With her genuine attitude, Kristen promotes empathy and respect to help individuals navigate a variety of life situations. She utilizes a client-centered and collaborative approach to empower individuals towards understanding and growth. Kristen believes that children and adolescents do better when in relationship with family, school, and peers; and that therapy can help to build and strengthen these connections. Kristen helps children feel heard and families to better understand one another. She is dedicated to helping families grow stronger together. Together we foster positive interactions in a safe and supportive environment with fun activities, play and laughter. Just as growing up can bring challenges, Kristen recognizes that parenting can be challenging. She works with caregivers to be curious about their child’s behaviors and examine their own responses, while also being a source of support, nurturing, and protection. Kristen offers expertise in: Depression & Mood disorders ADHD Anger management Conflict School performance & behavior Oppositional defiant disorder Juvenile Justice Family communication Family stress & transitions Recovery from child sexual abuse & trauma Autism Spectrum Disorders Additionally, Kristen is trained in Child-Parent Psychotherapy and specializes in helping children and families recover from the trauma of child sexual abuse; recognizing that trauma impacts every member of a family differently and their needs vary.