Kristy Kahl, MS
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Many of my clients come to counseling hoping to learn quick ways to improve anxiety, depression, relationship problems and simply, to feel more like themselves again. Through the therapeutic process, they often find they are able to experience emotions in healthier ways, challenge themselves, feel closer to loved ones and be more confident, fulfilled and just plain happier. I am grateful to be a part of this process. I am passionate about my role as a counselor, and aim to help you through life’s challenges, collaboratively, and with a genuine, understanding and informal style that hopefully allows you to feel truly heard, accepted and inspired to make changes. Therapy can be an instrumental tool in helping you make meaningful, lasting improvements to your life and relationships, so I encourage you to reach out and take that first step!
Teen and Family Counseling
Whether it’s social media, relationships, academic pressures or tragedy, teens and young adults face many new challenges. With over twelve years of experience working with this age group, I can help your teen cope with these challenges, make positive and healthy choices, improve self-confidence, as well as lessen conflict and improve relationships in your family. I have extensive experience with some of the most severe behavioral and emotional issues many teenagers struggle to overcome. I also have experience helping young people improve symptoms of anxiety and stress, depression, relationship and family problems, emotion regulation, academic concerns, self-confidence and coping. I love working with people of this age, as it’s such a significant and memorable place in life.
I also specialize in working with adults to help improve daily stress and anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, and life changes. Therapy can be extremely helpful in not only breaking free from stuck, negative patterns, but also in helping you to accept and fully embrace who you are. I enjoy working with adults, and have years of experience helping people improve anxiety and depression, cope with divorce/separation, grief and loss, adjustment to parenting or marriage, and school/career changes, among other concerns. Life can feel overwhelming, exhausting, and as if no matter how hard you try, you just can’t get it all right. Often the lack of trying isn’t the problem, but how we try, as our best efforts sometimes only exacerbate the problem. By helping you learn to cope with and overcome negative and anxious thoughts, difficult emotions and unhelpful relationship and communication patterns in different ways, you will be able to make positive and lasting changes to improve your life and relationships.
Individual Relationship Counseling
I work with individuals wanting to improve their relationships or who are going through or considering separation. Whether your partner is unwilling to come to couples counseling, you prefer to work on issues yourself first, or you’re already doing couples counseling and need a little extra support individually, I can help! With advanced training in couples counseling, I can help you address the core of your problems, help you understand yourself and your partner on a deeper emotional level, and help you to change negative communication patterns and improve intimacy. It is possible to make positive changes in your relationship, even without your partner present. And if you’re going through separation or divorce, I can help you find peace and healing through this process, while also addressing the negative patterns in your past relationship so they don’t repeat themselves in your next.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Wisconsin – Madison
Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy from University of Wisconsin – Stout
Clinical Member of American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Certificate in Adolescent Mental Health from University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy through advanced training from PESI
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BCBS MN & WI/Anthem, Health Partners, Cigna, Preferred One, WPS, WEA Trust, MultiPlan
I can help clients through their out of network benefits as well if I am not a provider for their network.