Hello! I’m Kris and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I am dedicated to helping women work through life’s challenges and moms & families struggling with perinatal mood disorder . I provide individual, couple, and family supportive therapy as well as intensive perinatal support programs. I live in South Orange County with my husband, our two kids, and our crazy dog (who is more like our third child).
When I’m not doing the work I love, I tryyyy to spend some time with my two teenagers (shout out to all the moms navigating THIS minefield), getting my butt kicked by my kick ass trainer/neighbor, watching the sunset with my husband at his “outdoor sandy office” (must be nice), and watching my favorite shows on constant repeat (I’m a creature of habit!). Thanks for taking the time to get to know a little more about me…
and here’s a little more on why I know we can work together.
My Connection To What You’re Going Through
Hearing someone say “I understand” when they haven’t experienced what you’re going through can leave you feeling irritated and even more isolated than you already do. I want you to know that I understand because I’ve actually been there. I’ve experienced postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD, difficult life transitions, relationship struggles, etc….and all as a mom.
Right now, I understand that you feel the saddest you’ve ever felt during a time when you thought you were suppose to feel the happiest. I understand that your anxiety may be so bad that it feels as though you might crawl out of your skin every time the baby monitor makes the slightest sound or with every sunset because you know it would be another night without sleep. I understand that you are over-scheduling, over-controlling, and over-reading. I understand that you want to give up, go away, and disappear. I understand that you cry when you leave your kids and cry when you have to pick them up. I understand you feel shame, guilt, anger, and frustration about everything!
I understand your sense of self has now shifted and you aren’t quite sure who you are anymore or how you’ll get through this. There’s an urge to make it all stop and return to the way it was, and you feel guilty and afraid for thinking this way.
I understand how it feels to experience major shifts in life as a mother. Relationships, jobs, family, community….they are all important parts of who we are and when one or more of them are changing, life can feel overwhelming and unbalanced.
As a partner, I understand that you feel helpless and confused. You desperately want her to feel better, but don’t know what to do or how to ask. You know she’s different and just wish she could “go back” to how she use to be. You ache for her, the baby, and for yourself and you’re feeling lost.
So, when I say “I understand”…trust me, I understand!
What I want you to know is, although you don’t feel like it right now….
- You WILL be ok!
- You WILL start feeling better
- You WILL stop crying and blaming yourself
- You WILL enjoy your life with your children and your partner
- You WILL find the Warrior that is deep inside
- I WILL help you get there!
I use a very comfortable and relational approach through the use of humor, empathy, and goal directed conversation that will focus on symptom identification and reduction. We will be a team and walk through this together. We will focus on re-connecting with your authentic self and integrating your “new self” into a whole person that will have a positive and lasting change to the feelings you are struggling with. We will focus on learning to embrace your role in any facet of your life and empower your identity as a Warrior at any stage of your journey. I am passionate about helping moms and it is VERY important to me that you are able to have access to help in a variety of ways so I offer four different ways we can meet. I will come to your home, meet you in the community, meet you online, or see you in an office. Please visit the link on 4 ways to meet for further details about all of these options.
What You Can Expect
You can call me, text me, or email me. Depending on how you choose to contact me, I will return your message within 24 hours. Please know that although I take every reasonable and required effort to protect your privacy, I still request that you only leave as much information as you are comfortable sharing via text or email. When we speak, we will spend some time talking about why you are seeking therapy, my approach, and how we will work as a team to achieve results. If we decide to move forward, we will schedule a session in one of the four options listed below.
At this time, I offer 4 ways we can meet for therapy.
- In your home
- In my office
- In the community
Contact me TODAY so we can start you on your journey towards a more fulfilled, happier, and stronger you.
I look forward to hearing from you.
In case you’re curious…
I have over 20 years experience working in the mental health field and have enjoyed working with adolescents and adults with mental health struggles through non-profit agencies, county contracted agencies, court programs, private practice settings, and group home settings. I enjoy partnering with Psychiatrists, Primary Care Physicians, and Nurse Practitioners, and have strong community connections for a variety of supportive resources.
My Bachelor of Arts degree is in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento and my Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology is from The Professional School of Psychology.
I am a Professional Member of CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists), OCCAMFT and PSI (Postpartum Support International), hold a Certificate in Perinatal Mood Disorders from Postpartum Support International, and am trained in Birth Trauma Therapy through The Birth & Trauma Support Center.