-life balance and others with relationships, self-esteem, or adjusting to a life transition. Having quality relationships and being connected to a supportive community enhances your resiliency and ability to deal with challenges. I also enjoy working with immigrants and expats trying to find a balance between different values or acclimate to a new culture.

Did you have a career before becoming a therapist?

Yes, I am a career changer, and I used to work with technology in Corporate America. I changed my career to counseling because of my desire to serve as a guide to others and help them find meaning, improve themselves and their relationships.

Why do you believe that counseling can help?

“As human beings, we have the need for connection and understanding, and when we feel low on resources, counseling is a great way to explore your challenges. Is your relationship hurting, a workplace challenge or a midlife crisis asking you to re-evaluate things? Counseling provides the space to explore your own thoughts, find your inner voice, and make changes based on your values.

I believe people have the internal resources and answers to their problems, but they need the space and structure to find solutions or make a change.

Why is it important to seek counseling?

Counseling can help you become a better version of yourself, heal internal blocks and overcome challenges that prevent you from living a happy life. Keep in mind this is a collaborative process, and it is important to feel comfortable working with your therapist. A professional counselor can provide you the support, encouragement, and structure to function more effectively, become more focused, and improve your relationships.