Welcome!

Saint Louis Support Center provides

trauma-informed services

to clients who are actively engaged 

in creating and maintaining greater wellness for themselves.  


Since 2015, clients of many backgrounds and all ages have been served at Saint Louis Support Center.

  

I identify as

a lifelong learner, leader and coach,

parent, sister, daughter, auntie, friend, and spouse, 

both bi-racial and Black, 

young and middle-aged (LOL!), 

introverted but not shy, 

human, 

resilient,

and an inclusive and nurturing presence.


Please scroll down the page.  Below, you will find some of the more traditional biographical info... 


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Click here to learn about Kris' recent community involvement.


About Kris-- Beliefs, Training, Experience

Kris is passionate about facilitating positive change for individuals and organizations in culturally diverse communities. 


Kris believes:

  • In working toward accurate empathy— meaning that she believes deeply that it is a privilege to hear client stories and to thoughtfully discern how to provide support for each client’s journey.
  • In the power of being present— modeling mindfulness, non-violence, and mind/body holism whenever it is possible to do so.
  • In the principle of organicity— that is, Kris believes that clients have the wisdom within that it takes to move forward toward greater wellness and as humans. We are hardwired to do what is best for ourselves at any given moment, and sometimes it is difficult to be aware of what is happening. The process of therapy involves making the unconscious conscious.  We are all works in progress and capable of growing and getting better all the time.


Training, Experience, Qualifications

Kris graduated, cum laude, from Vassar College having completed an Independent major entitled, The Education of Bilingual and Multicultural Students. She received management training  from Stetson University, where she completed her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. In 2015, she was awarded an M.A. with honors in Professional Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from Webster University. 


Kris has 30 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and their families. In private practice, Kris serves clients with varied needs, with an emphasis on those seeking services for current challenges which have their origin in unresolved past trauma or living with chronic stress. Her clinical training at Children’s Home Society of Missouri included participation in trainings on Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. In 2016, Kris completed Level 1 Training through Pat Ogden’s Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. In August of 2018, Kris was selected to become a member of the Saint Louis Psychoanalytic Institute's Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program. Kris is also a Reiki Second Degree Practitioner.


Prior to moving to St. Louis, Kris served as a public school teacher and building-level administrator, an ESL Director, Assistant to the Superintendent for Curriculum and Assessment, an adjunct graduate studies instructor, and a community volunteer in New York and Florida.


Kris enjoys quality time with family and friends, travel, exercise, yoga, cooking, reading, gardening, and training her dog, Picasso, who is working to become a therapy dog (and will soon be ready to come to work at SSC!)

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."

Mahatma Gandhi