Many individuals come to therapy feeling stuck in life due to life stressors and changes, overwhelming anxiety and self-doubt, negative or ineffective coping skills, painful loss, and relationship struggles. In a safe, caring and respectful process, Dr. Kunkel works with clients collaboratively to assess their struggles, or where they feel stuck, and together determine therapeutic goals that move them toward self-empowerment, improved peace and quality of life, and healthier, more satisfying relationships.
Dr. Kunkel’s primary treatment approaches include solution-focused, cognitive behavioral, Mindfulness, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy interventions. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults. She has worked extensively with children and teens struggling with ADHD, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, self-harm, and eating disorders. Helping young children and teens learn early in life how to regulate their emotions, find inner peace, as well as gain a stronger sense of resiliency to life stressors has always been an interest and focus of treatment for Dr. Kunkel. In particular, teaching to practice creative, easy to use Mindfulness tools to all ages has been an especially successful way of reaching these goals.
Additionally, Dr. Kunkel has an interest in women’s issues. She enjoys working with teenage and adult women guiding and empowering them through relationship struggles, depression, anxiety, grief and post-partum issues.
Dr. Kunkel was educated at Mundelein College of Loyola University in Chicago and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she received her doctorate in clinical psychology.
Dr. Kunkel is an active member in her faith community and is the mother of three children.