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Kristina Kukla, LLMSW

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Your story matters.

Your story is important, and I’m here to listen. I find deep fulfillment in connecting with others and getting to know you on a personal level, remembering the little details that make you unique.

I believe that everyone’s experiences shape who they are, and I am dedicated to providing a safe, non-judgmental space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

From a young age, I’ve been passionate about helping others navigate life’s challenges. This passion, combined with my interest in mental health and trauma, led me to pursue a career in therapy. I am committed to making a positive impact in the lives of my clients and empowering them to create meaningful change.

I believe in the power of therapy and the therapeutic relationship to facilitate growth and healing. In our sessions, we will work together to understand your unique experiences and create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs, goals, and desires.

Therapy is a collaborative process, and I am here to support you every step of the way. My goal is to create a supportive and inclusive environment where you can feel comfortable exploring your innermost thoughts and feelings. You are not alone in your journey, and I am here to help you navigate life’s challenges with compassion and understanding.

I look forward to meeting you and being a part of your journey towards healing and personal growth. Remember, you are deserving of support and understanding, and I am here to provide that for you.

EDUCATION

  • BA, Central Michigan University
  • Master of Social Work, University of Denver
  • Currently a Ph.D candidate in Mind-Body Medicine, Saybrook University
    • Expected 2025

WORKS WITH

  • Children (8-12 years old)
  • Teens (13-19 years old)
  • Young Adults (20-29 years old)
  • Adults (30-45 years old)

TYPES OF THERAPY

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
    • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Person-Centered Therapy
"Kristina is extremely kindhearted and genuine. Very easy to talk to, you never feel like she’s judging you or making decisions for you. You feel like you're a real partner in therapy."
"She has a strong background working with those affected by domestic violence and really knows how to connect well with this population. Kristina is so passionate about helping people, especially women, feel empowered in tough situations."
“Compassionate and a very good listener! Kristina has a natural way of making you feel heard and understood. You can tell that she really cares about people and she’s in the right field.”

It’s completely normal to be nervous about starting therapy. Starting therapy for the first time can be a scary experience, but I’m here to help ease your nerves. One of the best ways to move past your fear of starting therapy is to figure out exactly why you’re nervous, and we can do that together!

There is no need to rush the process. In the first appointment, we can simply get to know each other and you can ask me whatever questions you have. Most people find me to be laid-back and casual, and I think it’s because I don’t put any pressure on individuals to do therapy in any particular way. There is no right or wrong way to do therapy. I’m here to help you figure out what would be most helpful for you. I’m flexible and we can go at your pace.

Above all, I believe people find wellness by acknowledging, allowing, accepting, and processing their feelings and emotions, no matter how big or small. It’s important that we all practice self-compassion and understand that healing isn’t linear. I would love to talk about what healing and wellness looks like for you. Remember that you matter and you deserve to live a life of freedom and fulfillment.

FAVORITE SELF-CARE

Self-care is a necessity in my life. I’ve learned that taking time for myself isn’t selfish; it’s essential for my well-being. It’s about finding those little moments in the day to recharge and reset, whether it’s through exercise, meditation, or simply enjoying nature. These practices help me stay grounded and ready to face whatever comes my way. While I don’t have a favorite, I find that incorporating a variety of self-care activities keeps me balanced and rejuvenated.

FUN FACTS

  • I love to travel and explore the outdoors, soaking in the beauty of nature.
  • TikTok is my favorite app ever created. I love that it’s such a creative outlet for people. I could scroll for hours if I had the time.
  • I’m an avid reader and enjoy getting lost in a good book, especially mysteries and thrillers.
  • I have a deep love for animals, which is evident in my home. I have three dogs named Koko, Gigi, and Nala, along with two rabbits, Poppy and Toffee. Growing up, I practically had my own little petting zoo, surrounded by all sorts of furry friends.

LIFE MOTTO

It’s so cliche, but “this too shall pass” are words I live by. I have it tattooed on my arm as a reminder that whatever difficult situation we are currently going through in life, it is temporary and it will change. Hope is always possible.