Counseling is a side by side journey of exploration and imagination. As a counselor licensed in both the state of Washington and Oregon, I am trained, experienced, and ready to accompany you on your journey. Many people seek counseling at a time when life is troubled. It can help to have support as you figure out your path, unearth your deepest dreams, and create the life you want to live.
I graduated with a BA in Psychology from Gonzaga University, and following that, explored teaching, group leadership, crisis stabilization, and domestic violence advocacy. Earning my Masters in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University was a life dream, and for the past eight years, I have worked as a mental health counselor. I have experience working with people who struggle with mood concerns, anxiety and stress, dealing with a traumatic event in their past, and life transitions. Working with health behaviors is my specialty, and I have extensive training and experience in helping people engage in changing their behaviors around sleep, persistent pain, substance concerns, exercise, and relaxation. My style is warm and will help you to see the strengths you bring into the counseling relationship, and will help you to build on them to thrive in your health, relationships, and career. I draw from Psychodynamic, Attachment, Rogerian, and behavioral theories to work holistically and to develop a truly individualized approach.
If you would like to make changes in your life but feel unsure where to start, I am happy to explore where you are now, the direction you want to go, and to help you to move in that direction.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Self esteem
I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder
LMHC #LH60323715 (Expires: 2019-11-30)
LPC #C3614 (Expires: 2019-11-30)
It's been over a year since I started using BetterHelp, and throughout it all, Kris has been incredible. She's been great about suggesting books for me to read, meditations, conversations to have with my partner, and more. I feel like I understand my emotions and inner thoughts so much better than before, and thus am less subject to the whims of anxiety, bad moods, and resentment.
Kris has been able to keep me talking about my emotional/social struggles until things have started to become clear. It takes a lot of patience to gain my trust, and she has managed it. I feel like our sessions are entering a new and more productive phase.
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I feel blessed to have been paired with Kris. She is absolutely amazing and in the short span of two months, she has helped me tremendously with my anxiety and depression. She provides this safe space where I get to vocalize everything I normally internalize and she provides insight and understanding like no one I have ever had the opportunity of opening up to. I am thankful for our conversations and I look forward to learning more about myself with her help.
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Kris is responsive and brings different opinions into the conversation.
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Kris has been amazing at helping me recognize that my anxiety doesn't have to stop me from living my life. She listens thoroughly and has a great way of shedding light on not so obvious issues to give it clearer perspective.
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