Kristin has a passion to serve her community and to see lives, marriages, families, and relationships restored. Her goal is to establish a professional faith-based counseling experience with a personal touch. She focuses on normalizing the human experience of pain and suffering as something that is common to all of humanity. Joining with her clients on this common ground, Kristin validates, empowers, and encourages them in a way that facilitates the discovery of healing in their lives. In addition to exploring growth areas with her clients, Kristin focuses a lot on strengths, giving proper emphasis to “what is right with you,” instead of only focusing on “what is wrong with you” in order to affirm what you are already doing well and help you apply these things to successfully problem-solve. Kristin enjoys including her therapy dog, Dewey, in her counseling practice. Dewey is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with an irresistibly sweet and calming presence.
Kristin began her clinical training in Marriage and Family Therapy and school guidance counseling at Northwest Christian College (now Bushnell University) in Eugene, Oregon. In 2002, Kristin completed her Master of Science degree (M.S.) in clinical psychology at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, also earning Evangel’s Outstanding Graduate Student award and the Ozarks Area Psychological Association Outstanding Graduate Student award. Kristin has been fully licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Missouri since 2003, and she is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC) since 2004, which means she voluntarily meets and maintains national board certification standards set by the counseling profession represented by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Kristin holds membership with the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and is a certified PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator since 2008. She is also completing training in Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).
Kristin’s earliest clinical experiences (beginning in 1998) involved working with youth with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED), training foster parents, supervising teams in a wraparound system of care for kids and families in foster or adoption circumstances, providing services in multiple counties for family preservation and family reunification contracts, and providing counseling in a variety of service modalities to youth in transitional independent living settings.
Kristin enjoyed a brief period of adjunct teaching at Evangel University in the psychology program 2002-2005, during which time she also began working in private practice in outpatient community mental health clinics providing individual, marital, and family counseling.
After several years of inquiries from pastors and people in her community who were looking for a licensed Christian counselor, Kristin finally decided to pursue something new to meet that need by establishing All Things New Counseling in early 2009. She is delighted that her vision is meeting the need of the community. The most common feedback she has received from her clients over the years is that they feel comfortable with her and her approach empowers them to address “hard stuff” and succeed in meeting their counseling goals.
And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”