Providing Counseling to Adults, Children, Couples and Families
I am originally from the Buffalo area. I completed my graduate work in Grand Forks, ND, where I was fortunate to work with a variety of people struggling with many different types of issues. My time in the Midwest allowed me to gain experience working with individuals that were in crisis and/or exposed to trauma.
When I came back to Buffalo in 2006, I started working in the field of Crisis Intervention. I helped develop a successful police training program that focused on training law enforcement, and worked in direct service assisting individuals in crisis. Though I was successful in my work, I always felt something was missing and decided to take a huge leap and see clients in a private practice setting.
I started my private practice in the Spring of 2016. I work with individuals that struggle with anxiety and depression, and have continued to work with First Responders and Law Enforcement assisting with training and providing treatment. I also have obtained training to work with pregnant and postpartum mothers as well as additional trauma training to assist those struggling with grief and loss.
I am excited to work with you, and assist you in finding a way through difficult and uncertain times. I am dedicated to helping you find your purpose and drive to achieve happiness.
Services and Office
I offer both in person and Telehealth sessions using a HIPPA compliant platform. Clients have access to a client portal as well as electronic documents and esign.
I offer therapy tailored to the individual, I plan to meet my clients where they are at, and work with them on a plan that fits their life. I use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to assist individuals in regaining control of their life and work on goals that will lead to fulfillment and a reduction of symptoms. I work with individuals, couples, families and teenagers.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.
For more information on EMDR therapy please visit. www.emdria.org or www.emdr.com
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common type of talk therapy (psychotherapy). You work with a mental health counselor (psychotherapist or therapist) in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. CBT helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.
CBT can be a very helpful tool ― either alone or in combination with other therapies ― in treating mental health disorders, such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or an eating disorder. But not everyone who benefits from CBT has a mental health condition. CBT can be an effective tool to help anyone learn how to better manage stressful life situations.
Kristin accepts a variety of insurance plans which includes:
Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Independent Health, Univera, Concordia Behavioral Health, Beacon Health Options, Molina Independent Health Medisource and IHA Essential Plan 1 & 2, Cigna TriCare, ESI EAP, MagnaCare and EviCore EAP.
Clients are also welcome to private pay, and send invoices to their insurance company for reimbursement.
Payment Cash, check and all major credit cards accepted for payment.
Cancellation Policy Attendance is greatly appreciated, but if you must cancel and/or change your appointment time, 24 hours advance notice is required to allow someone else an opportunity to accept the appointment. A cancellation fee equivalent to the full cost of a session may be applied when less than 24 hours notice is provided.