Kristi Rakes, LCSW - North Carolina Therapist at Grow Therapy

Kristi Rakes

Kristi Rakes


15 years of experience

Hi! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I graduated with my Master's in Social Work degree from UNC Chapel Hill in 2007. I am passionate about meeting you where you are, helping you navigate and explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors without judgement. If you are feeling ready to learn more about yourself and to find ways to develop more effective coping skills, reach out today!

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

In our first session we will begin to learn about one another. We will explore your reasons for seeking therapy. We will begin to discuss methods for managing any negative symptoms you are experiencing.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

I approach my practice with compassion, empathy and nonjudgmental understanding. With my holistic mindset, I seek to help people navigate stress, mental health issues and "life" in general. I utilize strength based practice modalities, CBT, TFCBT, Motivational Interviewing techniques, Mindfulness and Self Esteem building to help people achieve their goals for wellness.

About Kristi Rakes

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My treatment methods

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

Conducting Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is pretty straightforward: I will help you explore the connection with how thoughts lead to feelings. Help you examine the your beliefs. Then we will navigate identifying distorted thoughts, and how that leading to negative feelings. We will then practice changing your thoughts thought creating a counter thought.


We will seek to understand how repressed emotions from the past affect current decision-making, behavior, and relationships. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are finding self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on present behavior.

Mindfulness-Based Therapy

Mindfulness-based interventions focus on using a stress reduction lens during treatment. Mindfulness practices help people better control and regulate their thoughts and emotions instead of being controlled by them.