Kristen believes the healing journey looks different for each of us, and believes is is her job as your therapist to provide a comforting, welcome environment to explore healing. Kristen uses a trauma-informed and person-centered lens to provide care that is unique to each individual or family. As a social worker, she believe that we are deeply impacted by the world around us, and our symptoms can often be a reaction to living in difficult circumstances. It is her hope to provide care that is considerate of all cultural backgrounds, experiences and beliefs, in addition to relying on the strengths of what we already know and have around us.
Kristen received her Bachelors in Social Work from the University of Alaska, Anchorage and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. She works with children and families who have experienced trauma or have been involved in the child welfare system, juvenile justice, chemical dependency, individuals with trauma and mood disorders. Kristen is trained in the Adaptive Internal Relational (AIR) Network Model through the Midwest Center for Trauma. Her clinical focus and areas of interest are trauma, dissociative disorders, and attachment.
A typical session with Kristen may include general talk therapy, play therapy, use of sensory experiences, art or music, and mindfulness. She focuses on increasing the ability to regulate and manage difficult feelings, in addition to learning new skills and ways of living.