Olga Kilstein, AMFT, is a Marriage and Family therapist and a Positive Discipline workshop facilitator. She is a graduate of the Adler School of Professional Psychology.
Olga is a big-picture thinker. She knows from experience that inspiration and personal growth can come from diverse beginnings.
Her career began with a love of numbers, patterns, and logic that led to a stint in public accounting and consulting. Even then, she explains, “It was never about the numbers. ” Instead it was about helping people recognize patterns and change, correct, or optimize them.
Interested in working with people on a more personal level, Olga began working in 2011 on a Master’s Degree at the Adler School of Professional Psychology. She found herself drawn to working with children and families, one-on-one and in groups.
Today, she is a certified “Prepare and Enrich” pre-marital and marriage enrichment program facilitator. She works with individual kids, teens, and adults in the larger context of marriage and family systems, and she also leads positive parenting groups throughout Chicago.
In her work, Olga employs systems theory with the understanding that the context of our lives has an enormous influence upon who we are. She also relies upon Virginia Satir’s experiential family theory, which honors the connections between emotions and our behavior. She is drawn to the connection between Satir’s ideas about yearning and the Jewish concept of the soul as the ultimate self.
“I am curious about the human experience in all its forms. ” explains Olga, “ and I bring that curiosity into my work. It allows me to help clients review their lives from all perspectives and possibly to discover hidden, untapped potential.
In all her work, Olga believes in supporting the connection between mind, body, and soul. To that end, she uses experiential techniques and encourages her clients to affirm and explore the sources of meaning in their lives.