Helping people achieve a healthy lifestyle that is flexible, fun and purple scarf with book croppedlong-lasting, Jennifer Cross provides a personalized roadmap to health that suits each unique body, lifestyle, and set of goals. Jennifer guides her clients to incorporate healthy habits daily, to accept themselves in the present moment, to develop a healthy body image and to enjoy their journey toward wellness.

Through her vast experience, education and specialized training, Ms. Jennifer Cross, a Board Certified Clinical Counselor and health coach, has found that her clients best succeed when they achieve wellness through mindful eating, moderate exercise and developing a healthy body image.

Her extensive knowledge in behavioral health psychology, holistic nutrition, health coaching, preventive health and dietary theories is how Ms. Cross helps clients make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.

She developed the “360 Degree Health Analysis” program to really understand how best to help each individual client become healthy in a way that is fun, nutritious, natural and easy to maintain.


heartTo achieve health and wellness, we examine how all areas of your life are connected. Does stress at your job or in your relationship cause you to overeat? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising? As we work together, we will look at how all parts of your life affect your health as a whole.

“My approach is not to dwell on calories, carbs, fats, and proteins. It is not to create lists of restrictions or good and bad foods. Instead, I work with my clients to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun and rewarding.” – Jennifer Cross

Together we’ll work to reach your health goals in areas such as achieving optimal weight, reducing food cravings, increasing sleep, and maximizing energy. As we work together, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of the food and lifestyle choices that work best for you and implement lasting changes that will improve your energy, balance and health. That is the holistic approach to health and wellness!

Authentic Living & Wellness offers health coaching and behavioral health counseling for those struggling with distorted body image, eating disorders, or food addiction. For More Info, visit Programs.

As a counseling professional, I am held to a high standard, morally, ethically and legally. I practice with utmost discretion, respect and confidentiality. I adhere to the ACA – Code of Ethics for Counseling Professionals.


M.S. Community Counseling, National Louis University Board Certification                                   B.S. Community Health & Health Education, Northern Illinois University                       Certified Health & Wellness Coach, Institute for Integrative Nutrition

 Founder and President, Authentic Living & Wellness, Downers Grove, Illinois
 Licensed Counselor at The Choice is Yours Counseling LLC, Downers Grove, Illinois    Clinical Internship – Linden Oaks Hospital, Naperville, Il

What is a Health Counselor?

A Health Counselor creates a safe and confidential partnership with the goal of assisting you to achieve your personal health and wellness goals naturally, over time. Health Counseling utilizes effective behavioral psychology methods and current holistic wellness techniques to assist clients in making lasting lifestyle changes.

“The ultimate goal of the health counseling relationship is to connect my client with their true self. This can only be done by using an integrative approach.  By combining the Science of the Mind, the Wisdom of the Body and the Heart of the Spirit my clients learn radical self-love and acceptance of themselves, right now, in the present moment.”  – Jennifer M. Cross 

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