Kristal McKinney, MSW, LICSW
In the process of being human, there can be suffering. Whether in experiencing trauma, stress, habituation or uncertainty, it's not uncommon for lives to become unraveled and/or unmanageable. My great passion is in bringing support, and restoration to people who are struggling with life's challenges. Through compassion, and coaching, I assist my adult clients, and their families, to give voice to their feelings and emotions, as a way toward effective coping, self worth/acceptance, personal values, communication, healthy relationships, recovery, regulated mood, inner peace, and overall wellbeing.
I'm trained in a range of modalities including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Prolonged Exposure techniques, and Relational therapy, all of which I ground in mind/body philosophy. While I most often use a combination of therapeutic approaches, my primary focus is in establishing a relationship of comfort, and trust with the clients I serve.
My educational background includes a Masters in Social Work, and a BA in International Business, from the University of Washington. Prior to my 13 years as a psychotherapist, I worked for many years in the financial services industry, and have come to view this part of my experience as an important training ground to my current work. I also view my varied roles in service to others, as a gift, and a reward. I bring a "toolbox" of life experiences to my work with clients, in a way that allows me to provide a validating, reflective, and focused approach to problem solving, and gaining access to overall wellbeing.