CRISTEN BROSSOK, LCSW

Together, we can build a space where I join you, wherever you are, in pursuit of your values and goals. A place where we can relate, explore, challenge, and heal in brave and thoughtful ways; where we can tend to the most vulnerable parts of yourself with compassion and kindness; where we can build your capacity for handling difficult emotions. I believe you are the expert on your experience and yourself, and that my role is to accompany you on your journey.

I am a queer woman and a survivor, and this lived experience complements my practice as a trauma therapist. I recognize that you and I both show up with many identities, ideas, and experiences. My hope is always to explore and honor these. I believe in transparency, leaning into discomfort, and having tough conversations.

Therapy can be difficult and confusing, as well as enlightening and healing. I aim for a space where we can be brave in facing challenges and genuine in celebrating triumphs. I believe in honoring the full spectrum of the human experience.

I am constantly striving toward a radically inclusive therapy space. I strive to embody anti-diet, anti-racist, anti-sexist, and other anti-oppressive tenets in the space I hold. I believe trauma-informed therapy recognizes the ways in which systems of oppression impact us, our relationships, and our experience of the world.

I have specific interests in trauma, anxiety and depression, burnout, the LGBTQ+ experience, and family discord. I also enjoy supporting couples and families in mending harm and building capacity for healthy communication.

I received my Bachelors in Psychology from Ramapo College of New Jersey and my Masters in Social Work from University of Chicago. Prior to entering the social work field in 2015, I was a Learning Behavior Specialist in Chicago Public Schools. While trained in a variety of therapy modalities, my approach most often utilizes the perspectives of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Self-Compassion, and Harm Reduction.

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201-452-9746 / cbrossokpivotco@gmail.com

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