I am a licensed graduate professional counselor practicing under the supervision of Dr. Sally Mays. I have experience working with adolescents, adults, and families struggling with a variety of challenges including anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, low self-esteem, adjustment to life transitions, parenting issues and other family-related concerns. I approach working with clients from a Strengths-Based perspective, working collaboratively with clients to develop goals and foster well-being by developing increased resilience and empowerment. In this effort, I utilize a variety of evidence-based practices including psychoeducation, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Solution Focused therapy, and Attachment Based Family therapy to maximize outcomes. That being said, no technique is more valuable to a client’s progress than building a positive and trusting therapeutic relationship, which remains my priority throughout treatment.
I am a mid-life career changer. After having kids, I decided to take a chance and pursue my dream to earn a Master of Science Degree in Counseling followed by a Post Master’s Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University in 2018. I am so glad I took the leap! I’m passionate about my work and love engaging with clients to help them gain a sense of well-being and fulfill their potential. Most recently, I worked at The Children’s Guild as an outpatient mental health clinician providing therapy and support to adolescents and families for both situational and ongoing social, emotional and behavioral issues. I very much consider myself a life-long learner and take every opportunity to advance my knowledge and skills to become a better practitioner.
Life Outside the Office
I live in Edgewater with my husband, two teenage boys and my sweet little dog Annie. In my free time, I enjoy riding the Peloton, walking, cooking, and reading – especially historical fiction and self-help books. I also love traveling with my family and exploring new places. So far, my favorite spot is Bar Harbor, Maine where we love to hike and eat lobsters!
Kristen practices part time in the Severna Park and Annapolis locations providing both in-person and telehealth services. Kristen is an out of network provider.