Welcome, and thank you for considering working with me! My name is Kristen and I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Georgia. I have had over 5 years experience working in the mental health field. I have worked in a variety of settings including in-home, hospital, private office and running an outpatient day program for severe mental illness. I have had experience working with a broad range and severity of clinical issues. I have the most experience working with anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), low-self esteem, depression, anger management, family conflict, relationship conflicts, and self-esteem. I also have experience working with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mild autism. I pride myself on creating an environment for my clients that is upbeat, positive and supportive.
I love helping clients boost their self-esteem, and increase their quality of life. My dedication to the field of mental health stems from my lifelong passion for helping others. I have always been the friend that people turned to for a listening ear or advice, so I took my natural gifts of emotional support and I went to school to sharpen my skills, learn proven techniques, and become a counselor. I understand that having mental health concerns can be difficult. There is still so much stigma around having mental health issues, which prevents many people from seeking help, so I work to show people that seeking assistance is healthy and should be the norm. The process for getting help can sometimes be overwhelming, and it can feel frustrating and lonely. However, I also know from experience how much life can change for the better when you find support and take steps towards taking care of yourself!
I feel that building rapport is the most important factor to successful counseling. I offer a safe, non-judgmental space for clients to share their stories, process their journey and gain the peace and achievements they seek. I use a person-centered, holistic, multicultural, and eclectic approach in treatment, meaning I begin where you are and tailor treatment approaches to your needs while being sensitive to how your own personal cultural identities and lifestyle choices impact your experience. I primarily use evidence based techniques including cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused counseling. However, I do incorporate more "classical" approaches to counseling as well. I would describe my style as warm and supportive, but I am ready to help you tackle your struggle head-on. Together we can work on establishing goals and steps for you to help overcome your current problems.
I look forward to speaking with you!
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Depression, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dependent Personality, Divorce and Separation, Expats, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Guilt and Shame, Hoarding, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Multicultural Concerns, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
GA LPC LPC010967
Kristen is an absolutely amazing person to work with. She is patient and has been able to help me identify some lifelong underlying issues that I've since been more successful with developing coping mechanisms for. Can't recommend her highly enough!
Written on Sep 19, 2023 after therapy with Kristen for 3 years and 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem
Best therapist I’ve had!
Written on Jun 24, 2022 after therapy with Kristen for 2 years and 2 months on issues concerning family conflicts
Kristen is a superhero. She is so supportive and creates such a safe place for you to share your thoughts and feelings shamelessly. I love how real she is and that she’ll give it to you straight. I’ve been seeing her for almost a year now and she has helped me with giving me tools to ease my anxiety and become more confident in myself.
Written on Feb 24, 2022 after therapy with Kristen for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Very knowledgeable , empathetic and very understanding
Written on Jul 16, 2021 after therapy with Kristen for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and self esteem
Kristen is fantastic and super helpful, I feel really fortunate to have found her!
Written on Mar 19, 2021 after therapy with Kristen for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Kristen is kind, funny, and straightforward, qualities I always look for in a therapist but don't always find. As a woman of color, it's also been hard to find available therapists of color in my area, so it means a lot to be able to work with her.
Written on Feb 11, 2021 after therapy with Kristen for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes