“I couldn’t be here without my community. I could be in a much different mental state if it weren’t for those relationships, and I am so grateful for that. When I see other people struggling who don’t have the support I had—who have just as much potential, if not more, than I had—I know that those connections are really important. When you can see that change in patients you’re caring for—when they have that support—you can see their hope developing in front of you. I think that’s one of the most rewarding things.”
In all of us exists a fundamental desire to connect with one another, to be heard and to hear, to share our experiences, and to move through the journey of life with others. This drive to connect has a powerful healing quality. The restorative attribute of connection is a cornerstone of Kristin’s practice. She has lived this truth and now works to share it with others. Our communities and relationships are profoundly important to our wellbeing and mental health.
Kristin approaches her role in her patient’s care as simply a part of a much bigger puzzle: she is a guide and an option-maker. Her philosophy of care is centered around whole-person healing. She learns about a person’s unique situation before making recommendations, then develops a treatment plan that truly addresses the individual. She considers the intersection of the mind, the body, the spirit, and the community when making recommendations. Crucial to this approach is the agency and involvement of the people she serves. She leaves her ego at the door and strives to empower her patients to actualize their own healing, supporting them in their pursuit of mental health through education, collaboration, and support.
Kristin believes that every interaction we have with each other affects our mental health, and if we could fully understand the depth of that impact, the world would take mental health more seriously. Whether she is serving patients with substance use disorders, career challenges, chronic conditions, depression and anxiety, or severe mental illnesses, her goal remains the same—to provide assistance with these goals in a manner that reflects each person’s uniqueness. She stepped into private practice because she recognized how fragmented the industry of mental healthcare can be and how easily people get lost navigating the increasingly bureaucratic and complicated world of modern psychiatric care. In private practice she can serve as a waypoint to all members of the community.
Doctorate of Nursing Practice - University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Bachelors of Science in Nursing - University of Minnesota Twin Cities