I’m Kristine—wife, mom, and therapist. At least I think that’s the order I’d place them. My priority these days is being a wife and mom although being a mom takes up most of my time (and almost certainly all of my energy). I have two beautiful little girls, both silly, stubborn, and sweet. Becoming a mom changed everything for me—especially becoming a mom of two. My perspective and my priorities shifted dramatically and while I still enjoyed (and enjoy) working outside of the home, I wanted to do much less of it. Being home with my girls, witnessing their milestones in person, as they happen, has become my life’s passion.
But that’s not to say I don’t have other passions. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and I enjoy working with couples and families, parents, and young adults. I love helping people navigate the complexities of relationships, prepare for and complete life transitions, and discover new and hidden aspects of themselves. I love teaching—whether it be parenting and communication skills or self-care and coping. I consider it an honor to bear witness to and travel alongside the journey of healing.
I believe in focusing on what matters, on finding what makes you feel most alive in this world and following it with abandon. I believe in putting your faith in something beyond yourself and committing to work that contributes to the healing of the world. Healing is found in helping, after all. I have found that to be true through my own pursuits as well as my clients’.
I also believe in healthy living, in being kind to your body—both what you put in and on it. I started my own clean living journey when I was preparing for my first pregnancy and while I give myself leniency at times, I try hard to at least pay attention.
My husband and I love to travel and experience new places. Staying in one place for too long creates in us a restlessness that can only be eased by planning our next trip. Though, to make things complicated, we are both complete homebodies. The first thing we do upon coming home from work—after hugging our girls—is change into our sweatpants. There’s nothing like being in the comfort of our own home.
We are busy bodies, always doing something on the side, taking on another project, planning for our future. Our current obsession involves building our dream home—a farmhouse on 3-5 acres of land. The older I get, the more I realize how much I crave, and need, the natural world. It is where I find the most inspiration, it is how I get centered, where I remember my place in this big, awesome, often terrifying world.
And lastly, central to who I am resides in where I came from. I am a third generation Californian, born and raised along the Pacific. The ocean is my happy place. Always will be. But I have been a Midwest transplant for 10 years, and I love it here too.
It’s so nice to meet you.