Pam Kranyak, MA
Pam began her career in secondary education after attending Northwestern University. She spent a year tutoring and a subsequent year teaching full-time, before pivoted to pursue her career in counseling.
Pam found that her favorite moments of teaching were the small learning moments, the “aha” feeling when students understood something for the first time. She valued getting to know students’ learning styles: how to listen attentively for student meaning, how to ask questions, and how to remain quiet at critical times. These values coincide with her values as a therapist and led her to counseling.
Pam’s counseling studies at Adler University allowed her to explore a wide range of evidence-based therapies, as well as best practices in working with various patients, through a social justice lens.
Pam’s passion for facilitating insight is central to her approach. She values small-scale conversations with large-scale potential; she knows that simple moments can change big things. She also recognizes that change takes time, and she approaches therapy with attention to patients’ timelines and expectations. She uses a systems-based approach to honor patients’ identities and their experiences.
Pam's work with The Aspen Center's team of knowledgeable clinicians has supported patient growth and development.