Kristen Pettit

(LCPC, Certified, School, Counselor)

About Me

We all, at one point or another, face challenges in our lives. Sometimes these challenges, whether ongoing or situational, can be overwhelming. And sometimes a little help and guidance can make all the difference. Allow me to be that life preserver and compass that keeps you afloat and navigates you to where you want to be in life. I am graduate of Lebanon Valley College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and McDaniel College, earning a Master of Science in Counseling. I began my career as a school counselor and transitioned into clinic/outpatient based therapy, as well as case management. I have over 6 years of experience providing counseling to children, adolescents, and adults. I provide individual, group, and family counseling, as well as crisis management and responsive services.

I have experience helping clients with depression, anxiety, bereavement/loss, separation/divorce, conflict resolution, guilt/shame, anger management, sexuality, career direction, meaning/purpose in life, work place problems, self-esteem issues, trauma, and pet loss. I also have experience working with military families, helping guide them through issues including TDY, deployment, and separation anxiety, among other things.

I believe in a collaborative partnership, anchored in mutual trust and respect through a non-judgmental approach. I am deeply empathic and believe in validation. You are not alone on this unique and personal journey. I offer the type of help that focuses on exploring feelings, gaining insight, and evoking positive change and self-understanding to resolve conflicts. I believe in the unwavering possibility for a better life, regardless of the circumstance. I believe everyone has the power to change and heal. I don’t pretend to know what is best for you, but together we can work toward your own self-discovery. I strive to unlock a change process deep within and believe in a holistic and unique approach. How that is done is different for every person, so I tailor my approach to fit each individual. I use and combine many techniques, including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, neurolinguistic programming, solution focused therapy, narrative therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, art therapy, and mindfulness.

It is important to balance having structured goals/direction with a flexibility of the time that it may take to achieve those goals. It is important to know that you will not be judged or criticized for the things you discuss. And please know you can explore or asking anything about me, as we are on this part of your journey together. I believe in being very real and providing support, empathy, humor, skills building, and truthful insights. When it comes to treatment, you are in charge. Through this journey, we will strive to achieve the change required to view things differently and to live a more joyful and peaceful life with more meaning and purpose. I hope to provide a comfortable, safe therapeutic experience that allows you to utilize and discover the hidden strengths inside of you.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Depression

I also have experience in Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder

Years of Experience: 6

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

Licensing

LCPC #LC8185 (Expires: 2019-01-31)


Reviews

Written by H.A. on Sep 03, 2018 after counseling with Kristen for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

If I ever need anything at any time, I know I can message Kristen. She has helped me through some very anxious and depressed times, and she was willing to guide me through a variety of therapy techniques to help me get better. The anxiety is no longer as debilitating as it was, and I have learned to incorporate her exercises into my routines. Anyone who ends up with Kristen as their counselor is in for a great recovery.

Written by R.I. on Jun 15, 2018 after counseling with Kristen for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, parenting, and self esteem

I appreciate that Kristen gives me information and resources to explore and that she tends to "nudge" me if she has not heard from me in a few days.

Written by P.A. on Jun 13, 2018 after counseling with Kristen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, parenting, self esteem, and bipolar

Kristen is wonderful, listens and has great input. I'm extremely grateful we were matched =)

Written by J.A. on Jun 02, 2018 after counseling with Kristen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, self esteem, anger, and career

Kristen is lovely. She’s supportive, kind and always validates what I’m going through while providing me with immediate implementable strategies to cope with what I’m dealing with! I’d recommend her to anyone.

Written by D.A. on May 21, 2018 after counseling with Kristen for 4 months

This person really knows what she's talking about and truly cares about your needs!!! She looks at what's important and put it in a way you can understand. She encourage you and BOOST your self-esteem!!!

Written by K.I. on Feb 13, 2018 after counseling with Kristen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, and bipolar

Kristin is very compassionate and encouraging. She suggests ideas but is open to mine. I love that every time I get a message she has clearly thought about what I've said and has solid input and guidance. ❤️

Written by W.I. on Jan 30, 2018 after counseling with Kristen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, intimacy-related, sleeping, parenting, self esteem, and career

Excellent!