Kristen

My Favorite Quote

"It's the struggles we endure and the obstacles we overcome that build our character.” — Unknown

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Thought Disorders
  • Behavior Issues
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Life Coaching
  • LGBTQ+
  • Women's Issues
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Stress
  • Spirituality
  • Self Esteem
  • Relationships
  • Personality Disorders
  • Parenting
  • Narcissistic Personality
  • OCD
  • Mood Disorders
  • Men's Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Grief
  • Family Conflict
  • Chronic Pain
  • Career Counseling
  • Borderline Personality
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anger Management
  • ADHD

Get to Know Kristen

Therapist | LCSW

Respecting the right to self-determination and enhancing personal autonomy is key to my therapeutic approach, by creating a safe and non-judgmental space for authentic self-exploration. Do you have counterproductive behaviors that create more issues than they solve? Or mental thought patterns that disrupt and hinder you from reaching your goals? Only by taking the time to explore your inner-workings, can we begin to identify and eradicate what doesn’t work, moving towards what does, for a healthy authentic version of you to emerge.

As a clinical social worker, I take a humanistic perspective, providing strengths-based and evidenced-based interventions for my clients to utilize to reach their goals. Progressive leadership is demonstrated by cultivating feelings of unity, creating a visionary hope and passion that inspires individuals to act by instilling personal power, commitment, and collaboration practices.

My Professional Background

My undergraduate career began as a Special Education Teacher in 2005, specializing in mild/ moderate and severe disorders. It was during this time, I realized that education was only at the surface of my students’ challenges and I desired to help them on a more personal level.

In 2012, I was accepted into Rutgers University MSW program. During this time, I worked with Volunteers of America as a therapist and treatment team supervisor. My therapeutic specialty was criminology and reducing recidivism by providing various interventions for anger management issues, domestic violence, anti-social thinking, sexual addictions, impulse control, etc.

Since moving to California, I have worked primarily in an intensive outpatient setting providing individual and group therapy to adults with co-occurring addictions, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, bi-polar, impulsivity, trauma, codependency, and LGBTQ+. Please note, I have completed my ACSW hours and passed the clinical exam, currently awaiting official CA BBS licensure.

Education, Training, and Certifications

  • Master of Social Work, MSW, Rutgers University
  • Teacher of the Handicapped, BA, Rowan University
  • Behavior Modification
  • First Aid / CPR
  • Narcan
  • Safety Planning
  • EFT
  • MI
  • REBT
  • ACT
  • Psychodrama
  • Breathwork

Fun Facts

I may have been considered “a troubled teen” when I was growing up, so I’m not unfamiliar with what it’s like to overcome personal traumas or emotional issues. I was a competitive kickboxer for a few years in my youth, before I had my daughter at 18. While going to school for my professional degree, I also became a certified personal trainer in addition to exploring various spiritual practices. I believe strongly in the mind, body, spirit connection and personal power and inspiration that can be cultivated when all three are in alignment.

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