Kristen Krischke, BA

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Kristen Krischke, BA

Areas of Expertise: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, relationship issues, minority stress, borderline personality disorder and emotion dysregulation, suicidal ideation, non-suicidal self-injury

Treatments Provided: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Relational-Cultural Therapy

Certifications: Special Education K-12 Cross Categorical Mild/Moderate Teacher Certified;  Graduate Certificate in Multicultural & Social Justice Counseling (University of Missouri-St. Louis, anticipated 2023) 

Education: MED Clinical Mental Health Counseling (University of Missouri-St. Louis, anticipated 2023); BA in Special Education (University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2014)

Private pay fee: $50 per individual session (sliding scale sometimes offered)

Kristen Krischke (she/her) is currently studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL), a CACREP-accredited graduate program. She is very excited to be doing her field experience training at Upaya Counseling with an emphasis on Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She is under the supervision of Upaya's Founder and Director, Dr. Amanda Bittner. Kristen provides individual and family therapy to adolescents and adults. She is on the DBT Team at Upaya and in the process of DBT core certification in the state of Missouri. She furthers her professional development through self-study; she is currently focused on the works written by DBT's developer, Marsha Linehan, PHD. In addition to being an intern at Upaya, Kristen provides psychosocial rehabilitation services in the St. Louis area. She is especially helpful to clients struggling with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, relationship issues, minority stress, emotion dysregulation, suicidal ideation, and non-suicidal self-injury. 

Through her endeavors with children and adolescents in the school setting, Kristen found when drawing from a strength-based approach that mutually accounted for systemic barriers, students were able to attain goals previously imagined as impossible. This inspired Kristen to venture beyond the classroom to the counseling field in hopes of broadening the positive impact that comes when engaging people holistically. Kristen believes in the power of therapy to foster a congruence between the person as an individual and a community member. She strives to create a safe and validating environment to offer an avenue of empowerment for people to attain their unique potential. She deeply values partnering with folks and using the therapeutic relationship as a vehicle for healing and growth. 

In her free time, Kristen loves spending time with family and friends as well as exploring the outdoors, reading, cooking, and doing nail art. Please reach out if you are interested in doing therapy with Kristen by contacting us below or calling 314-252-0675.

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