Kristen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in working with adolescents and their families. She obtained her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Central Connecticut State University and has advanced training in TFCBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), IFS (Internal Family Systems), and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy). Before joining Walker’s, Kristen worked in as a clinician in an outpatient clinic, as well as in a middle and high school. She transitioned to residential life as a therapist, and then a clinical director, of a therapeutic group home for adolescent females. Additionally, she has experience working with people experiencing homelessness and young adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Kristen is passionate about working with adolescents who have experienced trauma, are experiencing school related stress, LGBTQIA+ related issues/concerns, family difficulties, anxiety, depression, complex mental illness, suicidal ideation, those involved in DMST (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking), and those engaging in injurious behaviors. Prior to becoming a therapist, Kristen received a B.S. in Marine Science from Eckerd College, M.S. in Geology from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in Geoscience from UConn. She was a professor of Geoscience at UConn and conducted research across the global, which led to multiple publications and presentations. A desire to work more in depth with students led to a change in careers. Kristen is thrilled to return to an academic setting to provide mental health support to students.
The moment I stepped onto campus for my interview, I immediately felt welcome. Everyone was friendly and wanting to help. I love that Walker’s is an inclusive environment that supports and strengthens young girls+ in a holistic way and the focus on learning, as well as social justice and inclusion, is so important to me.
The students and their genuine excitement for being here. Everyone — students, faculty, administrators, and staff— are all so welcoming.
The view from my office window! I get to see the lawn behind Beaver Brook and everyone hanging out in the Adirondack chairs on nice days.
All of my science classes! I have always loved learning, especially in fields that are continuously changing and encourage thinking outside the box and challenging the “norms.”
I love spending time with my dog, attending music concerts, and watching soccer, especially the US Women’s National Team!