Cristen is a licensed social worker and trauma-informed therapist with over 6 years of experience working with adolescents, individuals, and families in various settings. She believes that the power of the therapeutic space comes from the relationship between and safety amongst the therapist and client. Cristen’s approach is empathetic, relational, validating, and direct. Her goal is to meet her clients wherever their starting point may be, join them in identifying their goals, and empower them to strive toward their vision of peace, happiness, and success.
Cristen pulls from various therapeutic modalities including DBT, harm reduction, family systems, psychodynamic, and motivational interviewing. She supports her clients by exploring personal narratives, using mindfulness to build capacity for emotional regulation, and practicing radical acceptance.
Cristen’s clinical interests include depression and anxiety, vicarious trauma and burnout, personality disorders, gender and sexuality, stress management, issues unique to queer and trans individuals, trauma work, and helping families mend rifts in their relationships. Additionally, Cristen has a passion for facilitating therapy groups that allow members to utilize their intersectional identities to increase interpersonal effectiveness and foster resilience amongst participants.