My name is Kristen Hamilton and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. I graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2012.
Over the past 10 years, my professional experiences have been driven by my passion for working with children, youth, families and adults. I have worked in a wide range of settings and populations, including hospital, community and private practice.
I am passionate about helping youth and adults identify and overcome the obstacles that prevent them from reaching their full potential. I seek to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for youth and adults to explore patterns and beliefs that may be hindering them from making meaningful changes in their lives. Together, we can explore and process the impact past wounds and relationships may be having on your sense of self and your relationships. Through processing and beginning to challenge these beliefs, I seek to help my clients feel more empowered and confident in establishing and maintaining their relationship with themselves and others.
In my work with clients, I use components of person-centred theory, attachment theory, family systems theory, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), mindfulness and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).
WHY did I become a therapist?
A lot of people think being a therapist is just listening to people’s problems all day. To me, therapy is so much more than this. I have known that therapy was to be my path since I was 14 years old and found myself sitting on my own therapist’s couch. I struggled with depression and chronic pain, which made it incredibly difficult for me to go to school, focus and stay motivated. My therapist provided me a safe space to explore healthy coping strategies whilst validating my pain and modelling self-compassion. As time progressed, my mood improved and we started exploring other areas that are so important to teenage and young adult development, like the importance of having healthy boundaries, healthy communication and healthy attachments. It became very clear to me that, like my own therapist, I wanted to spend my own time and energy helping youth and adults find their way and overcome barriers that impede them from a more meaningful life. This is why I do what I do and I love it!
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