Counselor / Therapist
Kristen Crowley, MA, Expressive Arts Therapist photo
Kristen Crowley, MA, Expressive Arts Therapist
NewtonMA 02459
Practice Information:
My approach to counseling is collaborative in that I enter into a partnership with my clients rather than maintaining the distanced stance of an expert. My view is that each person contains within them all of the resources necessary for healing and transformation and that my role in the relationship is to help them to see and actualize these strengths. The expressive arts are an incredibly useful aid in this process of self-understanding and the techniques I have been developing can also serve as tools of coping and adaptation as well. My training enables me to integrate the arts into traditional counseling practices in a way that supports and deepens the healing process. I have worked with clients struggling to overcome a wide range of issues in their lives including depression, anxiety, domestic violence, trauma, grief and loss as well as more the more general challenge of life transitions. I have been continuously amazed at the resilience of the human spirit and the power of the therapeutic relationship as a vehicle for navigating the waters of the unknown. These difficulties can be our greatest teachers if we consider ourselves worthy of happiness and I am committed to using my own strengths of compassion and a deep understanding of human nature to help people find their way along this path.
Bio:
I completed my graduate studies in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies. With a background in social justice work, I entered into this field with an understanding of access to mental health services as a basic human right. I view the integration of expressive practices into traditional counseling as a way of making psychological healing accessible to all individuals. I currently reside in southern Vermont where I have been deepening my understanding of the healing arts at a local psychiatric treatment center as milieu and group counselor. At this time, I am focusing on building a private practice in collaboration with Samadhi Integral Life Practice Center in Newton Center, MA. This organization is grounded in an integral approach to individual development which takes a holistic view of health and healing. As a member of this collective, I will have flexible office hours during which I will be available for individual, family and couples counseling.
Practice Areas:
 Counseling / Therapy
 Adolescents
 Anger Management
 Anxiety and Panic
 Arts Therapy (Expressive)
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
 Bicultural Difficulties
 Body Image Issues
 Caregiver Issues
 Children's Counseling
 Chronic Illness
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues
 Couples Therapy
 Depression
 Divorce
 Domestic Violence
 Eating Disorders
 Gender Identity / Transgenderism
 Grief and Loss
 Learning Disabilities
 Life Transitions
 Loneliness
 Marriage & Family Therapy
 Marriage Counseling
 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Online / Video / Teletherapy
 Play Therapy
 Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Relationship Issues
 Self Esteem Issues
 Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Stress Management
 Trauma and PTSD
 Women's Issues
 Work and Career Issues
Certifications:
 Psychotherapy (MA)
Education:
Creative Aging, Play Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy with Adolescents, Brief Therapy/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Drama Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy, Creative Arts Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Expressive Arts and Jungian Theory, Family Therapy
Hours:
Flexible
Cost/Session:
Sliding scale
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