Kristen Butler MSW, LICSW, GMHS

Make the first step towards a better you.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and certified Geriatric Mental Health Specialist. My journey in serving adults, older adults, families and children began in 2004 when I graduated from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

My career path has taken me to inpatient and outpatient mental health care, hospital social work and provision of services for families in crisis. I have enjoyed providing specialized care services for elders in skilled nursing facilities, residential treatment centers and home therapy. I’ve worked with adults and younger adults, teens and children.

I engage in both evidenced-based treatment and creative therapies that include art, music, and mindfulness. I love providing services for cultural clients and clients with special needs. My experience includes working with clients who are challenged by acute and chronic medical and brain conditions. I’ve worked closely with psychiatric and medical providers to achieve improved functioning.

I’ve had the honor of serving our most deserving military clients and their families. I have supported clients in recovery from domestic violence, complex women’s issues, and challenges for blended families. I enjoy working with both women and men to support improved mental health outcomes.

My Philosophy and Modalities

It is said that each person has a physician within. I believe it is quite possible for a person to develop emotional resilience and achieve healthy change. You are the expert for your own growth and I honor your process.

Negative states such as depression and anxiety and anger can be replaced with more positive mind-body connection and increased enjoyment of life. It is possible to release negative cognitions and build self-awareness to improve relationship with oneself and others. One can improve attachment styles, form healthy boundaries, increase self-empowerment and change negative core beliefs.

Forming new cognitive pathways in the brain can develop healthy habits to replace negative behavior cycles. This can occur through focus on skill-building or a more experiential approach; or a combination of the two. I have witnessed clients healing from destructive patterns to find increased freedom, a sense of more wellness, even full acceptance and joy.

I tend to be humanistic, client-centered and experiential. My modalities include Family Systems, Cognitive and Cognitive Behavior therapies, Positive Psychology, Internal Family Systems, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Therapy. I always want to bring out client innate strengths to improve wellness.

I strive to support my clients in moving closer to living life fully and in present time with increased joy and a sense of hope in recovery. I believe emotional resilience and being more adaptive to life changes can occur through development of healthy coping skills and increased positive self-reflection.

Outside of therapy I enjoy: clinical research, cooking with fresh foods and herbs, gardening, and healthy movement and exercise.

Every client I have worked with has been of the utmost importance to me. This is my calling and I am honored and blessed to be able to work with you. The movement toward emotional healing begins with an intention. Whether you are new to therapy or continuing on your path of recovery, please rest assured I will do my best to be a supportive presence as you move toward a higher level of wellness.

My Specialties

PTSD and trauma recovery, life transitions, special-needs families, caregiver support, adult survivors of abuse, cultural needs, employment and scholastic pursuits and challenges, stress and coping skills development, identity development and self-esteem work.