Many times, clients initially come in wanting to address anxiety, depression, or problems in their relationships. They often discover that there are other contributing factors like trauma, insecure attachment dynamics, and underlying shame and guilt. I believe things CAN get better. I am here to learn what it’s like to be you in your world. I hope to join you there, walk alongside you, and support you with the tools and resources I have. I want to help you regain a sense of control over your life, build coping skills, and assist you in making the changes you desire.
My areas of particular focus are OCD and its sub-types (harm, aggression, sexual, religious, contamination, relationship, illness, etc.), religious and spiritual trauma, and attachment concerns. To support you in these areas, I utilize EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) therapy, CBT, and Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT). I work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that is client-specific and tailored to your unique goals. I can share with you many tools and resources to address your specific needs rather than using a “one-size-fits-all” approach.
As clients work with me, they discover they are loved, regain a sense of dignity and self-worth, and feel hopeful about the future. They become less fearful and more confident. They experience joy and peace where they once felt distress. Mental and emotional pain is agonizing, but it doesn't have to be permanent. Change, healing, and freedom are yours to claim.
Kristen graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of South Carolina. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2018 with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, a CACREP-accredited program at Walden University. Kristen worked as a forensic chemist for several years and then worked for over 15 years with people in mental health crisis. After receiving her Master’s degree and obtaining licensure, Kristen worked at the Women’s Home, focusing on trauma, addiction, and individuals with comorbid mental health disorders. She then transitioned to private practice and focuses on treating OCD, trauma, and attachment issues. She is licensed in Texas and California. Kristen is an avid traveler and also enjoys reading and listening to podcasts. She enjoys staying active with yoga, Pilates, and going on long walks with her sweet rescue pitbull.