Kristian received her Bachelor's degree at the University of North Florida followed by her Masters at Webster University. She engages others by building a rapport while also assisting her families to achieve set goals. She works with individuals ages 5-100, families, adolescents, drug addicts, and parents who need guidance. Some specialty skills include problem-solving, communication, coping skills, and relaxation exercises for anxiety. Kristian focuses on improving the quality of life of individuals and families by compassionately serving their mental health, addiction, special education, and community support needs.
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
In the first therapy session, clients can anticipate a welcoming and safe environment to discuss their concerns. We will begin by exploring their goals and reasons for seeking therapy. I will explain the therapeutic process, confidentiality, and the importance of the therapeutic relationship. Assessing their personal history and current concerns is a crucial part of the session. Together, we will set treatment goals. Clients will have the chance to share their emotions, and I may introduce some therapeutic techniques or coping skills. We will also discuss session logistics, and if applicable, homework assignments. The first session is a starting point for building trust and addressing the client's unique needs and aspirations.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is an action-oriented form of psychosocial therapy that assumes that maladaptive, or faulty, thinking patterns cause maladaptive behavior and "negative" emotions. The treatment focuses on changing an individual's thoughts (cognitive patterns) in order to change his or her behavior and emotional state.
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
I relish the prospect of working with others, both as part of a team working towards a common goal, and also working face-to-face with individuals and families from all walks of life to provide them with assistance.