Kristen Kohler, LPC, NBCC
Kristen is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of New Jersey. She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wilmington University, as well as her Bachelor’s of Science. Kristen has training in mindfulness-based stress reduction methods, mindfulness based cognitive therapy, and integrative medicine. She helps tweens, teens, adults, and families struggling with issues like anxiety, depression, grief, poor self-esteem or self-confidence, and trauma.
In today’s society we have a lot of “to dos” between taking care of our families, households, jobs, and more. Women that have the incredible gift of caregiving are often depleted by the needs of others, toxic relationships, and people pleasing tendencies. We sacrifice ourselves and our own needs to what seems like the greater good of others. This can result in burn-out, anxiety, stress, resentment, and depression.
Kristen helps her clients find ways to “be” instead of “do”. This process sheds the additional tightness of anxiety and stress that we tend to carry around with us in our minds and in our bodies. Through mindfulness, Kristen will guide you on your path to being more present and connected to yourself. By cultivating an attitude of self-compassion and acceptance, we can continue to care for others while also tending to ourselves in the process.
The way in which we judge and criticize ourselves erodes at our overall well-being. Kristen supports clients in excavating old, negative beliefs about themselves and understanding how those beliefs impact their feelings and behaviors. This results in improved awareness, insight, and attention. By helping people find the space between a trigger and a reaction, Kristen teaches her clients how to respond to their environment with a sense of calm and clarity.
“Our bodies know that they belong; it is our minds that make our lives so homeless.”
– John O’Donohue
Kristen’s therapy style is warm, inviting, and compassionate. She considers it one of her greatest honor’s to be able to support someone in their journey through life and to support them in making positive changes in order to cultivate more contentment and happiness. She helps individuals empower themselves and have a secure sense of who they are. Through a collaborative approach, she supports clients in finding ways to honor themselves, their personal values and goals.
With a humanistic style, Kristen helps clients understand the tendency of the mind and how easy it is to get stuck in the negatives. She works with each client to identify their individual strengths and develop compassion for themselves in order to embrace and redirect the negative mind.
Kristen has grown up in South Jersey and resides with her husband, dog and fish. When she isn’t working with her clients you can find her in the yoga studio, going for walks or hikes, kayaking, spending time with her family and friends and when there is snow, skiing in the mountains!