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  • Kristyn Halvorson AMFT

    Kristyn is a compassionate and easy-to-talk-to therapist with a strong background in counseling and a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. She holds a Master of Science in Counseling with Distinction from California State University, Northridge, where she achieved a perfect GPA of 4.00. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Child Development, Magna Cum Laude, from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with minors in Psychology and Spanish.

    Kristyn’s clinical and related experience includes serving as a Marriage and Family Therapy Trainee at PUC Nueva Esperanza Charter Academy in San Fernando, CA, where she provided individual, family, and group therapy to middle school children and their families in both Spanish and English in a charter school setting. She effectively managed a caseload of 15-20 clients while working 20 hours per week during her traineeship, providing crisis intervention for clients dealing with child abuse, suicidal ideation, self-injury, and other issues. She also completed psychosocial assessments, treatment plans, and progress notes formatted using L.A. Department of Mental Health (DMH) paperwork standards. Kristyn utilized evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), as well as creative modalities such as art therapy, music therapy, play therapy, cinematherapy, and sand tray.

    Kristyn’s experience also includes working as a Language Assistant in Spain, where she served as a mentor and educator for adolescent English as a Second Language (ESL) students. She used a multimodal teaching approach to address diverse needs and learning styles, and independently led advanced English classes for accelerated learners, incorporating project-based learning activities using interactive multimedia to develop digital literacy, teamwork, and problem-solving skills. She also collaborated with other high school teachers across curricular disciplines to enhance student learning through interdisciplinary teaching approaches.

    In addition to her clinical and educational qualifications, Kristyn is fluent in Spanish, allowing her to effectively communicate with Spanish-speaking clients and provide translation and support for non-Spanish speaking trainees. She is also certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), further demonstrating her commitment to utilizing evidence-based practices to best support her clients.

    Outside of her professional work, Kristyn enjoys knitting and incorporates creativity and self-expression into her therapeutic approach. Her compassionate nature, combined with her strong clinical skills and ability to work with diverse populations, makes her a caring and empathetic therapist who is dedicated to helping individuals, couples, and families navigate their challenges and achieve their therapeutic goals.
    Kristyn is supervised by Dr. Moreen Rubin