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Kristin Malaer, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Grief Coping with life changes Compassion fatigue
Video Phone Live Chat Messaging

About me

Hello and welcome! My name is Kristin Malaer, LCSW-S, CCTSW-MCS, CCTP. I am licensed in Texas with over 10 years of medical social work and 8 years of clinical social work experience. I have worked specifically with chronically ill clients as well as transplant recipients and in palliative care. I work full time in a hospital and offer psychotherapy part-time outside of my hospital working hours.

**You may notice my availability is for Chat Only. I do have designated days for video and phone but the majority of my availability at this time for new clients is for "Live Chat" sessions. If I seem like a good fit for your needs do not hesitate to reach out to see if we can work with your preferences.
I look forward to working with you towards your goals!

I am a highly skilled and compassionate clinical therapist specializing in several crucial areas: stress and anxiety, grief and loss, compassion fatigue, chronic illness, life changes, and coping strategies. My therapeutic style can be best described as empowering, as I strongly believe in the inherent power and capacity for change that lies within each individual. My approach therapy lies with a firm belief that you have the ability to take control of your life and overcome challenges with the strengths within.

In our sessions and virtual messages, I create a safe and non-judgmental space where you can freely express thoughts, emotions, and concerns. I will actively listen to your experiences, providing genuine empathy and understanding. By offering unconditional support, we will establish a strong therapeutic alliance built on trust and accountability. As I challenge you, I also welcome feedback to cater my approach to your needs.

I believe in the importance of personal accountability and will guide you to recognize and take responsibility for your own growth and well-being. I work to help you understand the internal resources necessary to navigate through difficult times. Rather than fostering dependence, I will encourage you to tap into your own strengths, resilience, and coping mechanisms. Through this process, I empower you to make positive changes and regain a sense of control over your life.

Drawing from my expertise in stress and anxiety management, I will employ evidence-based therapeutic techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness practices. Overall, I help clients identify and challenge negative thought patterns and develop effective coping strategies to manage stressors. Additionally, I integrate grief and loss counseling techniques to assist individuals in processing their emotions and finding meaning after experiencing significant losses.

As a specialist in compassion fatigue, I am particularly attuned to the unique needs of professionals in demanding fields, including healthcare or caregiving. I provide targeted support to individuals experiencing burnout, helping them develop self-care practices and boundary-setting strategies to prevent emotional exhaustion and compassion fatigue.

Moreover, my expertise in chronic illness and life changes enables me to guide clients through the emotional and psychological complexities associated with these challenges. I assist clients in adapting to their new circumstances, normalizing grief, finding meaning, and exploring opportunities for personal growth.

Overall, my therapeutic style focuses on fostering client empowerment while acknowledging their inherent capacity for change. By combining empathy, accountability, evidence-based techniques, and specialized knowledge, you help clients develop the skills and resilience needed to overcome obstacles and lead fulfilling lives.

Professional experience

5yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Grief Coping with life changes Compassion fatigue

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Depression, Abandonment, Attachment issues, Blended Family Issues, Body image, Cancer, Caregiver issues and stress, Chronic pain illness and disability, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication problems, Control issues, Dissociation, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Isolation / loneliness, Life purpose, Midlife crisis, Panic disorder and panic attacks, Post-traumatic stress, Self-love, Somatization, Women's issues, Workplace issues

Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems

Services offered

Live Chat

License information

TX LCSW 54406


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Kristin Malaer. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

She's understanding and very insightful and caring and kind 10 out of 10

Written on Feb 29, 2024 after therapy with Kristin for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Absolutely love having Kristin as my therapist. She pushes when I need it and always gives me a non-judgmental ear when I need it. I would recommend her to pretty much anyone.

Written on Feb 20, 2024 after therapy with Kristin for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

She’s always timely and provides resources to support her clients.

Written on Dec 12, 2023 after therapy with Kristin for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, coping with life changes, and coaching

Kristin has been so incredibly supportive in my grieving process. She is an amazing therapist, with kindness and endless compassion she has helped me navigate a very challenging time in my life. I have and will continue to recommend Kristin Malaer to any friend or family member in need of a great therapist!

Written on Nov 26, 2023 after therapy with Kristin for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, anger management, and coping with life changes

Kristen has been lovely to me. She listens very well and has some great feedback. She has been there for me every step of the way on my healing journey.

Written on Jun 29, 2023 after therapy with Kristin for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

She is incredibly intelligent and inciteful. She not only pays full attention when I am speaking but she also takes into consideration what I want out of therapy. She exceeds expectations on feedback and details about cognitive distortions I am dealing with.

Written on Jun 29, 2023 after therapy with Kristin for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem