Welcome! You're here because you have an interest in changing your life. You've already shown a great amount of courage and initiative in taking your first steps toward embracing your best self; it is an honor and a privilege for me to help you do just that.
I'd like to give you some information about my background. I received my B.A. in psychology from Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA in 2004. After graduating college, I worked in the community as an outreach case worker for adults with chronic and severe mental health diagnoses as well as dual diagnoses. During this time, I assisted in crisis intervention, clinical assessment, as well as individual/group counseling to evaluate treatment goals and objectives. I went on to receive my M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ in 2009. When I obtained approval by the State of New Jersey as a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2015, I began working for a community agency as an intensive in-home clinician for at-risk children, youth and their families. During this time, I've had the privilege of providing individual as well as family counseling services to those families in need of stabilization in the community. I am also a Nationally Certified Counselor through the NBCC.
I consider myself to be a very client-focused clinician; your beliefs, needs and goals are what drive treatment first and foremost. I also like to incorporate tools from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Motivational Interviewing. I feel as though the key to change is mindset; as a result, I like to do a good deal of work with mindfulness as well as cognitive reframing. As someone who has worked with a great many families, I also have a wealth of experience in family dynamics, healthy communications, and appropriate boundary setting within the family unit. I also have the benefit of parenting experience through having a toddler of my own!
Some areas of focus with which I have experience treating include: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, self-injury, relationship issues, parenting problems, family issues, career challenges, and panic disorder. I've worked with both children and adults who have faced abandonment, emotional trauma, physical trauma, or sexual trauma.
I consider myself an easygoing, disarming person to talk to; my job is to make you feel comfortable, as if you are talking to an old friend. I also pride myself in getting people to utilize a different lens through which they can view the world; one with endless possibilities, less pain, and more peace. My sincere hope is that I can help promote healing and lasting change for you, regardless of what you seek.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Eating disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, 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, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Trichotillomania, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
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Kristy Nimz was excellent in helping me set boundaries with my adult son who is struggling with anxiety and depression. I feel she has a lot of experience in this area so we were able to work through issues quickly. She is an excellent listener and has practical, real life actionable solutions and suggestions.
Written on Nov 28, 2023 after therapy with Kristy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd
Kristy is amazing- she has given me so many tools to work through day to day anxieties and the general overwhelming responsibilities that life throws at us. I had the option to start back at therapy with a free program through work, but opted to restart my journey with Kristy and BetterHelp because I felt such a connection and love the platform. Very thankful to have a therapist who understands, guides, and motivates me and a platform that allows me to prioritize my mental health in a way that isn’t disruptive to my busy lifestyle!
Written on Sep 24, 2023 after therapy with Kristy for 2 years and 8 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety
Attentive and understanding I feel heard
Written on Sep 19, 2023 after therapy with Kristy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and coaching
Kristy is a kind and empathetic listener who was able to help me begin to see where I can improve my life.
Written on Aug 01, 2023 after therapy with Kristy for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, compassion fatigue, and adhd
I am SO happy to be working with Kristy! She is absolutely amazing, not only does she listen to me but she really does give some amazing advice. Her perspective allows me to really think outside the box and come up with alternate solutions to try. She cheers me on all the way!
Written on Nov 15, 2022 after therapy with Kristy for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and coaching
She is the best
Written on Nov 04, 2022 after therapy with Kristy for 1 year and 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, and self esteem