River West, Ravenswood
As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist, Kiya has supported couples and family members to improve communication in order to heal all of their relationships. Kiya has extensive experience working with people to move beyond self-destructive behaviors. As a Certified Addictions Counselor, Kiya has helped people to admit their issues with addictive substances and activities as a first step towards developing a healthier lifestyle. Kiya also makes a special outreach to the LGBT community and to creative individuals.
What made you become a therapist?
I started out as a school teacher and realized early on that I cared much more about the emotional health of the children than any academic requirements. I became a school counselor and then a school psychologist. When I went into Private Practice, I chose to concentrate on working with adults.
What are your specialties?
Addictions, Self-Esteem, Depression, Anxiety, Couple Counseling, LGBT issues, Creativity, Energy Work.
Did you have a career before becoming a therapist?
I was an elementary school teacher, then a Special Education teacher, a school counselor, and a school psychologist.
Why do you believe that counseling can help?
I know it can help because I have counseled hundreds of people throughout my career and I’ve watched them move and grow through the process of being heard, respected, supported, and understood.
Why is it important to seek counseling?
There are many times in life when situations can become so overwhelming that a person needs someone safe and objective to talk to. Friends and family don’t always have the time or the skills to deal with deep issues that may impact a person’s ability to cope with life stresses.
Favorite Self Care Activities:
Hanging our with friends, playing with my cat, prayer, reading, writing, and painting portraits.