Hello there! My name is Kristen Patryna and I have been doing outpatient therapy for 3 years but have been in the field for 13. I have experience working with teens and adults both in an individual and a group setting. I enjoy building a strong therapeutic relationship with my folks and emphasize the equality in the relationship. I find it most beneficial for clients to have a good blend of validation, problem solving and developing skills that can be used outside of session; I want my folks to feel heard and also want to help them produce change. I have experience in using a Person Centered approach, CBT and DBT which includes teaching emotion regulation, mindfulness, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness, all which can be helpful for a variety of concerns and used across many different settings. I particularly enjoy treating anxiety and related symptoms. I am very excited to get started and most importantly, I commend you for reaching out for support! I am looking forward to working together and learning more about you!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Coping with life changes, Communication Problems, Family Problems, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Self-Harm, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
PA LPC PC009733
I just started with Kristen and she has made therapy more comfortable. She is knowledgeable, encouraging, insightful and has wonderful energy. I highly recommend her!
Written on Dec 30, 2020 after therapy with Kristen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue