Passionate about helping people with anxiety and trauma. AMA!
UPDATE: Hey everyone! I had SO much fun doing this! Thank you all for your questions and supporting each other. I haven’t gotten to everyone yet but I assure you I will! Thank you for your patience.
Hi Everyone, I'm Cristen Chiri. I'm a licensed mental health therapist with 10 years of experience in various settings from community mental health, to private practice, to now owning my own practice - Cultivate Consciously Wellness Counseling. I've been focusing more of my energy and time lately on thinking about ways to make mental health care accessible to others, and how to help folks with anxiety and trauma not only get good care, but to feel empowered to care for their mental health. Part of my answer to this question has been to build an online therapy practice in addition to my physical practice, which I really love. I want to do this AMA to continue to destigmatize mental wellness.
My Proof: https://www.instagram.com/p/B4iO3oeg4UQ/
I love working from a mindful and person-centered perspective in therapy. I also like incorporating a lot of humor and compassion into therapy because I believe we can all use more of those in our daily lives. I believe perspective is one of the most valuable gifts in life. While one of my focuses in trauma, I also am a trauma-informed therapist which means I'm sensitive to considering you as a whole person, and how your life experiences might've contributed to your wellbeing up until now. I really like empowering my clients, providing education, and useful tools like relaxation strategies, stress management tips, to help you fulfill your hopes and dreams.
When I'm not thinking deeply about some issue related to mental health, I'm usually off trying to find an adventure with my boston terrier Winston and my husband, reading, hiking, or trying to find some rhythm on a dance floor!
Ask me anything about counseling, online counseling, anxiety, trauma, or bad dance moves!
Disclaimer: I'm not able to provide counseling thru reddit. If you'd like a free consultation, you can contact me at cultivateconsciously.com
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