Hi there! My name is Kirstie, and in my work, I am focused on providing clients with a hopeful, supportive and validating environment where they can grow and explore their true selves. I believe in empowering individuals to take charge of their own happiness and to give themselves unconditional love and respect, encouraging clients to embrace their autonomy and recognize their ability to create the life they desire.
Working from a trauma informed approach, I aim to help those with past and childhood traumas stabilize and move forward from those experiences into a more unified future. I am also adept at connecting and communicating authentically with kids of all ages. Using hands-on activities, including art, music and writing, I am able to bring mental health to life in a way that is accessible and meaningful. Another interest of mine is working with individuals who have undergone bariatric surgery and the unique struggles that are encountered post-op, as well as those struggling with body image. A passionate musician and musical theater participant, I also enjoy working with creatives of all ages in establishing healthy routines and expectations, learning coping strategies for high stress environments/situations, sorting through performance anxiety and many other things that come along with being in a creative field.
Drawing from many theoretical orientations, I approach therapy as an individualized practice and maintain a person-centered approach throughout treatment. I draw from what I feel will work best for my client’s needs and personality, but some of my favorite approaches stem from Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) and its cousins, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I also enjoy incorporating a strengths-based approach and mindfulness techniques to help empower clients to take charge of their mental health. In the future, I hope to pursue a certification in Animal Assisted Therapy as well as certifications in DBT and Internal Family Systems (IFS).
I hold an M.Ed. and am a graduate of Temple University’s Counseling Psychology program, eager to counsel and provide services to those in need under supervision by an LPC/LCSW. I have extensive experience with the arts and also hold a B.S. in Contemporary Music Studies
from SUNY New Paltz. In my free time, I enjoy traveling both near and far, exploring all this world has to offer. Constantly caffeinated, I love to try new coffee shops and coffee products and have worked as a barista for almost a decade. I am also active in community theater productions, and enjoy attending live music events of all kinds. I currently live in Philadelphia with my partner and our two furry family members, a dog and cat.
Unfortunately I do not accept insurance at this time, however can provide you with a monthly Super Bill if accepted by your insurance company. Sessions are 50 minutes, and I am currently offering both in person and virtual appointments. The most efficient way to contact me is via email, however will happily accept texts and phone calls as well.Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: 845-764-0422I am eager to connect with you and help you along your healing and self-discovery journey!