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Hello. I'm kristine (she/they). As an able-bodied cisgender white person, I am working to be more conscious of my privilege, and to use it to help make the world better for everyone. My ancestors came to the United States from Europe and the Middle East. I identify as a woman, a feminist, a lesbian and a queer person, someone who is now situated in the middle class, and who became a parent in midlife. I live on the sacred, yet unceded, land of the Quinnipiac people in New Haven, CT, US. I am working to better understand the marginalizations of others, and I hope to be considered an ally.
“There is a part of me that (sic) wants to give more voice to the voiceless, make the invisible more visible, bring the periphery to the centre.”
I'm an author, IFS therapist, and professor. As an IFS therapist, I guide people in creating and maintaining relationships between their Self and parts (parts who have valuable messages for us, but who often need to be befriended and updated if they are stuck in the past, if not also unburdened), as well as among their parts.
As a result of doing the work, we can better attune to and 'be with' our parts, rather than 'be' our parts; we are then able to react less -- and to respond more.
So my own intent to give more voice to the voiceless occurs in our external worlds as I work toward social justice; my intent to give more voice to the voiceless also occurs in our inner worlds as I guide people to invite greater mutual communication with their parts, and therefore become more relational with their parts.
Clients I enjoy working with include therapists, parents, teens, and adults of all ages from early adulthood to late adulthood.
I have completed IFS Level 1, Level 2, & Level 3 trainings, and I have served as an IFS Level 1 Program Assistant to help others learn IFS while attending to their own parts.
I have also completed IFS workshops on Self-Led Grief, Somatic IFS, and Working with Chronic Firefighters, along with Nonviolent Communication workshops, as well as postdoctoral coursework at the C. G. Jung Institute in NYC. I have also served as a fellow at the Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University, earned my PhD in Lifespan Development (how the gains and losses in emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being change from womb to tomb) from the University of Nebraska, my MS in Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University (where I also serve on the Psychology faculty), and my BA in Psychology from Saint Xavier University in Chicago. You can read about my Child and Adolescent Development: A Social Justice approach book here: https://titles.cognella.com/child-and-adolescent-development-9781516593101
In addition to work, I'm fond of being with family and friends, spending time in the pottery studio, wheeling around with my bicycle, foraging for black licorice, and devouring detective novels.
If you are interested in seeing if we are a good fit, please click on 'Contact' at the top of the page so we can discuss your needs and potentially set up an initial session. Before the initial session, I suggest you consider what your intentions are for IFS work, and what is important to your parts in an IFS therapist. Our initial session will allow you to express your present struggles, strengths, and intentions while you also determine if we are a good fit.
I am not on insurance panels so I am out of network, yet if you have insurance in the state of CT, I can provide you with a monthly claim for you to submit to your insurance company for potential reimbursement after meeting any deductible you have.
I can also offer a sliding scale rate of $100 or $125 for 50 minutes, for weekly or biweekly sessions, instead of the full $150 rate. I do ask you consider paying what you can though, so others are able to benefit from the sliding scale as well.
And I am committed to social justice and doing what I can to expand access to IFS for clients ready to do IFS work. So I also offer a number of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) sessions for people who are ready to do IFS work yet who cannot pay my sliding scale fee and register with Open Path Collective. You can determine your eligibility here:
In our initial session, I will be determining the needs of your internal family system to see if we are a good fit -- and if I can match your scheduling needs with those of my own -- given I can only see a few clients at a time due to my personal responsibilities as a parent, and my other professional responsibilities as an author and professor.
If we are able to work together, we can schedule in-person and/or online appointments after our initial session. If we aren't able to work together, a directory of other IFS therapists and IFS practitioners is available at:
kristine anthis, PhD, LPCA
East of the Sun and West of the Moon, LLC