My name is Kristy and I'm a licensed professional counselor (LPC) through the state of Wyoming. I've worked with clients in all types of settings, from all different backgrounds, of all different ages. My passion is working with the entire nervous system, using what some people are calling "whole brain therapies", in which I use somatic awareness as an integral part of therapy.
What is somatic awareness and why does it matter? "Somatic" refers to our subjective perception of our own body, including sensations in the body, impulses, urges, and awareness of our body's position in space. By building somatic awareness, we can become aware of our autonomic nervous system, a branch of the nervous system that regulates much of our body's systems and is responsible for keeping us safe, and so can subconsciously drive much of our emotional states and behavior. When we pay attention to our body during therapy, we notice how it responds to certain thoughts, beliefs, and memories. This then helps us develop a greater capacity for distress, allows our nervous system to recognize that these emotions can be felt safely, and investigate our beliefs and memories so our nervous system can update itself rather than unconsciously respond to past experiences. This allows us to heal trauma - which also largely influences our beliefs, perceptions, chronic emotional states, and behaviors. We can also build emotional intelligence that results in a better relationship with ourselves and with others, as well as become more emotionally resilient. All of this happens within the safety of our relationship, helping your nervous system feel connected and grounded in the present moment as we support its naturally capacity for healing.
Mindfulness, the practice of noticing what is happening in the present moment, is a big part of this work, but as more than just a tool I often provide clients. Having practiced it extensively gives me the capacity to be fully present with you, and have also helped me cultivate compassion and authenticity, so you can trust I can be honest, but gentle and patient with you.
Tools and skills are also integral to this process. This is where I can give you a variety of specific mindfulness tools to help cope with and navigate your symptoms. Being able to identify when we’re triggered and practice healthy ways of coping with those triggers allows us to slowly build our internal resources and resiliency.
Insight into our inner workings, capacity to stay present with ourselves, and supportive tools all work together to allow us to make this journey. It doesn’t matter what we’re bringing to the table, whether it be profound grief or mild anxiety, we don’t have to soldier through on our own. In our hyper individualistic society where we may subconsciously believe we need to “pull ourselves up by our bootstraps,” this is a radical notion, and even our nonjudgmental, authentic relationship alone can be deeply healing.
What both my clients and I have learned is that it is absolutely possible to change. I offer guidance and support from a place of integrity, from knowing the types of twists and turns of the journey, and integrating that with my professional experience having successfully helped diverse clients each with unique issues.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Self esteem
- Coping with life changes
Addictions , Relationship issues , Grief , Anger management , Career difficulties , Abandonment , Attachment Issues , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Emptiness , Expats , Family of Origin Issues , Life Purpose , Posttraumatic Stress , Self-Love , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Women's Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LPC #1730 (Expires: 2021-05-01)
LPC #0016124 (Expires: 2021-08-31)
Kristy is a compassionate, kind person who listens without judgement. She was exactly what I needed when I was struggling with the deaths of my family members, and she now helps me see the person I really am through my distorted and twisted self-image. She helps me remember that I am always worthwhile, even - especially - when I feel worthless. In short, Kristy is a great counselor. :)
Kristy is an excellent listener and makes me feel at ease to dive deep into my issues. With her help I have already come a very long way!
Kristy is really wonderful, she helps me explore what I am struggling with and it very often takes me to unexpected places. She helps me learn a lot about myself and feel super comfortable throughout the whole process. I can tell that she really listens, understands, and cares about my experience.
Kristy is supportive and warm and understanding and knowledgeable. She has a unique ability to help me focus on the issue at hand and peel back the layers of what's really going on. She's always willing to listen to my bigger picture concerns but when the time is right, she's amazing at helping me direct my focus in a way that's more productive than just letting off steam.
Kristy is amazing!! She is so kind and understanding. She is helping me with a lot of different issues and always checks in to see which I feel needs working on at that moment, which is really considerate and effective. I feel comfortable opening up to Kristy and she gives me great techniques to try. Highly recommend!!!
Kristy is an amazing counselor. She has helped me through very rough time. She is absolutely amazing.
Kristy is very professional and nice. I find it really easy to talk to her, tell her my concerns and worries. She is great at listening to me and providing me with ways of working on myself, different perspectives which make me think and are super helpful! I feel better after our sessions and I'm seeing improvements little by little as I get to know myself better, thank you so much!
Kristy is an excellent listener, professiona,l and her experience in mindfulness practices has been very helpful and insightful.
Kristy is so professional and knowledgeable and has been super-supportive. She's already helped me so much in beginning to address past trauma and find better ways of managing trigger situations and the inevitable friction in relationships. I highly recommend her!
Kristy is a great listener and makes the person feel at ease at all times. She provides different points of view and allows the person to look at their problem from a different angle. Always feel comfortable and secure when discussing my feelings and thoughts.
Kristy has been great. She challenges me but doesn’t push me to a level of discomfort or pain. I appreciate her for the help that she’s given me thus far.
Kristy is amazing. I feel validated, respected, and cared for.
I loved working with Kristy. I was able to share things in a safe environment and felt I was heard. Kristy never missed a detail and gave me great tools to handle certain issues and situations. I'm so glad to have been matched with her and would warmly recommend her! Her professionalism and friendliness ensured a great counseling experience and helped me a great deal. Thank you, Kristy!
Kristy is great. She got to the core of my issue right away.
I was skeptical of using BetterHelp at first, I didn’t think it would be beneficial at all, however since I’ve been chatting with Kristy, I’ve learned a lot about myself and my surround emotions. Kristy listens attentively and acknowledges my thoughts. She validates my opinions and feelings and this makes me feel important, and makes me feel confident. Kristy specializes in sinfulness something I wanted to explore more, I’m grateful and I couldn’t have been paired with anyone better. I enjoy chatting with her as I find her approach very comforting, almost like confiding in a friend it. After each of our sessions or her message responses I feel like a weight has been lifted off, I can breathe again and resume back to my daily activities happily. She’s also provided me with great tools and I look forward to working with her more.
Kristy is such a wonderful listener and really got to the bottom of my issues pretty much straight away. Having her ‘holding my hand’ during a difficult time of my life has been very important to me. Kristy is teaching me about mindfulness which I had never known before. Working through the key issues one at a time has helped to strip away the dark clouds. I highly recommend Kristy to anyone, particularly mature ages people. The respect, kindness and genuine support she offers is outstanding.
Kristy has been professional and kind. She has listened to me and kept in contact with me regularly. She provides insight and conversation that is beneficial to me during this time in my life. I’m grateful and thankful for her.
Kristy has helped me find many ways to deal with and/or cope and/or heal from a variety of issues. She is caring, kind, compassionate and so easy to talk to. The positive changes I’ve made in my life in just a short time are beyond noticeable. Her reinforcement and encouragement is amazing!
I think Kristy is great! She tackles one issue at a time without judgment and doesn’t let little details get by without addressing them. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone who inquired about a counselor.