Krystal Kershaw

LSCSW
Therapist Krystal  Kershaw Photo

About Me

Hi! Welcome!
My name is Krys. I identify as a CIS, bisexual female and use She/Her pronouns

If someone had told me years ago that today I would be sitting in front of my computer writing a profile to tell clients who were coming to me for mental health services about myself, I would have had a hard time believing it. The fact is, I never set out to be a social worker or a therapist. My plan was to be a preschool teacher. I loved working with the kids in my class. I loved to watch them grow and learn and to discover new things… also, and maybe this goes without saying, but naptime is kind of the best. My background is in early childhood education; however, I want to assure my clients that I do have experience working with adults and that I am excited to be here.

Through a series of extremely fortunate events that started in my preschool classroom, I landed a job at an agency that worked to keep kids out of foster care. We worked with high needs family who faced having their children removed by the court, homelessness, unemployment, and many other serious challenges. I did a little bit of everything from helping to clean homes, to attending court to advocating for a client with a school. After a few years, and some truly life changing experiences, I decided to complete a degree in Social Work. I completed my first degree at K-State and completed Grad school at KU. Not only has this led me to a career I absolutely love, but it also creates somewhat of an identify crisis when I watch KSU and KU play against each other.

Currently, I live in Topeka with my husband and our two cats. Speaking of which, if we get the chance to video chat, you may see one or both of my cats since they love to make appearances when I am working. Don’t worry though, they are very good at keeping information confidential. That is to say, I maintain very strict confidentially since I do work at home.

In my full-time job, I work at a CMHC with kids ages 3 – 18 and their families. Over the years, I have developed specialties in working on ADHD behaviors, Autism, Anxiety, Depression, Communication and LGBTQIA+ issues – especially trans – identifying individuals who are transitioning. My Modalities include CBT, ACT, and Client-Centered approaches. I believe that the most important part of therapy is the professional therapeutic relationship that develops between a therapist and client. I always meet my client where they are and allow them to lead, even if I have to bring them back to task now and then.

I am extremely client-centered and for me that means we will work together to determine where you want to start working, and how quickly we go. My client is in charge.

I am very much looking forward to supporting you on your journey towards better mental health!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Parenting issues
  • Self esteem
  • ADHD
Also experienced in:
Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Eating disorders , Career difficulties , Depression , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Adoption and Foster Care , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LSCSW #05402 (Expires: 2023-03-31)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Krystal Kershaw. 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 A.M. on Mar 08, 2022 after therapy with Krystal for 9 months on issues concerning depression, family conflicts, coping with life changes, and adhd

Because this would have helped me when I was looking for a therapist, I wanted to put firstly that I'm autistic and was looking for someone who knew how to deal with the neurodiverstiy that comes with it - Krys is amazing.
I've had Krystal as a therapist for almost a year now (coming up to 10 months soon, on and off) and she has always been understanding of my circumstances that leaves me either slow to respond, bad at communicating or generally bad at being a social human. I've met nothing but acceptance from this person, so I would recommend her tenfolds to anyone who struggles with opening up to a therapist.

Written by V.E. on Feb 26, 2022 after therapy with Krystal for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and adhd

She is understanding and she listens. I love having her as my Thera

Written by D.U. on Jan 04, 2022 after therapy with Krystal for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Krystal listened to my concerns and provided helpful advice, and made me feel understood.

Written by A.N. on Dec 14, 2021 after therapy with Krystal for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Krystal is absolutely wonderful! Great at responding to messages has given me resources for my issues between sessions.

Written by S.A. on Dec 08, 2021 after therapy with Krystal for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

She's great. Really kind and patient and makes me feel good about myself.

Written by A.I. on Nov 12, 2021 after therapy with Krystal for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Krysta Kershaw is the main reason I'm still alive. She is instrumental to my survival. I love how easy it is to talk to her. She shows complete understanding and gives me the tools to keep going.

Written by C.H. on Nov 10, 2021 after therapy with Krystal for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

Krystal is an amazing therapist and person. She equipt me with very helpful tools as well as resources in order to help me learn, grow and be okay in the now. She's very professional, friendly, extremely caring and I appreciate her so much.

Written by D.E. on Nov 05, 2021 after therapy with Krystal for 2 months on issues concerning lgbt, and adhd

Krystal Kershaw is one of the best therapist that has worked with concerning my transgender experience.

Written by A.L. on Oct 29, 2021 after therapy with Krystal for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

I really enjoy having Krystal as my therapist, I've had her for a therapist for around 3-4 years if I remember correctly and I don't plan on changing cause she's the only therapist I've met who is on the same wave length im on

Written by A.K. on Sep 30, 2021 after therapy with Krystal for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Krystal was better than I ever expected. She not only listened to me but supported me in a way that was friendly and comforting. I am glad to have interacted with her. Her solutions are very helpful and easy. She never made me feel like I was being judged or looked down on. Instead she helped me to become a better me.

Written by C.A. on Sep 04, 2021 after therapy with Krystal for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and lgbt

I've made huge progress in my mental state thanks to her. Somethings can't be fixed, but they can be properly managed in a much healthier way, and Krystal has helped me realize that better.

Written by A.M. on Aug 28, 2021 after therapy with Krystal for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

She’s awesome

Written by R.I. on Aug 16, 2021 after therapy with Krystal for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

I’m so lucky to have Krystal as my counsellor! She’s kind, understanding and has a knack for getting to the root of issues I’ve been facing in my relationships and career. I appreciate her frequent check ins especially at times when I was overwhelmed by the daily grind and I couldn’t be more thankful for her constant support.

Written by N.I. on Jul 30, 2021 after therapy with Krystal for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Krystal is extremely helpful. She is very competent, empathetic and accessible. I immediately felt that I can trust her and confide in her. She creates a comfortable atmosphere in the Sessions.

Written by D.A. on Jun 18, 2021 after therapy with Krystal for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and compassion fatigue

Extremely helpful, listens to issues then gives excellent direction and ideas to help solve those issues. Thanks Krystal!

Written by L.E. on Jun 18, 2021 after therapy with Krystal for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, parenting issues, and coping with life changes

I really appreciate Krystal’s time and for listening to me. She helped me understand that what I was feeling was real and not just my imagination. It helped to talk through it with her and have her support.

Written by N.A. on Jun 18, 2021 after therapy with Krystal for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue

Krystal is amazing! She’s a great listener, so funny, and is so helpful in making sense of what I’m feeling and giving strategies to feel better

Written by D.A. on May 24, 2021 after therapy with Krystal for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

She is great! I wouldn’t want anyone else.

Written by B.R. on May 24, 2021 after therapy with Krystal for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Krystal has been amazing it is a real relief to have someone to talk to at any given moment and checking in on me with no agenda other than my safety and welfare. I would highly recommend Krystal to anyone.

Written by C.R. on Apr 30, 2021 after therapy with Krystal for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Amazing! I have a hard time connecting with people, and rarely share my innermost thoughts. Krystal messaged me frequently prior to actually having a video session together, and that made a world of difference. I highly recommend!

Written by A.U. on Apr 29, 2021 after therapy with Krystal for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, and relationship issues

I have really enjoyed the time spent working with Krystal so far! I feel that she truly listens to what I’m saying and understand my point of view. In the past, I have had a very difficult time find a counselor that I am comfortable talking to, so I’m very glad that I’ve found Krystal through Better Help. I really appreciate the check-ins between sessions. I look forward to continuing working with her!

Written by L.O. on Apr 22, 2021 after therapy with Krystal for 2 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, and parenting issues

Krystal has a very calm demeanor that allows me to pause and think through actions and thoughts without feeling judged. She also has given us tools to help us with communication, and while these tools are not second nature (or even close yet), they are practical and doable. I know with practice, they will help us to avoid misunderstandings and to show mutual respect.

Written by K.A. on Apr 09, 2021 after therapy with Krystal for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Krys' kind and caring nature makes her very approachable and trustworthy . She takes the time to listen and gives insight that I never thought of before.
Krys is very flexible when scheduling sessions. She is also very thoughtful when she checks in during the week to see how I am doing.
I would be happy to recommend her to others who not only could use a listening ear, but someone who is patient, understanding, helps you see things with different perspectives and has an ability to make you feel special!

Written by D.I. on Apr 05, 2021 after therapy with Krystal for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and parenting issues

Krystal has been great! She has been very supportive, helped me through some difficult struggles. It's been nice to know she is there when I need her.