Krista is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Virginia. She graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in psychology and biology and received her graduate degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado. She has been working in the field of counseling with adults, children, and families since 1997. Krista is currently a doctoral candidate in childhood mental health and developmental disorders.
In Colorado, Krista was a therapist and treatment coordinator for 7 years at a nationally recognized youth treatment center that addressed issues pertaining to trauma, loss, anxiety, depression and ADHD. When she moved to Virginia, she began work with the City of Alexandria, where she created after-school programs for adolescents who were also struggling with mental health needs and groups for parents and siblings. She has received extensive training and supervision in play and expressive art therapy to address issues that impact children, adolescents, and families. Please ask for further information on how children use play to work through treatment issues or visit www.a4pt.org. Krista is also a learner of the DIR/floortime model through the ICDL ( www.icdl.com) and works with infants and young children with identified learning delays.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, and research from the John Gottman Institute are approaches used when working with adults and couples. She applies these skills and research in her work. Individual, marital, and relationship therapy is an interactive and growth oriented process. Homework between sessions may be provided to aid in improving the relationship dynamics and skills. There has been an increased amount of research in the field of marital and family therapy and techniques/strategies are focused on improving attachments and communication skills.
Since moving to Virginia in 2003, Krista has been working with children, adults, and families in the Washington DC Metro area to enhance relationships and offer guidance in navigating life's obstacles.