Kristina Pecora, Psy.D.
Medical & Health Psychology
Anxiety & Stress management
Cultural differences & transitions- Refugee/immigration trauma & acculturation
Grief & Loss
Relationships & Communication
Relaxation, meditation and mindfulness
Optum Behavioral Health
kristina pecora, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Pecora is a licensed clinical psychologist working in private practice since 2008. As a Health Psychologist, she firmly believes that therapy is a healthy support system for creating positive change in one’s life, both physically and emotionally.
Her goal is to help you uncover your true potential, and lead a life that is worth enjoying. While people cannot change difficult situations or the past, Kristina works with you to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. Through application of complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will work together to unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may hold you back from experiencing a more fulfilling, more meaningful life.
Kristina is a graduate of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (PsyD, 2008), The Catholic University of America (MA, 2003), and Hope College (BA, 2000). She is a Certified Health Coach and member of the National Society of Health Coaches (2017). She received a Certificate in Global Mental Health with a specialization in Trauma and Recovery from Harvard Medical School (May 2016). She is a member of the American Psychological Association (Div 38-Health Psychology, Early-Career Professional Counsel), and the Association for Contextual & Behavior Therapies (Chicago Chapter). In her spare time, she enjoys running the lakefront, drinking lots of coffee, and enjoying everything Chicago has to offer.
"She has such a calming and friendly spirit. She is very knowledgeable and insightful. She is totally awesome!"