I was hired as a case manage at Rawhide in New London in 2017. I transitioned to a residential therapist role in 2019. I started to see outpatients in the spring of 2020 and hope to fully transition to outpatient by the fall.
I currently work with adjudicated minors and their families. I facilitate individual, family, group, and equine sessions. I am trained in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy. Many of our clients have experienced significant trauma which affects how they view the world and work their way through it. I tell my clients I never give them a pass for their behaviors from past trauma, but try to help them understand how it affects their thinking process. Often time these process can lead to impulsive decision making resulting in dangerous or unhealthy choices. I often use system and narrative approaches with clients. We talk about everything in their lives being part of their system and their lives are their story. I also incorporate cognitive behavioral theory to help clients think about their thought processes affect their behavior.
Prior to Rawhide I was a line therapist working with children on the autism spectrum and worked with adults with a variety of mental health diagnosis in a group home. I have also worked with a variety of children while directing summer camps for almost ten years. I spent four years in the Marine Corps in the early 90’s. I also drove a semi for almost twenty years before going back to school to pursue my MSW.
I have an advanced practice social work license with the state of Wisconsin and earned my Master of Social Work degree from UW-Oshkosh in 2017. I earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Liberty University in 2013.
Kristen enjoys working with individuals, couples, families, adolescents, as well as adults and has a special interest in working with survivors of trauma. She believes that individuals heal when they are heard, therefore she provides a comfortable space for clients to work through life’s many challenges. She recognizes that change is hard and hopes to help individuals find peace with their past, comfort in the present, and optimism for their future. Kristen places an emphasis on self-awareness, motivation, resiliency, and belief systems.
Kristen’s professional education includes a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin- Platteville and a Master of Science in Counselor Education from the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater.
Kristen can be seen in our Oshkosh office.