Kristen Lewis LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapy in Los Altos, California, 94024

Kristen Lewis


Kristen Lewis


Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Marriage and Family Therapy - 101547
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


1000 Fremont Ave
Suite #230 D
Los Altos, California 94024

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My Approach to Helping

Do you feel overwhelmed by emotions and feel stuck about how to resolve these feelings? I am here to work with you to gain your life back. Experiencing trauma can make us feel overwhelmed and stuck. Trauma can come in many forms; you may have experienced the deep pain of losing a loved one or you may be experiencing trauma from relationships. Trauma in relationships include emotional neglect, verbal abuse, and physical abuse. In whatever form, you are a survivor and you are strong (even though you may not feel strong). Now let's work together to understand your trauma; I am here to listen to your story and help you create the life that you want and deserve.

I am here to work with you to fully understand your story and what you are struggling with so that I can know how best to help and support you. We will then create a plan together to help you feel less overwhelmed, stuck, and to feel more empowered in your life. I believe that it is your right to have the opportunity to work through your struggles in order to live your fullest potential and to follow your dreams. I am hopeful that we can work together to create the healing that you need.

Please visit my website for additional information on the services I provide. Also, feel free to contact me for a free phone consultation; I would love to talk with you more about what I offer and to see if we may be a good fit.

More Info About My Practice

You may have felt like you shut down or freeze in situations, overwhelmed by emotions that seem to just come out of nowhere. Or you may have flashbacks from a specific traumatic event. All of these responses are normal reactions. It can feel like such a lonely and isolating experience, especially if we feel like others don't understand what we're experiencing. Feeling misunderstood can make us feel even worse. Or we can feel like something is wrong with us, and that we should be able to be strong and pull ourselves from out of the emotions or frozen states. It is not because you are weak. The emotions want to be heard and understood so that they can tell their story and know that they matter. YOU matter.

Also, if you feel like your trauma makes it extremely difficult to be in social situations and engage with others, you deserve to feel like you can engage with others in a way that not only allows you to feel like you belong, but in a way that makes you feel like you?re alive and comfortable with just being yourself.

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

It can be scary to think about going to therapy at first, and the stigma associated with going to therapy in this culture (and in many cultures) does not help. Also, we can think that we can figure things out on our own or that we should be strong enough to handle our struggles. However, I believe it is a strength to reach out for help and to say what we need. In reality, we all need support and help at some point in our lives no matter what we are going through - big or small. We are social beings and it is crucial to have someone we can talk with who understands what we are going through in order to get through whatever life is giving us. In addition to the emotional support, therapists can help with seeing patterns and family dynamics that one who isn't trained may not see. Thus, therapy is all about gaining the emotional support needed while also understanding why we may be having certain struggles. Making the unconscious conscious is the goal of therapy; this means there are many things we are not aware of and the more we can uncover the roles we play in certain dynamics and why we are in so much emotional pain, the less stuck we are and the more freedom and choices we may have in our lives to build the life that we want and deserve. I have found this true for myself.

If you are on the fence about going to therapy, it doesn't hurt to give it a try to see if it works for you and to find out if it is helpful. It is important to find a therapist who is the right fit as well; it makes all the difference to talk with someone you feel comfortable with and with whom you have a trusting relationship; it is then that healing is more likely to happen. I would love to speak with you to see if we are a good fit to work together.

What Makes up a Problem?

A problem is anything that may be bothering you, big or small. Even if something seems small, there may be bigger aspects to it that we may not realize. I believe that everything is connected. Even if you talk about something that seems small, this smaller issue may point us to some deeper pain that needs to be heard. I believe that any amount of emotional pain is a cry to be heard, and the unconscious is wanting us to understand why this particular issue is bothering you. In addition, if you are in a tremendous amount of emotional pain that seems overwhelming or too much, it is even more important for this pain to be heard and understood. It will get better and feel less overwhelming the more it is talked about, heard, and understood. I want to hear what your pain has to say; it deserves to tell its story. YOU deserve to tell you story.

Services I Provide

  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Survivors of childhood neglect and emotional abuse

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Behaviorism
  • Bipolar
  • Body Image
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Learning Difficulties
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Racism
  • Rejection
  • School issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Esteem
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry

Types of Therapy

  • Body Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Dreamwork
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
  • Object Relations
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Somatic Experiencing (SE)
  • Sport / Fitness Psychology
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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