My name is Krys. I identify as a CIS, bisexual female and use She/Her pronouns
If someone had told me years ago that today I would be sitting in front of my computer writing a profile to tell clients who were coming to me for mental health services about myself, I would have had a hard time believing it. The fact is, I never set out to be a social worker or a therapist. My plan was to be a preschool teacher. I loved working with the kids in my class. I loved to watch them grow and learn and to discover new things… also, and maybe this goes without saying, but naptime is kind of the best. My background is in early childhood education; however, I want to assure my clients that I do have experience working with adults and that I am excited to be here.
Through a series of extremely fortunate events that started in my preschool classroom, I landed a job at an agency that worked to keep kids out of foster care. We worked with high needs family who faced having their children removed by the court, homelessness, unemployment, and many other serious challenges. I did a little bit of everything from helping to clean homes, to attending court to advocating for a client with a school. After a few years, and some truly life changing experiences, I decided to complete a degree in Social Work. I completed my first degree at K-State and completed Grad school at KU. Not only has this led me to a career I absolutely love, but it also creates somewhat of an identify crisis when I watch KSU and KU play against each other.
Currently, I live in Topeka with my husband and our two cats. Speaking of which, if we get the chance to video chat, you may see one or both since they love to make appearances when I am working. Don’t worry though, they are very good at keeping information confidential. That is to say, I maintain very strict confidentially since I do work at home.
In my full-time job, I work at a CMHC with kids ages 3 – 18 and their families. Over the years, I have developed specialties in working on ADHD behaviors, Autism, Anxiety, Depression, Communication and LGBTQIA+ issues – especially trans – identifying individuals who are transitioning. My therapy style is extremely client-centered meaning that I believe the most important part of therapy is developing a good professional relationship and rapport with a client and that after that relationship is established, the hard work becomes easier.
I am very much looking forward to supporting you on your journey towards better mental health!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Parenting issues
- Self esteem
Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Eating disorders , Career difficulties , Depression , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Adoption and Foster Care , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , Blended Family Issues , Body Image , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Co-morbidity , Communication Problems , Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) , Domestic Violence , Emptiness , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Gender Dysphoria , Guilt and Shame , Impulsivity , Isolation/Loneliness , Life Purpose , Mood Disorders , Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Harm , Self-Love , Sexuality , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LSCSW #05402 (Expires: 2023-03-31)
krystal was speaking with my daughter and I could see a change in her within a few weeks...we have only been doing it one month but so far so good would def recommend
She is great! I wouldn’t want anyone else.
Krystal has been amazing it is a real relief to have someone to talk to at any given moment and checking in on me with no agenda other than my safety and welfare. I would highly recommend Krystal to anyone.
Amazing! I have a hard time connecting with people, and rarely share my innermost thoughts. Krystal messaged me frequently prior to actually having a video session together, and that made a world of difference. I highly recommend!
I have really enjoyed the time spent working with Krystal so far! I feel that she truly listens to what I’m saying and understand my point of view. In the past, I have had a very difficult time find a counselor that I am comfortable talking to, so I’m very glad that I’ve found Krystal through teen counseling. I really appreciate the check-ins between sessions. I look forward to continuing working with her!
Krystal has a very calm demeanor that allows me to pause and think through actions and thoughts without feeling judged. She also has given us tools to help us with communication, and while these tools are not second nature (or even close yet), they are practical and doable. I know with practice, they will help us to avoid misunderstandings and to show mutual respect.
Krys' kind and caring nature makes her very approachable and trustworthy . She takes the time to listen and gives insight that I never thought of before.
Krys is very flexible when scheduling sessions. She is also very thoughtful when she checks in during the week to see how I am doing.
I would be happy to recommend her to others who not only could use a listening ear, but someone who is patient, understanding, helps you see things with different perspectives and has an ability to make you feel special!
Krystal has been great! She has been very supportive, helped me through some difficult struggles. It's been nice to know she is there when I need her.