Serving: Adolescent (Ages 15+), Adult, Families, Individuals
When you work with Kristine, you’ll feel safe and not judged so you can let your guard down and be vulnerable to share your authentic thoughts and feelings with her. You’ll feel deeply understood and validated, so you can build trust and work towards your treatment goals.
Emotion dysregulation, self-harm, suicidal ideation, anxiety, depression, grief work, life transitions, identity work, eating disorders, relationship issues, substance use, and managing symptoms as a result of trauma are some of the issues Kristine can help her clients address. She helps them gain awareness of ineffective cognitive, emotional and behavioral patterns that are causing undue suffering in their lives, then teaches them a variety of coping skills so that they can live more in line with their values.
Kristine teaches skills such as Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. She draws from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, (DBT), practicing balancing acceptance (validation) vs. change (problem-solving). As a DBT Therapist, she adheres to a set of agreements and assumptions to strengthen the rapport between herself and her clients so that they can feel empowered to make necessary changes to improve the quality of their lives. Other modalities she employs include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Rogerian/Client-Centered therapy, and concepts from Attachment Theory.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s degree from The University of Chicago and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago, Kristine has experience counseling individuals, groups and families of all ages, backgrounds and mental health diagnoses.