Kristin is a Child and Family Therapist, specializing in working with children, ages 5-12, who experience anxiety, trauma, and/or are neurodiverse (ADHD, ASD, SPD, gifted, highly sensitive, etc). Kristin also specializes and has extensive experience and training working with LGBTQ children and families.
Using a holistic approach, Kristin approaches therapy through the framework of attachment theory, somatic-based emotional regulation (Vagal Theory), play and expressive therapies, and family systems theory. Kristin views behavior as a symptom of underlying and unmet needs. She enjoys working with parents to identify their child’s underlying and unmet needs and creating plans for home and for school to address those needs in order to reduce or extinguish the concerning behavior.
Kristin has been working with children in therapy Since 2010. After obtaining her Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Kristin began working with vulnerable children in Eastern Washington. She joined the Vancouver community in 2013, and continued to work with vulnerable children in a community mental health setting. She opened her child therapy private practice in 2015.
Kristin has additional training in play therapy, art therapy techniques for children, Comprehensive Energy Psychology (including Emotional Freedom Technique), Mindfulness-Based practices, Attachment-based therapy, family therapy, and positive parenting approaches. She works from the framework that children process, learn, and heal best when they are able to communicate and learn through their primary language – play, movement, art, and behavior. Kristin encourages strong family involvement in the therapy process, since her experience has shown that children improve quicker when families make changes, as well.