Kristina Guarino

LCSW
Therapist Kristina Guarino Photo

About Me

My name is Kristina Guarino and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have been working in this field for about 15 years. I received my undergraduate degree in psychology in 2005 from Missouri State University and I have a minor in gender studies. I then completed my Master's in Social Work in 2008 from the University of Missouri- Kansas City. I have training in trauma informed care, substance use, depression and anxiety, and grief and loss. My counseling approach is broad and depends on what the person I'm working with is going through but I tend to have a person centered approach overall. I believe that the first three sessions are the most important as this is when the therapist and client begin to build rapport and develop goals. I enjoy helping people be able to talk about what they are going through and get back to a place where they are feeling more like themselves again. I'm glad that you are here and I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #2011010774 (Expires: 2022-09-30)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Kristina Guarino. 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.

Written by T.. on May 12, 2022 after therapy with Kristina for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, and adhd

She was amazing. Not sure if she still does online therapy. But the little time I spoke to her.. she really did have a strong impact on my life. So thank you very much!

Written by D.A. on Feb 02, 2022 after therapy with Kristina for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

I'm not too sure if Kristina is still offering online therapy, but the sessions I had with her and our general communication were amazing. She was extremely helpful and understanding of many different difficult issues, and always receptive to concerns.

Written by R.O. on Jul 30, 2021 after therapy with Kristina for 1 year and 6 months

Kristina is a excellent counsellor who truly goes the extra mile for her patients. Kristina is very supportive and helps me with any issues I am currently dealing with. Kristina is very caring and always has a listening ear.

Written by M.A. on Jul 26, 2021 after therapy with Kristina for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

Kristina has helped me through a turbulent time, she has guided me through my emotions and thought processes. She has always replied to me and helped me comprehend my feelings. Speaking with Kristina has helped me control my emotions when needed and listen to them as well, I am so grateful for her help

Written by E.M. on Jul 17, 2021 after therapy with Kristina for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I’ve only been with Kristina for a few weeks, but after a less-than-helpful experience with a local therapist, this has been a godsend. She’s insanely supportive, but proactive about her individualized approach, and it makes you motivated to want to put in the work.

Written by E.S. on Jun 15, 2021 after therapy with Kristina for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Kristina is an awesome counselor. She helped me when I was spiralling down quickly. She’s very professional and very down to earth. She is so easy to talk to and someone I’ve grown to trust and look forward to talk to. I would recommend her to anyone. I cannot thank her enough for all her help and support

Written by C.I. on Jun 10, 2021 after therapy with Kristina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and adhd

Kristina loves her job, and it shows. She shows lots of care, makes me feel great in every session, is also there for me outside of our sessions, provides many useful worksheets and is just generally a very nice person to talk to.

Written by A.L. on May 09, 2021 after therapy with Kristina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, eating disorders, and adhd

I love having her as my therapist she listens to me and understands

Written by D.A. on May 03, 2021 after therapy with Kristina for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

It’s pretty early on, but I started counselling with Kristina when I was spiralling and she was able to very quickly help me organize my thoughts and behaviours in a way that I can address them appropriately. She has shown me understanding and compassion and has made it really easy to open up to her. I have been avoiding counselling for years because of a bad experience, and now I look forward to our interactions.

Written by K.A. on Aug 06, 2020 after therapy with Kristina for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, and coping with life changes

In the short amount of time we've worked together she has really helped me in a huge way, I feel like I have my sanity back! I'm very lucky to have found her.

Written by E.R. on Aug 04, 2020 after therapy with Kristina for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

Kristina is extremely attentive to my concerns. She only addresses the issues I feel comfortable sharing and always asks how she can help more. She worked with my schedule to make it easier for me to book appointments when I was available. I would highly recommend her to friends.

Written by D.A. on Jun 29, 2020 after therapy with Kristina for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Excellent listening and very open to exploring my feelings and emotions and putting in healthly strategies in understanding and coping.

Written by S.A. on May 19, 2020 after therapy with Kristina for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and anger management

Kristina has been amazing so far with the ups and extreme downs I have been experiencing lately. Kristina is very professional and keeps checking in regularly especially when she knows I am on a downward trend.

Thanks a lot for your help Kristina!!!

Written by G.E. on Apr 01, 2020 after therapy with Kristina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

I have been doing sessions with Kristina Guarino for some time and I am confident to say that it has helped me a lot. Kristina makes me feel comfortable sharing thoughts I have not shared with anyone and that is something I am truly grateful for. I recommend Kristina to anyone that wants to get things out of their mind and share it with someone.