As a dedicated Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern under the supervision of Julie Hanson, LCPC, LCMFT, Kristen Hovatter brings a wealth of experience and a profound commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of those struggling with mental health and relationship challenges . She is currently completing her master’s degree at Northcentral University.
With a distinguished 18-year career in the military, Kristen developed a deep understanding of the complex psychological struggles and generational trauma that service members and their families often face. This firsthand knowledge has fueled her passion for suicide prevention and commitment to helping individuals, couples and families strengthen their mental and emotion health. She is a certified safeTALK trainer.
In her pursuit of clinical excellence, Kristen is also learning the foundations of DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), Emotionally Focused Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. These evidence-based approaches help address the underlying emotional needs of individuals and couples to foster healing and cultivate the skills needed for resilience. Kristen uses a common sense approach to help individuals, couples and families find creative solutions to communication problems and conflict resolution challenges.
Kristen is deeply committed to providing an inclusive and affirming space for LGBTQIA+ individuals and communities, respecting and celebrating the diverse identities and experiences of all clients. She believes that every person has the right to pursue and receive the support needed to improve mental health and wellbeing, and that no one should face judgment or discrimination for seeking that help. Kristen is Wiccan, and was raised in an Episcopal household. Today, she follows the wheel of the year and also celebrates Christian holidays with her family
In her spare time she loves Broadway musicals and baking cupcakes!