About Therapy with Kris

When challenging behaviors are getting in the way at school, home, work, or in relationships there are reasons the behaviors exist. Many times, people become frustrated trying to understand, begin to place blame, or fear that things won't get better. If this sounds familiar, do not give up hope. 


Working together, we can find answers to questions such as:

*  What is happening?

*  What is not happening?

*  What can be done to improve the situation?

​*  Who can help?

*  How can I maximize my own wellness?


​Since 1989, I have served in varied professional roles as a teacher, school administrator, trainer, consultant to non-profits and schools, and executive leadership coach.  As a therapist, I now specialize in the treatment of clients with unresolved past trauma that is currently affecting their ability to enjoy their life to the fullest.  If my services not a fit for your needs, I may be able to refer you to others with the expertise and characteristics you are looking for.


I use the following modalities in assessment, diagnosis and treatment:

        • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
        • Person-Centered Therapy
        • Experiential & Expressive Art Techniques
        • Psychodynamic Therapeutic Techniques
        • Trauma-Informed (TF-CBT), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SM)- Level 1 Trained)
        • Play Therapy
        • Family Systems Therapy (Focal Family Systems, Functional Family Systems)
        • Mindfulness & Somatic Techniques

Click here for Kris' Bio and information on training/qualifications.


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Description of Therapy Services

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WAIT LIST FOR INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY THERAPY SERVICES.

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For information about availability of services, please call (314) 526-0726 or use contact form on this website.


Individual Therapy

“The real truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together for a time, then they fall back apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that.”  – Pema Chodron

My passion is helping clients who may be struggling with challenges at school, at work, or in relationships. I have helped individuals impacted by learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, giftedness, chronic mental illness, chronic physical illness, the presence of unresolved past trauma, grief/loss, and difficulties with relationships including challenges with bonding and attachment.  I foster a caring and safe environment where people can be free to express themselves honestly. Each client completes assessments, creates goals, and works toward those goals at a comfortable pace.


Adolescent Therapy

"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are."  –e.e. Cummings

In the teen years and early adulthood, having a trusted person to share in conversation and experiences is vitally important to healthy emotional development. It is natural for young people to become more independent during this phase of life. It can be a time of isolation, peer pressure, or conflict with loved ones. Many of these struggles have a “silver lining”, in that they provide opportunity to develop a strong sense of self, find one’s voice in the world, and learn the skills to be an autonomous and productive adult. Greater connection with others and improved communication is often the result of investing in therapy when a strong and supportive bond is formed between therapist and client. 


Play Therapy

          "You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."  –Plato

How does play therapy work? The change process that takes place through play and creative expression may seem mysterious. It is actually based upon psychodynamic principles and has been shown to be effective through qualitative and quantitative studies.


In the play therapy process, an environment that is physically and emotionally safe, as well as confidential, is created. When relaxing, rhythmic, repetitive activities (as in art, music, and movement interventions) are done together with a trusted adult, healthy changes in neurobiological functioning occur. When the play therapy framework is non-directive, children are allowed to proceed according to impulses which emerge from the unconscious and this allows for processing of past trauma and current concerns. In either case, this “working through” leads to healing on many levels, and assessment then shows that behavioral symptoms are often significantly reduced in their frequency, severity, and duration.

Family Therapy

          "The most successful families embrace and elevate their family history, particularly their failures, setbacks and other missteps."     -Bruce Feiler

At times, patterns of behavior or communication between family members do not support the positive growth and development of each individual. Family therapy provides a safe place to speak openly about family members’ experiences of what is happening in their lives and to learn new, more effective ways of interacting. Often, individuals and families become aware of their hidden strengths. It is these discoveries that allow for meaningful change to take place.


Families of all types may benefit from therapy: “traditional”, blended families, multigenerational, LGBTQIA+, single-parent, adoptive, foster, kinship families, and informal family groups each have unique needs. During the assessment phase of therapy, special care is taken to understand the history, current experience and goals of each individual member of the family. In session, family members participate in a caring, emotionally safe process that is respectful of each family member.​