Congratulations on taking the first step toward healing, growth, and building a life worth celebrating. Whether you are looking for therapy for yourself, your adolescent child, marriage, or family, I recognize how difficult it may be to take this first step. Sometimes it can be the hardest part. But let’s face it, we all have times in our lives when we need a little extra support and help to find our way. I believe it is a sign of strength to recognize this and take steps toward a greater sense of health and well-being.
I’m Kristen Chrisenbery, LMFT
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy. I maintain a private practice in Folsom, California.
I have a masters degree in counselor education with a specialty in marriage and family therapy from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. I have over fifteen years experience as a therapist working with clients of all ages and with a variety of presenting problems. Among my areas of expertise are working with adolescents and their families, helping parents develop better relationships and minimize conflict with their teenage and young adult children, treating depression, anxiety disorders, marital issues, step-parenting/blended family issues, stress management, and helping people deal with difficult life transitions such as divorce, job changes, and grief/loss.
I am a member of the California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists.
Therapeutic Philosophy and Approach
I am passionate about what I do and feel it is a privilege when a client chooses to partner with me in their therapeutic process. I believe in the healing power of therapy and the critical role that the therapeutic relationship plays in facilitating growth and change. I believe a therapist needs to be the “right fit” for a client in order for that client to get the most out of their time in therapy. I strive to create a warm and nonjudgmental environment where clients feel free to express themselves and work toward their goals. I would describe my counseling style as warm, casual, and down to earth.
I am interactive and strengths-based in my approach to therapy. I provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address life challenges. I utilize interventions from the following therapeutic approaches; cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, narrative, humanistic/client-centered, and family systems theory. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
Areas of Focus
I specialize in working with adolescent and adult individuals, families, and couples in the following areas:
- Healing for depression and anxiety including:
- Panic disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Therapy for teens and young adults dealing with life stressors, school, behavioral, relationship and emotional issues
- Family counseling/conflict resolution
- Family counseling for step-parents and blended families
- Couples counseling/relationship issues
- Pre-marital counseling using the Prepare Enrich program
- Parenting support for parents of children of all ages
- Work and career issues
- Stress management/work-life balance
- Self-esteem issues
- Life transitions such as divorce, grief/loss, and job changes
- Personal growth issues
- Establishing healthy boundaries
- Individual Therapy
Therapy is about change
Sometimes change occurs as a result of having someone listen to us non judgmentally and help us gain a better understanding of ourselves and our thoughts/feelings. Sometimes it is a result of changing long-standing patterns of thinking or behaving thus leading to increased feelings of happiness, peace, and security. Individual therapy can be a very effective way of increasing self-awareness and beginning to consciously create the life you want.
Typically, when working with individual clients I see them weekly for 50 minute sessions. During the first session I will do an assessment which involves listening to what brought you into therapy, discovering a little about your history and who you are, and working together with you to set goals for treatment. The pace of therapy is always set by you. Often I work together with clients to design homework they can work on between sessions to accelerate their progress. Periodically, we review goals and progress to adjust our treatment plan and determine appropriate interventions.
Therapy for Teens & Families
Adolescence and young adulthood are very challenging times in life. The stress on today’s youth can feel overwhelming for both the teen and their parents. Navigating through these challenges is confusing and at times very trying. Sometimes getting help from someone outside the family/friend circle can provide some much needed insight and direction. I am skilled at engaging teens and am happy to work with you to find ways to get your teen interested in creating change in their lives and relationships. When working with teens, I like to involve parents as much as possible when appropriate. Few things set a child up for success in school and life more than positive relationships with family.
Few things in life bring as much fulfillment as our relationships. Isn’t life much richer when we share it with someone we love and trust? We all know that relationships also have the potential to bring much discontent and strife when they aren’t going well. Couples counseling is aimed at meeting each couples’ needs, whether it’s understanding and resolving conflicts, improving the relationship, communicating better, negotiating differences, problem solving or learning to argue in a healthier way. Sometimes the need is simply finding a way to rejoin after becoming separated within the relationship. When working with couples, I aim to create a neutral atmosphere focused on improving communication and coping skills to bring a greater level of intimacy and relationship satisfaction.
Rates & Payment
- $125 per 45 minute session
- $150 per 60 minute session
- $200 per 60 minute mental health intake session
Cash or check accepted for payment.
- I am currently paneled with the following insurance plans:
- APS Healthcare
- Beech Street
- Blue Shield of California
- If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified me at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.
Privacy & Confidentiality
Your privacy is important to me and is protected by Federal and State Laws as well as Professional Ethics. The matter of privacy and ethics is also the corner stone and foundation of trust in our relationship. However, there are some legal exceptions to confidentiality; where I would be bound by law and ethics to take steps to protect you or another individual.
These exceptions include:
1) Where there is a reasonable suspicion of child abuse/neglect or elder adult abuse/neglect
2) Where there is a reasonable suspicion that you may present a danger of violence to others
3) Where there is a reasonable suspicion that you are likely to harm yourself unless protective measures are taken
4) Where I am served a subpoena to testify about your case
5) Where there is a need for me to report to a third party (such as an insurance company) in order to receive payment
Please feel free to ask any questions about your right to privacy and confidentiality.
Additionally, anything you transmit over my website is highly secure, and stored data is HIPAA compliant.
Please fill out the New Client Intake Form and the Confidentiality Form and bring to your first session.
If you would like me to coordinate care with another professional (e.g., your psychiatrist, primary care physician, etc.), please complete the applicable release of information form below: