"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? Am I a bad parent? … 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 will not tell you 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 CBT, DBT and Motivational interviewing interventions, through live video 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 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 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 counseling that you desire. I am here to support you in your personal evolution to a better version of yourself.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Bipolar disorder
I also have experience in LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem
LCPC #180.011141 (Expires: 2019-03-31)
Firm but fair, Kristine finds what works for me. Then we create a plan together. She understands introverts and social anxiety. Listens to my viewpoints as a man and is patient.
Kristine is the best therapist I have had in my entire lifetime of receiving therapy. She listens, understands, and guides me to figure out for myself how to deal with situations while at the same time, and often most importantly, taking care of myself. I'm eternally grateful for everything I have learned.
After many years convincing myself that I could self-regulate or can handle my emotions without help, I realized I shouldn't have to. I'm so happy I found BetterHelp and even more that I was connected to Kristine!! Kristine has an incredible ability to listen and hear things you don't even know you are saying. She is patient, understanding, encouraging, empathetic, but she also pushes me to see and learn things I may be unwilling to. Kristine has given me tools I can use daily and helped me understand this is all a process, and I am on a constant path of growth and learning. I could not be more grateful for Kristine and her support.
I have been working with Kristine for only a couple of months, but I have felt so much better since, and I am very glad I made the decision to get help and to work with her. She is not only attentive and listens to my needs, but offers me much needed hope and optimism, which has helped me deal with my current life situation which is full of transitions and major life changes. I have a complicated case, but Kristine has not been intimidated by my issues and is so motivated to help me, it’s been rubbing off and I’ve started to feel motivated too! Thank you so much! I look forward to continuing out work together.
Kristine was really great to work with, and the strategies that we discussed and worked together on have really made a positive change in my life.
Thank god for kristine
Kristine does a great job of keeping me accountable whilst helping me get to the bottom of my issues. The last month has been pretty trying for me but she has been great.
Kristine is great! She is always very involved and very patient!
Kristine is an absolute blessing, I've told her way too many times how happy I feel to have found her. In the few short months I've been speaking with her, she's helped me so much. I honestly can't fully express how grateful I am to her and excited to continue on as we have been.
Kristine is so supportive and understanding. She has helped me so much in our sessions. Her honesty is refreshing and I feel comfortable in opening up to her about what I am struggling with or going through.