Kristen Souza, LMHC

Kristen Souza, LMHC

Area of Focus:

  • Adolescents in the DJJ system, anger issues, conduct disorder, identifying family dysfunction and trauma. 
  • Women’s career and relationship issues.
  • Gaining self-confidence and learning the importance and implementation of boundaries.
  • Identifying self-worth, assertive communication techniques, and problem solving skills. 
  • Women dealing with Irritable Bowel syndrome and Anxiety.
  • Identifying trauma, somatic symptoms and irrational thoughts. 
  • Improving day to day functionality for adults and adolescents dealing with ADHD symptoms by implementing practical tools and accountability  
  • Reducing anxious symptoms including panic attacks by implementing practical coping skills, reframing irrational thoughts, identifying attachment styles and utilizing relaxation techniques

Education:

Bachelor of Science at Florida State University

Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling at Nova Southeastern University

Kristen’s Recent Articles

Professional Background

I’m a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida with over seven years of experience. The majority of my experience has been working with adolescents and young adults where I provided individual, group and family therapy. Although most of my experience has been with adolescents and younger adults, I’ve worked with all different age groups ranging from 13-72.

I’ve worked with a  wide range of issues including substance abuse disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD, conduct disorders, family dysfunction, trauma and life transitions to name a few. I especially enjoy working with anxiety and ADHD disorders and find practical coping skills to improve overall day-to-day functioning. I believe everyone has some sort of trauma to work through which is the core of most dysfunctional symptoms. 

My approach is based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, although I will meet the client where they are at with the course of treatment and consider my approach eclectic. I have extensive experience using Aggression Replacement Training (ART) with adolescents which is a 10-week, 30-hour Cognitive Behavioral group program for juvenile offenders. ART focuses on modeling pro-social skills and moral reasoning to help reduce anger issues. 

Other Publications

Quartz – Today’s mental health practices have seen the future