Kris Kirilova, MA, LPC 
Career Counselor Chicago

As a professional counselor, I specialize in career counseling and life coaching with people in life or career transitions, navigating change, job loss, and improving personal or professional relationships. I believe in holistic career and life coaching that takes the whole person into account, and integrate your values, strengths, and experiences.

I offer a warm and collaborate atmosphere in an evolving partnership to help you feel confident, explore options, find solutions, and work toward your goals.  I realize your personal and professional life often impact each other, and with the guidance & assistance, you can find courage and direction in times of transition.  My style is integrative with a focus on cognitive behavioral approaches, narrative career counseling, and solution-focused therapy.  I see my work as helping people to experience success and fulfillment in work and life, and reach their full potential.

Education and Training:

  • Master’s Degree (MA) in Clinical Psychology, Roosevelt University
  • Supervised Counseling Internship, Personal and Career Development, Northwestern University.
  • Bachelor’s degree of Art, DePaul University
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Kris Kirilova is a counselor & coach at Midwest Institute for Workplace Innovation in Elmhurst.
Professional Memberships: 
Illinois Counseling Association, National Career Development Association

As a career changer, myself, I understand what is like to feel unhappy and dissatisfied. Unlike most career coaches, I have a counseling background, which means you can explore deeper issues that might hold you back from pursuing your goals.  In my earlier work,  I worked with students at Northwestern University and helped  them with career choices, transitions, personal concerns to overcome obstacles and move forward.

Before transitioning to counseling, my first career was in Corporate America where I managed information systems. I still enjoy technology and innovative ways to bring counseling and knowledge to people. In my search for meaning and desire to make an impact in the lives of others, I changed careers to counseling and coaching, and now continue to work in a private group practice.

I love what I do, and look forward to partnering with you!

Originally from Bulgaria, I have traveled to different foreign countries and enjoy learning about foreign cultures and traditions. This allows me to understand the needs and concerns of bi-cultural individuals, expats, international students living in between two countries, and adjusting to a new culture.

I enjoy being with my clients on their journey to self-development, overcoming challenges, and finding the resources to grow and actualize their full potential.


Take the next step! I encourage you to contact me with questions or connect on social media.