Kristina Edler,LISW-S

Kristina Edler,LISW-S

Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LISW-S
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Allied Insurance Group
  • Anthem
  • Cigna
  • Medical Mutual
  • Meritain Health
  • Optima
  • Optum/United Health Care
  • Oscar Health Insurance Co.
  • OSU Primecare
  • Tricare
  • UMR
  • United Health Care
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Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221

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My Approach to Helping

It is important to have goals- they give us something to work towards. My main goal as a therapist is to provide all my clients with the ability to talk openly- without judgment- so that they may draw connections, feel their feelings, and learn positive ways to cope with life. In order to accomplish this goal, I utilize three main objectives: a positive therapeutic relationship; a safe space to process feelings; and the teaching of valuable skills used to improve mood, reduce negative behaviors, and strengthen relationships.

How do we build a good therapeutic relationship? In my practice, humor is used in conjunction with empathy, compassion, and a firm, caring approach. Humor can help someone feel more comfortable, express one's self more openly, or just lift one's spirits. I believe that through the use of humor, empathy, and compassion, we are able to develop the good therapeutic relationship needed to utilize a firm, caring approach. In all, these will lead to a positive, successful therapy session.

In order to discuss difficult, personal topics in session, all those involved need to feel safe. My practice strives to provide a safe space for all. Everyone who enters the front door is valued and appreciated for who they are. The goal is to provide a space where everyone is able to process feelings without the fear of being judged or censored. Therapy works best when you feel that you may speak openly. Groups (couples and families) are encouraged to value and show respect for one another. A good rule of thumb is to leave negative thoughts and statements expressed in session at the door upon exit. What happens in therapy, should stay in therapy!

Along with a good therapeutic relationship and a safe space for all, we need to work on building valuable skills used to improve mood, reduce negative behaviors, and strengthen relationships. Interventions utilized to achieve this goal include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused Therapy. If you don't know what these are, that is fine- you don't have to. Just follow my lead- I'm the professional! Not every intervention works for everyone. We will try different strategies and determine what works best for you.

Learning valuable skills to improve mood, reduce negative behaviors, and strengthen relationships takes a lot of work. But with a fun, caring, and safe environment, I hope to improve your skillful wellness.

My Role as a Therapist

My role as a therapist is to be a sound board for your thoughts and feelings. You express yourself outwardly and analyze how it sounds. I may help you see or hear an alternative view andor give you options on how to resolve issues. I will not tell you what you "should" do or how you "should" act. I will offer options that you may not have considered. My role as a therapist also includes teaching skills necessary to improve mood, reduce negative behaviors, and strengthen relationships. This is accomplished through various evidence based practices customized for you.

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Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    LGBTQ, Couples: Families; Victims of Trauma; Veterans; Adolescents

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Hoarding
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Irritability
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Terminal Illness
  • Trichotillomania
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

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