My Approach to Helping
Kristi is a Mental Health Counselor who offers individual and couples therapy to address various mental health challenges including traumaPTSD, substance use and addiction, relationship conflicts, interpersonal and professional difficulties, self esteem issues, mood disorders and more. Additionally, she has experience in the areas of multicultural issues, LGBTQ, sexuality, gender and identity.
Kristi’s goal is to create a therapeutic space where her clients feel safe, heard and supported. She takes a collaborative and interactive approach to help clients gain new insights about the underlying patterns of their difficulties in order to create fundamental and lasting change. Her style is warm, empathetic, and non- judgmental while also honest and direct. Kristi prides herself on being approachable. She would rather joke with people rather than judge them and, though she loves to talk, she finds listening to be just as powerful.
Her approach is rooted in psychodynamic theory, while also applying CBT and relational techniques, motivational interviewing and mindfulness, depending on a client’s needs. Kristi aims to provide clients with the tools they need to help them discover and unlock their full potential.
Kristi earned her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Fordham University, and completed her training with dual diagnosis (addiction and mental illness) at an outpatient substance abuse treatment center in Manhattan.