Hello, my name is Kristen Watkins and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. I earned my BA in Psychology from Chapman University and my MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from George Fox University. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I view issues clients bring to session through the lens of relationships. For example, if we are working together to address feelings of anxiety, we would explore how those feelings were impacting your relationships at work, at home, and in the community. My therapeutic style is warm and direct. I establish a therapeutic relationship with my clients and find the approach and interventions that work best for each individual. I understand my job as a therapist best through the lenses of strategic therapy, person-centered work, and attachment styles. I have additional training in working with individuals who have experienced trauma.
Each client I work with comes with different areas they would like to work on. Some of the common themes my clients seek help with are anxiety, depression, life transitions, self-esteem, personal development, self-care, stress management, parenting issues, trauma, relationships, and communication issues. I also enjoy working with clients seeking pre-marriage counseling.
As a therapist, I will not be able to give you advice or make decisions for you. What I can offer is even better. As a therapist, I will be a place for you to feel valued for who you are, exactly as you are. I will ask questions and help you process the answers. I will reflect back to you your values and feelings so that you can make the best choices for your life. I will carry the hope that things can change even when you are not able to see a path through. I will honor your experiences. I will provide a safe and secure environment for you to grow.
I am a practicing Catholic and currently teach at a Christian university.
I look forward to our work together.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Career difficulties
- Coping with life changes
I also have experience in Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD
LMFT #100093 (Expires: 2020-11-30)
So kind, helpful, and equipped with tools to help. I'm grateful for her attentive listening and continuous support.