Kristen Gardenhire, LCSW

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About Me 
I'm so glad that you are considering therapy. I hope to provide you with the help and healing that you are looking for.  I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW #65689) with an extensive background in counseling and mental health. I attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo as an undergraduate where I focused on psychology. I then attended the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) as a graduate student where I received her masters in social work (MSW).  
I have an array of different experiences and I have worked with a diverse set of clients. I have experience working with young children, teens, and adults. I have worked in a variety of community settings including group homes, out patient clinics, and home based services with diverse populations. I am currently an adjunct lecturer at the University of Southern California (USC) where I enjoy educating students who will go on to become clinicians themselves. 
Therapeutic Style 
I hope that you will find that my therapeutic style is warm and engaging. My Christian faith is paramount to guiding my clinical practice. I am comfortable incorporating faith and spirituality as part of therapy for clients that would like this. I also recognize that every client has a unique journey. I have experience in many areas including; trauma, sexual abuse, abuse from childhood, depression, anxiety, anger issues, spiritual or faith issues, stress, self esteem, grief, adjustment, emerging adulthood, teens, young children, relational issues, and many more. I am trained and certified in several evidenced based practices including: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Managing and Adapting Practice, and Seeking Safety. I  also have experience with EMDR, Prolonged Exposure, and Restoration therapy. I use an eclectic mix of  psychodynamic, cognitive behavorial therapy, experiential, attachment focused, relational, and person centered techniques in her therapy.

Benefits of Coming to Therapy
I believe in the power of therapy and all the psychological, emotional, physical, and spiritual benefits it provides. I believe that therapy is a dynamic process in which the client and therapist work on a collaborative level. I provide a warm, honest, genuine space for clients to share what is truly going on. I believe that each client is unique and has their own journey into wholeness. I have seen clients improve their relationships, improve their mood, be able to manage feelings, and go on to live happy and whole lives. I love watching clients experience relief and ultimately restoration during their time in therapy.

Kristen Gardenhire Reaches

Santa Monica CA