Jenna Kraft, MA, LCSW
Jenna Kraft is a relationally-focused psychotherapist with eight years of experience providing mental health services to children, adults, couples and families in neighborhoods all over Chicago. Jenna brings a strong background in feminist, gender and race studies and the intersection that these identities play within the broader relationship to experiencing the world. Jenna has contributed to multiple large-scale research initiatives exploring the impact of various identities on achievement and self-esteem. Jenna’s work has been included in multiple research publications, including Professional Psychology Research and Practice. Jenna is also proud to have contributed to “Conceptually Sound Thinking about Depression: An Internet Survey and its Implications,” drawing attention to the importance of understanding the multiple, interacting causes that lead to mental illness.
During her graduate studies, Jenna interned at two prestigious Chicago-area non-profits, Heartland Alliance and JPA. Heartland provided Jenna with a strong cognitive-behavioral background, while she received extensive psychodynamic and psychoanalytic training at JPA. Post-graduate, Jenna led a multi-disciplinary team which provided expert counseling and community support services for adults with severe and persistent mental illness at Chicago’s largest and furthest-reaching non-profit, Thresholds.
In 2014, Jenna returned to JPA as a contributing therapist to JPA’s award winning Building Bridges to North Lawndale (BBNL) program. Jenna has since transitioned to assist JPA in spearheading the multi-million dollar North Lawndale Reads (NLR) Initiative. Through her integral role, Jenna expertly provides elementary and middle-school aged children and their families with comprehensive therapeutic services to ensure that they are equipped to reach their full potential. Jenna skillfully and meaningfully facilitates small treatment groups, psychosocial skill-building classroom groups and provides consultation to educators and administrators in school-based initiatives.
Jenna has witnessed the immense transformative power of psychotherapy and in the change and insight relationships can create when someone is truly heard. Jenna is committed to providing her clients with interactive, client-centered and compassionate therapeutic services.
- BA, Psychology and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan
- MA, Clinical Social Work, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
Areas of Specialty:
- Women’s issues
- Social and relationship concerns
- Children and adolescents
- Parenting and family concerns
- National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
- American Psychological Association (APA)