Meet the Counselor

Kris Kirilova, LCPC


As a licensed therapist in Arlington Heights, IL, I serve the Northwest suburbs and Chicago area virtually.

People seek me out for individual counseling or career counseling. I find that love and work are essential parts of life, and I support clients to find fulfillment in their personal life and career.  As a therapist, people seek my help to manage major life transitions, midlife issues, relationships, anxiety, stress, grief and loss, and work-life balance.

Within career counseling, clients typically face career transitions, workplace dissatisfaction, or need help finding their passions and direction. They desire to deepen the understanding of themselves and their unique talents.



  • Master’s Degree (MA) in Clinical Psychology, Roosevelt University
  • Mindfulness & Self-Compassion Training 
  • EMDR Foundational Training, Institute for Creative Mindfulness
  • Bachelor’s degree of Art, DePaul University
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (IL)


I recognize the importance of culture and its impact. I welcome diversity in sex, age, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, gender identity, etc.

I enjoy helping expats, international students, and bi-cultural individuals going through major transitions.

My practice in Arlington Heights, IL reflects the diversity and international vibrancy of Chicago.

Professional Memberships: Illinois Counseling Association, IL Mental Health Counselor (IMHCA).

Licensed in Illinois; Registered to provide teletherapy /virtual counseling in Florida.



My approach blends compassion focused therapy, acceptance, and mindfulness to cultivate self-compassion, courage, and resilience. I also draw from Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, attachment-based approaches, and psychodynamic therapies to best meet your needs. 

I have pursued advanced training in mindful self-compassion which has been shown effective for enhancing emotional well-being.  Much research suggests cultivating compassion as an inner resource for coping with challenges, and finding strength and resilience.

I offer a warm and collaborative space to help you explore options, reconnect with your inner compass, and work toward your goals.  

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