"Is it normal to be sad this long? Everybody worries about something, right? Why is it so hard for me to leave this unhappy relationship? How do I stop being so angry all the time? Why can’t I stop my addiction? … What’s wrong with me? "
These are questions that at one point or another I’ve heard my clients ask and I work towards assuring them that: 1) there is nothing wrong with you; and 2) I do not know what you SHOULD do, BUT I will definitely help you figure out what will work best for YOU.
My role as your therapist is to support, teach, and encourage you as you go through your learning process without judgment. I use Brief CBT (12 sessions model), DBT and Motivational interviewing interventions, through LIVE PHONE sessions, to work with individuals struggling with a wide range of concerns including: depression, poor self-esteem, anxiety difficulties, relationship challenges, parenting difficulties, addictions, and trauma. I have experience providing therapeutic services to individuals, couples, and youth. I use the techniques and skills that I learned through my master's program in clinical counseling, with a focus on trauma, and years of experience to facilitate your evolution of self. This is done through setting goals and increasing your emotional intelligence. Through live sessions we are able to have the most effective level of communication and therefore yielding timely positive progress. Text/ messaging communication is used to augment live video/phone sessions. My goal is to help you start feeling better as soon as possible.
Now, research shows that the relationship between the therapist and the client is the most important indicator of a positive outcome. I am direct but compassionate and relaxed yet professional. Using a collaborative approach and evidenced-based interventions/ techniques we will work together to increase your insight on patterns of negative thinking and behaviors that impact your daily life. By providing you with practical strategies and techniques, that you can apply to life’s daily challenges, you will begin to feel more empowered to make the needed long term changes.
These are some tips that will help you be successful in psychotherapy:
• Remember that therapy is not a ‘Magic Pill’ (meeting once a week for a video session and then pushing it out of your mind, leads to very slow progress)
• Be patience with yourself (feeling better will take practice)
• You are your own expert (the more I learn about you, the more I can be of assistance)
• Know that therapist help you learn how to solve your problems, rather than solving them for you
Making the decision to seek therapy is the first step to saying that you deserve a happier, more fulfilling life. I can assure you that if you commit yourself to the treatment experience and are receptive to implementing evidence-based interventions, you will have the outcome from therapy that you desire. I am here to support you in your personal evolution to a better version of yourself.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Immigration Issues, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
IL LCPC 180.011141
My therapist immediately made me feel at ease discussing my issues and was able to help identify and dissect the background to my problems.
Written on Apr 17, 2023 after therapy with Kristine for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues
Kristine is such a great support. I really appreciate all her hard work. She never makes me feel weird or stupid. I am so happy she is my counselor.
Written on Sep 16, 2021 after therapy with Kristine for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, and coping with life changes
Kristine is exactly the person I needed at the time that I needed her. She is sweet, so warm and very understanding. She challenges me when needed but always in a constructive way. Her feedback, ideas, advice and interventions are always useful. I know I will continue to have a tough self-recovery journey ahead but I look forward to going through it with her as my support.
Written on Jun 22, 2021 after therapy with Kristine for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, and adhd
Kristine is a genuinely warm person who I've found it easy to build a rapport with. She's supportive, knowledgeable, and I trust her to help me get to where I'd like to be in a safe and sustainable way. I always leave our sessions feeling like I've learned something about myself.
Written on Nov 06, 2020 after therapy with Kristine for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem
Kristine is awesome! She has been very helpful!! I am so happy she is my counselor; I couldn't have asked for anyone else.
Written on Nov 06, 2020 after therapy with Kristine for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Profesional, atenta, humana y con mucha experiencia.
Written on Jul 22, 2020 after therapy with Kristine for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue