Supervised by Katy David, LPC-S
***Available for In-person Sessions & Tele-therapy!***
I approach counseling with a gentle and curious spirit, holding the belief that we all have the innate ability to heal, grow, and thrive. Past life experiences shape our subjective realities and often create unhelpful thought patterns and emotional cycles. Symptoms of unresolved experiences can present as feelings of hopelessness, shame, confusion, anxiety, or lack of fulfillment. I’m here to help you uncover and release the barriers that are keeping you stuck. In session I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental space for you to be introspective as I support you and guide you towards rediscovering your core self.
My theoretical approach to counseling is grounded in Acceptance & Commitment Theory, which is a therapy that combines mindfulness education with values clarification and intentional actions. People tend to consciously or unconsciously run from their problems in an effort to alleviate discomfort. While this coping mechanism can be temporarily effective towards not feeling, it only increases and prolongs painful, unwanted experiences in the long run. My focus in session is to help you make the shift from avoidance to acceptance in whatever way works best for you. I am very present and attuned to the energy in the room and trust my intuition, allowing each session to be flexible, and allowing you to go wherever you need to, to heal residual pain that is distracting from your ability to thrive. I provide empathy and compassion, while empowering you with the skills to facilitate growth and self-awareness through a variety of evidence-based tools.
I believe self-discovery is a crucial part of therapy. It’s difficult to heal and change when we feel lost and unsure of who we truly are at our core. The enneagram is an effective tool that I offer to bring into sessions. It is derived from ancient spiritual terms, and has proven to be an effective self-discovery tool for many people. Unlike other personality models, the enneagram provides a vast amount of depth and allows individuals to be fluid and not feel as though they are stuck in a box. If you are open to exploring the enneagram, I will gladly incorporate this into our sessions.
Finally, I view therapy through a systemic and holistic lens. I understand our surroundings and communities affect the way we see the world, and I am conscious of how this forms and affects each and every one of us. I have a genuine desire and commitment to helping all individuals. I particularly enjoy working with those experiencing religious/spiritual trauma, de-construction of faith, and relationship challenges.
I understand that the hardest part of starting therapy is taking the first step to find a therapist and reach out, so I am wholeheartedly happy you are here right now – contemplating change, growth, and healing for yourself, and would be honored to start the work with you if my approach resonates.
- Religious and Spiritual Trauma
- Deconstruction of Faith
- Communication Issues
- Attachment Styles
- Relationship Issues
- Couple and Family Dynamics
- Life Transitions
- Individuals & Couples
Kristen’s rate is $80 per 60 minute session (intakes and follow-ups). You may use your HSA/FSA to pay for therapy, and many insurance plans will cover her services. All Bloom therapists offer complementary 10-minute phone consultations to ensure a good therapeutic fit before scheduling.
To schedule a free consultation or appointment with Kristen: