Kristen Tripp, MA, LPC-Intern

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor – Intern (LPC – Intern) and am seeking to become a Registered Play Therapy (RPT), my supervisor is Jennifer Cain, LPC – S, RPT – S. My areas of competence include individual counseling, group counseling, play therapy, sandtray therapy, couples and family counseling. I am not able to prescribe medications to clients. My education as a counselor began at SHSU in August 2016 and at HBU in 2011. In August of 2018 I graduated from SHSU and shortly after I received my LPC – Intern License. Being an LPC – Intern means that I am under supervision until I complete my 3,000 hours of counseling and become fully licensed as an LPC.

I believe that clients have the ability to choose how to resolve their own problems and can make their own decisions with my assistance as a facilitator. I believe that clients are responsible for their own behaviors, thoughts, and feelings. As a counselor, I hope to facilitate for my client’s greater self-awareness through their life experiences that lead to increased confidence, self-esteem, independence, mental health, and the capacity to effectively navigate the complex challenges of life. .

Some clients need only a few counseling sessions to achieve these goals, while others may require more counseling. As a client, you maintain control of yourself and you may end our counseling relationship at any point, and I will be supportive of that position.

I use an eclectic approach to therapy by individualizing treatment plans to best fit my clients needs. I enjoy working with children ages 1 ½ to 18 and their families, however I also work with adults and sometimes couples. When I work with children; for teens I strongly encourage and for younger kids I require that the parents or guardians participate in the therapeutic process. The reason for this is because your role as the parent is so VERY important in your child’s life, and equally important to the therapeutic process. I incorporate the use of creative and expressive arts in play therapy.

I have had specialized training in the following areas, however this is not a comprehensive list: clay and play therapy, sandtray, creative and expressive arts, social skills, behavioral issues, maltreated and foster care children, trauma, PCIT, Gottman Level I training, CPS, DARS, ARDS and 504 plans. I am currently accepting new clients. My clients are children, teens, and adults.

Issues that I work with include, but are not limited to…: Depression, anxiety, addiction, adoption, anger management, Asperger’s syndrome, autism, chronic pain, codependency, coping skills, developmental disorders, divorce, family conflict, grief, learning disabilities, life transitions, OCD, peer relationships, postpartum, school issues, self-harming, insomnia, stress, testing and evaluation, and PTSD.

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