Kristel Avilus

(LCSW)
Therapist Kristel Avilus Photo

About Me

I am a Licensed clinical Social worker with 6 years of experience working with clients to help navigate through unresolved trauma. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma, sexual abuse, or emotional abuse.

My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, client-focused rational-emotive counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.

It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you.

I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #SW17998 (Expires: 2023-03-31)


Reviews

Written by D.A. on Nov 24, 2021 after therapy with Kristel for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Seeing Kristel has been one of the best decisions I have made this year! I have gone through many difficult changes and transitions recently and speaking with Kristel regularly has helped me tremendously to see the big picture and be able to process the day-to-day. I have never been happier or more excited about life and whenever things become difficult it gives me great comfort to know that I have the tools to get through it and can further process it with Kristel's help later. She is also a master at metaphors! Everything has been at my pace and she has been so flexible with my schedule. Things have been so great that I sometimes think about how much better my life would have been if I had been seeing her for years! Everytime we speak I look forward to telling her more and more about my life present, past and future.

Written by T.R. on Nov 24, 2021 after therapy with Kristel for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Working with Kristel has been incredible. In addition to being a patient, compassionate, and non-judgmental listener, she's SO good at helping me get to the core of any issues I might be dealing with. Where other therapists I've worked with have been quick to prescribe exercises that simply interrupt anxious or negative thoughts, Kristel isn't afraid to go deep to understand the pathology of those thoughts and how the brain can be rewired. Working with her has helped me feel more confident and comfortable with myself, and I feel like I know myself so much better because of the ways she has helped me reframe what's going on in my life.

Written by T.H. on Nov 05, 2021 after therapy with Kristel for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Kristel is very understanding and gives great feedback! She really knows how to walk you through your own thought process while making the experience of reflection and healing a breeze. Amazing energy from a therapist makes it easier to decompress and say your truth comfortably. Thank you for all your help!

Written by I.O. on Oct 10, 2021 after therapy with Kristel for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Although we’ve only had two sessions, I really enjoy the vibe I have with Kristel. I feel comfortable and she understands what I’m saying and what I need to do to change. The therapy sessions are going very well and I am happy I chose Kristel!

Written by S.E. on Sep 22, 2021 after therapy with Kristel for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

If you get paired with Kristel, honestly consider yourself blessed. Such a lighthearted, warm smile. Been through a few therapists but after the first session with Kristel, my intuition was immediately signaling me to stay with this one. I actually gave up on therapy for a while because of the few therapists I’ve settled for in the past and I was going to give up again if my initially assigned therapist wasn’t it, but Kristel, they are definitely it.

Extremely personable and always has a great balance between listening, understanding and giving their own input but also challenging you to look beyond your current perspective so that you may see things that have locked in a funk. Again, a bright, genuine smile and a contagious laugh, which may seem irrelevant for a therapist but I believe that it is so crucial to view your therapist as another human being (to some degree obviously) so that it’s easier to be honest with them and more importantly, yourself. Also, it makes it so much worthwhile to actually enjoy working to be a “better you” with your therapist there to support you in whatever forms you may need.

I’ve also begun to finally understand a few things I have heard from other therapists and throughout my life throughout my sessions with Kristel. And I’ve began to gradually move toward those goals, with intention, and it’s helped me during some of my heavier days.

I am certainly not disappointed in my choice to log onto BetterHelp, completely because of Kristel. It makes things so much lighter to speak with someone genuine that also has the knowledge and experience, especially in such heavy times.

Take care if you’re reading this. Genuinely.

S.S.

Written by C.A. on Aug 31, 2021 after therapy with Kristel for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, coping with life changes, adhd, and sleeping disorders

Kristel is AMAZING! I have an extremely difficult time expressing my point of view almost at all times but Kristel definitely gets me. I am certainly lucky to have gotten her as my counselor!

Written by S.A. on Aug 28, 2021 after therapy with Kristel for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and sleeping disorders

our session helps me to clarify my thinking process. It's very helpful.

Written by J.A. on Aug 25, 2021 after therapy with Kristel for 1 week on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Kristel is a great therapist. She was flexible with our appointment time, and willing to meet when I needed it. I felt heard, understood, and validated by her. I look forward to continuing to work with Kristel.

Written by L.A. on Aug 25, 2021 after therapy with Kristel for 5 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

I believe Kristel is intelligent, emphatic, and well versed in her areas of therapy. I also believe that I need a deep diving into my past and consciousness to heal. This will not come from one session with any provider. My hopes are to work with Kristel in the near future. She has a lot to offer and is an amazing, nonjudgmental, understanding woman. Thank you so much Kristel, please do let me know if you accept insurance plans! Until we meet again.!

LC

Written by A.L. on Aug 24, 2021 after therapy with Kristel for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Kristal has been extremely helpful and understanding. Very patient and open minded. Has a calm, soothing demeanor that allows for our sessions to run smoothly and effectively. Cannot recommend her enough and very grateful for what she does.

Written by R.E. on Aug 15, 2021 after therapy with Kristel for 2 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

She is a great woman. I’ve only had one session so far but she made it really easy for me to talk to her and let me lead the conversation so she could understand and get to know me better so she can help me out more.if anyone reads this and is new to this therapist process I recommend you talk to Kristel I promise you won’t regret it I am excited for her to help me more and get me through this journey