I am licensed clinical psychologist with over 10 years of experience and am currently licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, anger management, OCD, ADHD. relationship issues, parenting struggles, and trauma. I was excited to join the BetterHelp team because I believe therapy should be accessible and available to more people, without limitations and labels dictated by insurance companies.
I would describe my therapy style as genuine and eclectic. I believe in treating everyone with respect and compassion, and while I cannot be anyone other than me, I will tailor my approach to meet the needs of the individual. I also believe that as a therapist it is my job to challenge my clients and not simply tell them what they want to hear. I believe that if we are not being challenged, we're not growing! My approach combines cognitive-behavioral (CBT), humanistic, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), solution-focused, as well as mindfulness and relaxation techniques.
Life is hard and I believe it is essential to have a sense of humor and find joy in the little things. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with animals on my hobby farm, gardening, listening to music, skydiving, hiking, camping, fishing, being a mom, traveling, and learning new things.
It takes courage to seek help and I look forward to helping you on your journey towards becoming the best version of yourself you can be!
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
WI Psychologist 4031-57
MN Psychologist LP5823
Dr. Schaefer is amazing and definitely has helped me in many ways
Written on Mar 29, 2023 after therapy with Kristie for 5 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, self esteem, and anger management
After only 2 sessions I can tell that Dr. Schaefer is a great match for me. She will give me worksheets that have really helped me expand my thinking. I am super happy to call Dr. Schaefer my therapist.
Written on Jan 17, 2023 after therapy with Kristie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd
She’s been very helpful
Written on Dec 02, 2022 after therapy with Kristie for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd
I just started seeing Dr. Schaefer. Dr. Schaefer is kind and easy to talk to. I appreciate that she asks a lot of questions to really understand your situation. She reaches out when times become available in her schedule and this is so wonderful as there have been times that I really needed to talk when she has reached out.
Written on Nov 09, 2022 after therapy with Kristie for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes
Kristie has always taken the time to listen, respond, and give advice in a personable manner. She has provided me with confidence, security, and has helped me enjoy my life again. Before starting therapy with Kristie I had lost myself and working with her has been a life changing experience. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be in therapy with her and would recommend her to anyone who is considering therapy.
Written on Aug 24, 2022 after therapy with Kristie for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Dr. Schaefer listens for my true needs and offers an empathic, nonjudgmental presence that allows me to gain different perspectives regarding the challenges in my life. I Strongly recommend seeking support through BetterHelp, Dr. Schaefer and her colleagues!
Written on Jul 15, 2022 after therapy with Kristie for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, compassion fatigue, and adhd