This month we are excited to welcome Kristen Quinones, LMSW to the team! Learn more about Kristen below, and look out for more therapist features in the next couple of months.
What initially inspired you to pursue a career as a therapist?
In school I always had an interest in psychology, and I enjoyed helping others. I was lucky enough to have counselors who modeled what it meant to be in a helping profession and who taught me the importance of self care and stress management. This made it clear to me that I wanted to pursue a career as a therapist.
As a therapist, what are you most passionate about?
As a therapist I am most passionate about giving clients hope and teaching them the skills to cope more effectively with life's stressors. Every person has their own powerful strengths. I feel that it is important to help clients identify with and utilize those strengths to become their best and happiest version of themselves.
What are your specialities and what drew you to them?
My specialities are working with anxiety and depression. I understand how these issues can impact one's self esteem, motivation, mood, and feelings about the future. At their worst, these symptoms can make someone feel hopeless and limit their daily functioning. As a therapist, I explain to my clients how learning certain coping skills and strategies can help them overcome these feelings of hopelessness and reduce their symptoms, improving their overall quality of life.
What makes you unique as a therapist?
When working with clients, I like to meet them where they are without imposing any judgement or agenda to the work. Goals in therapy should be a collaborative effort. I welcome clients to be honest about the way they want to work and do my best to accommodate their needs.
How would you describe your therapeutic approach?
My therapeutic approach is to provide a safe and comfortable environment for clients to process their feelings, work on personal goals, and discover the best version of themselves. I incorporate techniques from psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness practices, and self-care strategies to help clients learn coping skills and have the space to process underlying causes to mood symptoms.
Everyone needs self-care. How do you practice self-care?
My self care practices include eating balanced meals, going for walks outside, making time for good quality sleep, and meditation practices.
What is your favorite...
Quote: "If you can dream it, you can do it." - Walt Disney
Book: Harry Potter
Movie: The Wedding Singer
What is one thing that is important for anyone to know?
Don't let the stigma of mental health treatment or previous negative experiences with therapy deter you from seeking help again. Therapy should be an empowering experience for you to start the road to healing. A person is not their diagnosis, they are a person with so many strengths and qualities. Give yourself the opportunity to grow, learn, and feel better about your life. Many people are taught that success is the most important thing in life, but without good mental health, we cannot be our most successful and happy selves.
Kristen Quinones is a therapist at Cobb Psychotherapy. To schedule an appointment with her or learn more about how therapy can support you in reaching your goals, contact Cobb Psychotherapy.