I specialize in supporting women, LGBTQIA+ folks, young adults, and mothers, ages 18-35 who may be having difficulties with anxiety or simply need a safe space to talk about their experiences and their lives. My goal is to provide a welcoming, warm, and affirming place for you to process through not only your daily stressors, but to unpack some of your childhood experiences that may be manifesting in the present moment. I believe you are the expert on yourself and my role is to listen, validate, and work in collaboration with you to establish short-term and long-term healing goals.
In addition to helping folks manage anxiety and day-to-day stressors, I also have training in treating trauma related to childhood abuse and neglect. If you are a survivor of childhood trauma, I will utilize a treatment system called Internal Family Systems as well as other trauma-informed approaches to assist you in processing through those experiences.
Sometimes folks have not experienced childhood trauma, but they are noticing they experienced attachment injuries in childhood. I provide education around attachment theory and can provide insights towards how we can work together to begin to heal your "inner child". Attachment injuries can often make adult relationships complicated where you may find yourself inadvertently sabotaging connections, not feeling as though you can open up or show your true feelings to others, or believing that others will ultimately abandon you. My role in these situations is to help you understand your attachment style and develop new strategies to move you towards a place of earned secure attachment, which in turn may help you feel more comfortable in trusting and connecting with others.
Last, I am interested in understanding how macro-systems impact the lives of individuals. We do not exist in a vacuum; our lives are deeply impacted by our social contexts. I work with individuals who are interested in deconstructing their social environment in order to feel more empowered and free. I utilize Feminist, Postmodern, and Queer-Allied therapeutic approaches to understand how identity intersects with power and oppression. I also have some experience in working with survivors of religious trauma. I utilize Mindfulness Based approaches to assist these survivors with maintaining a sense of interconnection to the universe and their understanding of a higher power.
I also believe creative expression is a vital part of the healing process. I integrate art, movement, writing, meditation, and music into therapy sessions as well. My role is to tailor our discussions and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and peaceful life takes tremendous courage. I am deeply honored to support you in your healing journey!
I have training the following treatment approaches: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness Based Therapy, Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), and Feminist Therapy.
Unfortunately, due to limited knowledge and training , I am currently NOT able to address the following concerns: substance abuse and dependency, any and all addictions, divorce, custody disputes, self-harming behaviors within the past year, disordered eating, anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, Schizophrenia, Borderline Personality Disorder, severe depression, anger management, domestic violence, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, or if you have experienced suicidal thoughts within the past year. If we begin working together and it seems that you are in need of a therapist with more training or experience, I will ensure you are connected with a better fit!
Here is a little more about my therapeutic experience: I have worked in a variety of clinical settings including a non-profit, day treatment program, and an inpatient psychiatric hospital. I have experience with providing individual and family therapy. During my time at the inpatient psychiatric hospital, I provided hospital wide trainings for nursing and direct-care staff about trauma-informed care. I have worked as a researcher and adjunct professor of psychology as well.
Publication: Karcher, McClatchy, Borsuk (2016). "Pair Counseling to Promote Social Competencies Among School Age Children". Play Therapy in Middle Childhood. A.A. Drews and C.E. Schaefer (Editors). American Psychological Association.
Some Fun Facts about Me: I love being outdoors. I like to go for hikes and camping trips with my husband. I enjoy reading and listening to podcasts. I'm a huge animal lover! I have 3 dogs and 2 cats who frequently join my sessions (if you have pets, they are welcome and encouraged to join our therapy sessions too!) I'm a big coffee drinker and love to visit local coffee shops. To relax, I enjoy tarot, meditation, yoga, and long walks. I like to do floral arrangements, write, and dance for fun. I'd describe myself as whimsical - I love astrology, poetry, and art. At the same time, I love science! I enjoy learning about neuroscience, animal behavior, and astrophysics. I like learning - especially about people!
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Self esteem, Compassion fatigue, Attachment Issues, Family of Origin Issues, Self-Love, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
TX LPC 74032
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She goes above and beyond for you and I truly trust her.
Written on Feb 12, 2023 after therapy with Kristi for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and adhd
Phenomenal person and therapist. She is beyond caring, very compassionate and understanding. She truly listens and helps you come to insightful realizations. She always answers my messages in a timely manner and puts so much thought and expertise into everything. Kristi offers strategies to best fit your needs and ensures to validate everything you feel. 10/10 recommend she is AMAZING!
Written on Nov 29, 2022 after therapy with Kristi for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Kristi has been such a great therapist! I have had other therapist and Kristi is AMAZING andreally interacts with you, checks up on you, gives you things to work on and feedback. She makes me feel really comfortable and I feel like she understands me and what I'm going through. I cannot say enough good things about her and so happy that I found her!
Written on Aug 16, 2022 after therapy with Kristi for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd
Kristi is such a wonderful listener that exudes compassion and empathy. She provides tools and practices to help me better myself mentally. I appreciate her checking in on me, especially when times are difficult.
Written on Aug 05, 2022 after therapy with Kristi for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and coping with life changes
Perfect fit from the start! Very much connected and feel understood and heard at a level I never expected! I'm incredibly grateful for her and her time
Written on Aug 01, 2022 after therapy with Kristi for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem