Kristi Jordan Graham, Ph.D.
Dr. Graham joined Meier Clinics in 2007 and works at both the Chicago and Wheaton clinic locations. She is especially interested in helping clients and their families make progress in the areas of improving relationships, exercising forgiveness, and moving successfully through life transitions. Dr. Graham's therapy style is collaborative and strengths-focused, in addition to cognitive behavioral. She has worked with ethnic minorities for much of her professional career, but extends her work to people of all races.
Some common treatment issues Dr. Graham works with:
Anxiety, Boundaries, Codependency, Communication, Depression, Family Relationships, Guilt/Shame, Identity, Life-Transitions, Managing Stress, Marital Problems, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Sexual Abuse, Spiritual Issues, Trust, and Women's Issues
Before her work at Meier Clinics, Dr. Graham was an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she conducted research on HIV/AIDS in African American women and teenage girls. She also received federal funding to explore African American women's partnership selection and HIV risk behavior. Dr. Graham has taught graduate seminars on cultural awareness in psychology and has gained much of her clinical experience working with ethnic minority youth and families.
“My goal is to provide my clients with research-based, effective tools and resources to improve the quality of their lives. Much of this work includes: helping them either create or better utilize a safe, supportive network of family and friends; addressing their fears in a non-judgmental, supportive environment; and assisting clients in creating and implementing boundaries in their relationships. I use biblical teaching and scriptures to reinforce this process so that clients can learn to draw upon God’s love, wisdom, and strength as they better themselves and improve their lives.”
Dr. Graham has presented at numerous conferences over the years and has published an article in Current Opinion in Pediatrics. She has also collaborated with several churches on HIV awareness among women and is available for speaking engagements to churches and organizations on a variety of topics. Dr. Graham attained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College in 1994. Her Master of Science and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology were received from Vanderbilt University in 1997 and 2000, respectively. She is currently licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in Illinois.
Dr. Graham offers reduced fees to clients who meet the financial guidelines.