Kristen Watkins

(LMFT)

About Me

Hello, my name is Kristen Watkins and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. I earned my BA in Psychology from Chapman University and my MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from George Fox University. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I view issues clients bring to session through the lens of relationships. For example, if we are working together to address feelings of anxiety, we would explore how those feelings were impacting your relationships at work, at home, and in the community. My therapeutic style is warm and direct. I establish a therapeutic relationship with my clients and find the approach and interventions that work best for each individual. I understand my job as a therapist best through the lenses of strategic therapy, person-centered work, and attachment styles. I have additional training in working with individuals who have experienced trauma.

Each client I work with comes with different areas they would like to work on. Some of the common themes my clients seek help with are anxiety, depression, life transitions, self-esteem, personal development, self-care, stress management, parenting issues, trauma, relationships, and communication issues.

As a therapist, I will not be able to give you advice or make decisions for you. What I can offer is even better. As a therapist, I will be a place for you to feel valued for who you are, exactly as you are. I will ask questions and help you process the answers. I will reflect back to you your values and feelings so that you can make the best choices for your life. I will carry the hope that things can change even when you are not able to see a path through. I will honor your experiences. I will provide a safe and secure environment for you to grow.

I look forward to our work together.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Career difficulties
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD
Years of Experience: 9

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMFT #100093 (Expires: 2022-11-30)


Reviews

Written by N.I. on Feb 17, 2021 after counseling with Kristen for 9 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

She is great!

Written by R.A. on Feb 14, 2021 after counseling with Kristen for 1 year and 7 months on issues concerning family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Kristen is a great counselor who listens and provides the support I need throughout various stages of my growth and development in therapy.

Written by D.Y. on Sep 12, 2020 after counseling with Kristen for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, and adhd

Amazing. Understanding. Encouraging.

Written by J.E. on Aug 10, 2020 after counseling with Kristen for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I really appreciate my counselor Kristen. I’m not great at always checking in, especially since I’m not a fan of sharing so I appreciate that she checks in on me from time to time and it doesn’t feel too much so I like that. She hears my worries and concerns and provides me with practices that can help me. I would recommend her for anyone in need of great therapist. She’s respectful and listens without judgement.

Written by K.A. on Jul 28, 2020 after counseling with Kristen for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and coping with life changes

Kristen is an excellent therapist. She guides you deep into your mind and through your emotions to help you uncover what's lurking below the surface. Holding space for the client is just one of her specialities. I am thankful and grateful to have Kristen guiding me through this challenging time.

Written by B.R. on Jul 17, 2020 after counseling with Kristen for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Great counselor. Takes the time to understand and give tangible skills to utilize.

Written by W.A. on May 20, 2020 after counseling with Kristen for 2 weeks on issues concerning career difficulties, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Kristen is compassionate, understanding and smart. She is wonderful. I was be able to connect with her and express my stress and difficulty of my situation With her easily. Always have great sessions. She is very responsive. I strongly recommend her.

Written by C.R. on Nov 16, 2019 after counseling with Kristen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Very kind and thoughtful - re motors what I'm saying to make sure she's got out and even articulates how I'm feeling better than I do!

Written by A.L. on Oct 10, 2019 after counseling with Kristen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

Kristen is super nice - especially great at helping me navigate through school stress and schedule management.

Written by C.H. on Sep 30, 2019 after counseling with Kristen for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and compassion fatigue

Kristen is a great counselor. She has the right balance between natural conversation and guided counseling. Would recommend her for anyone that has a tight schedule and can see a therapist's questions coming a million miles away.

Written by J.A. on Sep 26, 2019 after counseling with Kristen for 2 months on issues concerning depression, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Kristen helps me to see my life and myself from a different perspective. I tell her about my experiences and she is able to hone into another side of the story that I couldn't get working things out on my own. And I had tried, for a very long time. As someone particularly skeptical of counseling in general, it has been refreshing to speak and work with someone who genuinely recognizes that I am seeking help but reluctant to take it. Her patience and consistent inquiry have been the greatest asset for me and I appreciate my time with her.

Written by M.E. on Sep 04, 2019 after counseling with Kristen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and grief

Kristen is a great listener. She has been able to help me navigate and understand my emotions during a very difficult time of my life.

Written by P.A. on Aug 24, 2019 after counseling with Kristen for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I am so glad Kristen has been my counselor. Her warm, non-judgmental demeanor made me feel comfortable from our very first session. She really helped me heal during a difficult chapter in my life. Overall I feel much more confident and equipped to handle my life after working with Kristen.