Kristie is a Licensed Professional Counselor, with a Master's Degree in Counseling from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor's in Business Management from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. She has been in practice since 2011, previously working at a community counseling center in Gonzales, Louisiana before relocating back to Dallas. Prior to becoming a counselor, she worked in the Higher Education field. After seeing first hand the barriers that prevent individuals from achieving their goals, she realized she wanted to help people overcome those and went back to school to get her Master's Degree. Kristie is trained to help with clients that struggle with overwhelming emotion and personality disorders. She also utilizes her training in Prepare and Enrich, the Gottman Method and other experience to provide couples counseling.
Kristie is passionate about her volunteer work surrounding the topic of human trafficking. She works in the community to provide education and awareness, as well as, directly with survivors of human trafficking. She also serves as the Assistant Silent Auction Chair for the Annual Faces of Hope Gala which directly supports a safe housing and treatment program for survivors.
Kristie enjoys working with adults, adolescents, children, families and couples. She has experience working with a variety of treatment issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual abuse, cutting, life adjustment issues, gender/identity, substance abuse, relationships, family and other areas. Kristie also has a background in competitive sports and coaching, and enjoys working with athletes on issues unique to them. She has experience treating the LGBTQ community.
A unique skill set that Kristie brings to therapy is the use of her dog, Java Fun Pup, in session for pet-assisted therapy. Java is a poodle-chihuahua mix who provides stability for those with anxiety related disorders including PTSD and helps children and teens adjust to the therapy process.
Kristie is a Certified EMDR Therapist by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and has co-authored an EMDR training manual with Executive Director, Kendhal Herrera. Kristie provides continuing education to therapists on topics relating to EMDR and trauma as well as the business of running a private practice. At LSU, Kristie served as the Vice President of Membership of Chi Sigma Iota, the Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society. Kristie is a member of "100 Women of Lake Highlands," a group dedicated to positive and meaningful impact in the community through support of local nonprofits.