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Kristen Widing 



A Bit About Me

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and therapist at Ashe Counseling and Coaching. I am often described as a passionate, empathic, and mindful person. My clients view me as down-to-earth, trustworthy, and engaged. I enjoy empowering clients through their own personal potential.

I strive to provide a therapeutic relationship that meets your unique needs. My goal is to allow individuals to truly explore themselves without the fear of being judged. I value meeting clients where they are at, as this is your personal journey. I utilize a more holistic or humanistic approach to therapy which will provide support and consider the whole picture in order to deeper understand challenges.  Although I work with clients of all ages, I am especially passionate about working with those who want a change or growth, but do not know where to start. I am skilled with assisting clients in understanding and developing skills to challenge self doubt, lack of fulfillment, unconscious drives, and the impacts of the body to brain pathways. 

I grew up in a suburb of Chicago. I received my Undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University in Social Work where I completed an internship at a nonprofit that trained PTSD service dogs and provided a 3-week trauma resiliency program to veterans. I received my Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago where I completed an extensive internship at UI Health at the inpatient and outpatient level. My next goal is to become a Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher. 

I am someone who strongly believes that life balance is essential. When I am not working I love to hop out of my comfort zone and learn new things or travel. I also value slowing down and enjoying the simple things life can offer.

Why did you decide to become a social worker?

Since a young age, I've had a profound curiosity about understanding the intricacies of human behavior

and the motivations that drive us. I have consistently been recognized for my compassion and listening

skills, prompting me to channel these attributes into a fulfilling career. I consider myself lucky to genuinely

love what I do.

What type of clients are you most excited to work with?

Although I work with clients of all ages, I am especially passionate about

working with those who want a change or growth, but do not know where to start

What's one thing you wish all clients knew?

The importance of self- compassion. I believe self-compassion is vital for promoting mental and

emotional well-being, fostering resilience, improving relationships, and supporting personal growth. It can

have a profound positive impact on various aspects of life, helping us navigate challenges and thrive

Why did you choose to practice at Ashe Counseling & Coaching LLC

Ashe Counseling & Coaching LLC motivates us all through genuine passion and support. I consider it a

privilege to work for a practice that values diversity and is highly attuned to meeting the unique needs of

all our clients.

My top 3 feel good songs 

My clients. It is truly inspiring to see the progress, resilience, and vulnerability that is displayed by my clients. 




Anxiety Career Counseling Coping Skills

Depression Self Esteem Stress

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