I am so glad that you are thinking about therapy! I hope that you will be able to find the help that you are looking for. My name is Kristen Gardenhire and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW #65689) with an extensive background in counseling. I attended Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo as an undergraduate and the University of California Los Angeles as a graduate student where I received a masters in social work. I then went on to obtain my clinical license in social work.
I am an adjunct lecturer at the University of Southern California where I enjoy teaching graduate students. I also supervise beginning therapists who are obtaining hours towards their clinical license. My Christian faith is paramount to guiding my clinical practice while respecting each client's individual journey. I understand that the obstacles that occur impact everything in our lives including; our relationships, work, and our faith. I use an integrative mix of experiential, psychodynamic, attachment focused, relational, and person centered techniques in my work with clients.
I believe in the power of counseling and all the benefits that it produces. I am extremely collaborative in my approach with clients, I want therapy to meet your needs. I work hard to provide a warm, empathetic, and genuine space for my clients to share their lives. I am extremely passionate about clients experiencing freedom and restoration through the therapeutic process.