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Kristen Alestra, LCSW

Hybrid Therapist

Kristen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated with a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University and a certificate for Violence Against Women and Children. Her experiences in the mental health field ranges in settings from: Higher Education, Residential, Alternative High School, Partial Hospitalization Programs, and Intensive Outpatient Programs.  She works primarily with adults and young adults, but has also worked with teenagers and adults of all ages. Kristen provides sessions in person at our Freehold location and virtually throughout New Jersey through our telehealth portal.

“My goals as a clinician have been consistent in centering around the inherent worth of the individual; meeting each person where they are. My hope in working together is providing a supportive, empathetic, and encouraging space.

Kristen has a therapeutic approach that is intentional, empathetic, and compassion-focused.  She has a very friendly and effusive personality.   She approaches situations with curiosity, finding the benefits in learning from herself and others.  Kristen values her clients feeling safe, seen, and heard; believing they deserve autonomy in their sessions, while balancing their personalized goals. Her specialties include Anxiety, Life Transitions, and Trauma. Kristen has additional experience and knowledge of general depression and anxiety, relationships, grief, chronic impulsivity, women’s issues, coping skills, ADHD, codependency, school issues, self-esteem, stress, substance misuse, gender identity, and crisis management . Kristen uses a variety of modalities to best match the needs of her clients, yet her most common are Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Compassion Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Mindful Based Therapy.

“An authentic alliance between client and therapist opens space for trust to develop. Earning that trust is a privilege I do not take lightly. And yet, I believe there is room for light-heartedness and humor to naturally arise in treatment.”

Contact us today to schedule with Kristen, or learn more about the best fit for your needs.