Therapy Specialties

When we hear the word trauma, we often think of acute situations like a natural disaster, death of a loved one, phsyical or sexual assault.

While those types of “Big T” traumas do occur for some, many of my clients come in because they are noticing the effects of what we call “Little t” trauma. 

Clients don’t think they’ve ever had trauma in their life but often the struggles of adulthood illuminate our childhood adversities and trauma. 

If you are repeating patterns in your life that are destructive to you, or your relationships, it may be because of experiences that formed you when you were young. 

I’m not one to practice a  “let’s blame everything on mommy” approach. But, I do understand the effects of adversity on a developing mind and I’ve studied how to overcome them and heal when we’re grown. 

The good news is it’s never too late to change.

Maybe you’re repeating some destructive patterns at work or in your relationships.

Perhaps you get angrier with your kids faster than you’d like.

Are you trying so hard to please others you lose yourself in the process?

If you are struggling with adulthood, let’s see if there are old wounds we can heal that you may not even be aware of but will help you move forward toward real joy.

My doctoral work focused on effective prevention and treatment of Postpartum depression and anxiety. 

What I found was that mothers need support, information and empowerment to overcome the often crippling expectation of new motherhood. It takes guidance to embrace your unique style of parenting, trust your inner voice and let go of the feelings of “not doing it right.”

I work with some womxn who have been diagnosed with a postnatal mood disorder and others that have not been diagnosed but who feel like motherhood is not what they expected and they need support to move forward in a way that works for the whole family.

Parents of High Sensitive Kids

After years of working with children, it became clear that parents need support in order to best help their kids. 

My graduate degree in education, that included deep study of behavior management techniques, along with my passion for mindful parenting (and my own experience raising three kids) make me uniquely qualified to support parents of intense, highly sensitive kids. 

If you are struggling with your child’s behavior or anxious moods, let’s talk about how you can learn strategies to not just support your tiny human, but to take care of yourself as well.

Grief and loss takes many shapes. We mourn death of course, but we also grieve through the loss of relationships or job loss. We even mourn through life changes when they occur. 

No matter the loss. No matter the path of our grief, one things is universal, we are not great at the process in this culture. Grief is often not talked about, or it is given a timetable or a set of rules. Not here. Here you’ll find a safe, nonjudgemental place to go through whatever process you need to mourn loss and move forward.  

If you find yourself struggling with a recent loss of a loved one or even grieving through a stage of life, let’s talk.

Tired of fighting? Sick of the silence? Does everything look fine outside but inside you feel  anything but fine? Come learn to listen and speak more effectively in a safe, judgement free space. Cristie is Gottman trained and believes every partnership deserves to feel good for every partner.

Interested in better managing the stress of change?

Get the latest tools and inspiration starting with our free guide for people who may be struggling through stages of life.

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Dear Moms of Teenagers, Sorry, I'm afraid we don't pay enough attention to you. For some reason moms of teenagers stop talking to each other and the world seems to stop talking to us as well. There are no mommy groups when your kid starts driving or dating, or waiting tables to earn money for their own car. 😳 The myths are that teenagers are hard and moody and even mean. If this holds true in our houses, we clam up. Who wants to share struggles out loud? Because maybe you'll be judged or lectured or simply outed as a "bad mom". And if it's not true? If your teenager is actually someone you want to spend time around, and you rarely fight or worry? Well then you really shut up. Because you might make other people angry, or jinx your good luck. It seems, moms of teens, you're dammed it you do and if you don't. So, you get quiet. You worry and fret and question as much as you ever did in those early years, but there is no one to share with. I'm here to tell you we're all in the same boat. My truth: sometimes it's a struggle. They're independent human beings who test me at every turn. I worry about their safety. I worry about their mental health. I worry I'm too hard on them. I worry that I'm not hard enough. I worry that they'll hate me if I do or don't do the things right. (Spoiler: I almost never have any idea what all the things are and what is right.) ALSO, sometimes, it's nothing short of glorious. There is laughter and warmth and love. I find them to be spectacular independent human beings who amaze me with their wit and wisdom. I am newly understanding the deepest meaning of proud as I watch them grow. AND I am newly understanding the deepest feeling of loss as I watch them fly away, in search of their own dreams. Both the negative myths and the positive and heartbreaking truth are what shows up in my house on a daily basis. Teenagers, raising them, is messy business. We need each other to help us all get through. Remember I'm here, in it with ya. Reach out when you need a reminder of how great you are. You got this mama. Even when it doesn't feel that way. You're perfect. You rock. You're loved. xoxo, CRK #parentingteens #maternalmeantalhealth ...

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Dear Lonely Mom, ⁠ I see you. I'm here for you. I was you. I had no mom, no friends in a new town, no family close by and three tiny kids who needed ALL of me ALL the time. ⁠ I have never felt more alone. ⁠ ⁠ I found connection in the strangest place back then-online. I started blogging and reading others' blogs. We weren't "influencing" back then. There were no perfect pictures of our curated lives. We just wrote and wrote, sharing the truth of our days and supporting one another in the comment sections. ⁠ ⁠ Strange as it may be, that community of online moms was exactly what I needed to feel like I wasn't messing this whole thing up all the time. ⁠ ⁠ So, I'm here for you now. When you feel lost, or alone or hopeless or helpless, I'm here reminding you that you are perfect. In all your messy, complicated love, you are perfect. ⁠ ⁠ When I say you rock. When I say you're doing it all right. When I say that you are the perfect mom for your kids: I'm talking to you. ⁠ ⁠ Yes, you. ⁠ You are not alone. 💕⁠ xoxo, ⁠ CRK⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #lovenotesformom⁠ #parenting⁠ #mentalhealth⁠ #motherhood⁠ #maternalmentalhealth ...

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