Kristen Hicks

(LISW)

About Me

Everyone’s heart has been broken in one way or another; no one gets through this life entirely intact. We put the pieces back together over and over again, and the repaired cracks make us unique, beautiful, and stronger at the broken places. They make us Real. And sometimes, it's important to have a little help holding things together until the glue is dry. That's where I come in.

I'll hold space when you need a safe, quiet container, and I'll be compassionate and honest when you want a reflection. You are the expert when it comes to you, and I'll offer my expertise to help co-create a path to your goals. I'm not here to tell you what's "wrong" with you but instead, to explore what has happened to you and how you survived. I have two certificates in trauma responsive care and coaching, and a deep knowledge of how trauma impacts the brain and body. I've also completed a certificate in Ecopsychology, so if you find healing in nature we'll get along great!

My background includes many years in direct care and case management for people with developmental disabilities, intensive family counseling, medical social work, and hospice/community bereavement counseling. My passions include experiential approaches such as Adventure Therapy and Ecotherapy. Believe it or not, the pandemic has shown that these approaches can be adapted to an online format! Positive psychology is embedded in my approach, shifting focus from problem to solution when you feel ready.

I look forward to meeting you and to honoring the stories you share. :)


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Parenting issues
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Depression , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Attachment Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 13

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LISW #I.2102872 (Expires: 2023-05-28)


Reviews

Written by M.I. on Jul 21, 2021 after counseling with Kristen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, and self esteem

Kristen Hicks is a wonderful counselor to work with so far. She definitely shows her experience as a counselor and knowledge of trauma during our sessions. She's very pleasant to work with, and makes me feel very safe. I'd recommend her to anyone!