Kasia Wereszczynska has experience in working with children, adolescents, families and adults. Originally from Poland, Kasia has developed an appreciation for different cultures. She works to build a healing environment that helps facilitate personal growth and positive change. Kasia has extensive training and experience in crisis intervention, cognitive-behavioral therapy and positive psychology. Her areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, self esteem concerns and stress management.
Kasia has provided clinical mental health counseling and crisis intervention to a culturally diverse population serving the South Side of Chicago and the North Shore area. She has a history of working in various settings including the mental health court system with cook county jail, hospital emergency room, community mental health agencies, and both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric hospital settings.
Kasia graduated from the Illinois School of Psychology in Chicago with a Master’s degree in Community Counseling. Her undergraduate studies included Psychology. She is a driven individual who is dedicated to her profession. Her drive and dedication manifest with a delightful manner that is key in working with a wide variety of personalities and situations. She is the past President for the Chicago Counseling Association, has served on the NAMI-Metro Sub Board and volunteers with the Sheliah Doyle Foundation. Her passion is to continue to do sound and successful work. She creates a nurturing environment to explore, to heal, and to grow.
Wereszczynska is an international speaker with noted presentations in the US, Poland, Italy, Canada, Switzerland and Hungary, based on her areas of expertise: “Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma and Burnout-The Cost of Caring” and “Rising above: A multicultural approach to mentoring women towards successful careers in counseling and psychology.”
A few other noted presentations:
Wereszczynska, K. (2017, March). Trauma of Victimization: Critical Symptoms, Response, and Recovery. Presentation at Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL.
Wereszczynska, K. (2016, August). Correlations between teen violence & behavioral health. Presentation at Riveredge Hospital Rise-n-Learn, Forest Park, IL.
Wereszczynska, K. (2016, July). Strategies and techniques on de-escalating crisis situations. Presentation at the 2016 American Mental Health Counselors Association 40th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Wereszczynska, K. (2016, July). Opioid use disorder: An epidemic beginning in our medicine cabinets. Presentation at the 2016 American Mental Health Counselors Association 40th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Wereszczynska, K. 2016, May). Reducing deadly school violence: Prevention through understanding behavioral health. Presentation at the Illinois Association for Multicultural Counseling Annual Spring Conference, Chicago, IL.
Wereszczynska, K. (2015, November). Serving clients with mental health disabilities. Presentation at the Chicago Bar Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
Wereszczynska, K. (2015, November). Finding the courage within: On becoming a leader among professional counselors. Presentation at the 2015 Illinois Counseling Association Annual Conference, Skokie, IL.
Wereszczynska, K., & Holmes, M. (2015, November). Workplace bullying and mobbing: Understanding the trauma and injury associated with workplace hostilities. Presentation at the 2015 Illinois Counseling Association Annual Conference.