Kristin Avicolli, LCSW

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There are times when life becomes overwhelming due to a new addition to your family, career change, marriage, difficulties with pregnancy or motherhood, infertility or other relationship changes. You may be experiencing feelings of sadness, worry or frustration.  Our work together will focus on supporting and inspiring you, while empowering you to achieve your goals.    


My Approach: Therapy is a journey of self discovery. My approach is collaborative, supportive,intuitive and interactive.  I focus on your strengths and your life experience. You decide what you want to work on and I help you get clarity. Whether you have specific goals in mind, or simply need a supportive space to process a life change, we will work together to bring about the change you desire.


My Experience: 
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience helping individuals, families, adults, and teens work through the challenges that prevent them from living the healthy and purposeful life they desire. I earned my Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1998.
 
My Specialties:
* Depression/Anxiety
When we are depressed, we feel hopeless, and unable to enjoy the things we most love in life. When we are anxious, we have trouble staying in the present and we worry about the past or think about the worst case scenario happening in the future.  I draw from cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative and mindfulness based approaches. I believe we all have an innate ability to heal when we tap into our strengths and change the negative perceptions of ourselves and the world around us.
 
* Chronic Health Conditions
Managing a chronic health condition is a full time job and often can feel all consuming. There are ways to improve medication adherence and coping. I have extensive experience working in medical settings with a variety of chronic conditions, including type 1 and type 2 diabetes. 
 
* Teen school and relationship issues
 Do you have a stressed out pre-teen or middle school child? Are they suffering from school anxiety or
peer issues?  I can help them navigate the complicated world of pre-adolescence. The hormones are raging and they may have stomach aches, headaches due to emotional issues. Sometimes they don't have the words
to communicate their feelings and I am flexible in my approach. My approach is to help them tune into their emotions and increase coping skills.

 
* Women's Issues
Are you ready to find yourself again? As women we nurture our family first and often have a difficult time caring for ourselves. If you are feeling lost, experiencing post-partum depression, infertility or relationship stress, you are not alone. Invest in yourself for once and come in for brief solution-focused therapy or the longer process of looking into your family of origin. Invest in yourself. You are worth it.
 
* Life Transitions
If you are trying to decide what you want to do with your life, you are not alone. On average, people change jobs at least 12 times. I will work with you to sort out your ambivalence, fears and help you get clarity on the direction you want to go. This therapy may be brief and solution-focused if this is your main goal. My specialty in this area is with women trying to determine if and when to get back in the work world, when they have been out due to being home raising children.  This work is fun and energizing.
 
How do I know if this is right for me?

I understand if you need more information or want to talk before your first appointment. Please call or e-mail me and we can figure out if I am the right fit for you-  925.268-0912

I respect and honor your time. You and I together will determine to best course of treatment for your needs. Therapy may be long-term or you may benefit from brief therapy where in just a few sessions you are making big strides.  
             
I am working with a great group of professionals at Comprehensive Wellness (across from John Muir Medical Center). You can book an appointment on-line @ www.comprehensivewellness.org or by phone. My hours are flexible, so if you do not see an opening that fits your schedule, please e-mail me and we will find a time that works.
 
I am happy to e-mail or talk with you prior to the appointment. 
 
Best,
 
Kristin 

  
 


Kristin Avicolli Reaches

Pleasant Hill CA