Kristen Draughan


About Me

Hello, and welcome to my bio page! Thank you for taking the time to get to know me and for being brave in taking this step to reach out to someone. It can be an intimidating process but I am confident you will experience a smooth transition if you choose to work with me.

My name is Kristen Draughan and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2011 and my Master's degree in Social Work in 2015. I began seeing clients in 2014 and I have continued working in a clinical role ever since. Over the last five years, I have worked with men, women, and children in the community and have also worked with individuals who are incarcerated. These counseling sessions have provided opportunities to work with a variety of mental health diagnoses including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and personality disorders. I have also worked extensively with victims of abuse: physical, sexual, spiritual, and emotional.

I am deeply passionate about empowering my clients as they wade through difficult times in their life and my goal is to approach them through a trauma-informed lens. I also strive to offer skills that improve one's self-worth and resilience. To help facilitate this, I became a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and I have also completed numerous trainings on Shame Resilience Theory by Dr. Brené Brown. To make sure I have a rounded approach, I also draw on other treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy.

I check messages periodically throughout the week & I respond to messages within 24-48 hours. I offer one session a week that lasts 30 or 50 minutes (based on your preference). They can be conducted via video session, phone call session, &/or live chat session a week. I offer these sessions the following days and time:
Monday: 10am12pm; 1pm-5pm.
Tuesday: 10am-12pm.
Wednesday: 10am-12pm.

I hope to hear from you and look forward to learning your story. Each one of us is unique and our stories deserve to be told and heard.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Coping with life changes , Attachment Issues , Codependency , Domestic Violence , Family of Origin Issues , Guilt and Shame , Isolation/Loneliness , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 6

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LCSW #149020320 (Expires: 2021-11-01)


Written by J.A. on Apr 24, 2021 after counseling with Kristen for 4 months

Kristen Draughan has been helpful to me in finding ways to navigate some very challenging relational situations. She is insightful, empathetic and direct in her manner. I have found her to be easy to communicate with. She has responded quickly to prompts outside of regularly scheduled sessions.

Written by C.R. on May 15, 2020 after counseling with Kristen for 2 weeks

Kristen is very knowledgeable, understanding, reassuring and really listens. I am looking forward to learning more with her.