Kristen is a licensed mental health counselor who has been providing compassionate and evidence-based care for her clients since 2014. She welcomes the opportunity to work with clients ranging from early childhood to older adults, and inclusive of cultural background, race, religion, and sexuality.
Kristen acknowledges that seeking services for yourself or a loved one is not an easy decision to make. It takes courage, self-awareness, and an open mindedness for change. Kristen strives to create a therapeutic space that is warm, accepting, collaborative, and encouraging of personal growth. She works closely with her clients to explore and understand the past and current contributing factors influencing distress, navigate and problem solve barriers interfering with desired change, and ultimately work towards healing and personal growth.
Kristen is a strong advocate of early intervention for mental health needs. During her time working in community mental health, Kristen became aware of the growing need to address the issue of substance use in youth and young adults. She went on to aid the development of a community mental health center's first youth centered substance use program. Kristen has also received specialized training in the treatment of trauma and family of origin issues. She is trained in trauma focused-cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and Cognitive processing therapy (CPT), two evidence-based treatment programs shown to be effective in helping individuals work through traumatic experiences.