Kristen Groos, MA, LPC, NCC

Kristen helps clients in ways that are unique to them by using a specialize counseling approach. She helps clients find healing at the root cause of their emotional pain.

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The 12 Dysfunctional Rules of the Narcissistic Family

I often work with clients who were raised by Narcissistic parents and are in significant emotional pain from the effects. Many times these children struggled with anxiety and depression. Many grow up struggling to know their worth, value their needs, and know how to use their voice. It’s painful and challenging, but there is a way out.

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How to better love yourself in 3 steps!

I’m on your side! ❤️ In couples counseling, the “patient” is the relationship, so focusing on the relationship is key. And what’s the thing we usually are working on in session?? Developing more understanding and more empathy for one another, then learning how to be kind and loving in response.❤️

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A super quick blurb on who I am, who I help, and how to get started in working with me. 🛋


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“Pandemic Fatigue” Takes a Toll on Relationships

Exhaustion, Irritability, Impatience are a few examples of "Pandemic Fatigue."

Start with giving yourself some compassion and understanding. Of course we are exhausted - First, we had to quickly get ready for something we've never experienced. Then, we had to (and continue to) adjust to this bizarre, socially distanced way of life. And we don't have a clear deadline when it will this will be over.

Read on for more suggestions on how to pause and recover.

psychologytoday.com Three suggestions for taking a pause and effectively coping.

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Some are great at getting stuff done but terrible about stopping to smell the roses. Others are better at slowing down and enjoying life and each other but struggle to get much done or meet their goals. In this video I explain a little Psychoanalytic theory on how we learn to “Be” and we learn to “Do” as kids from our parents.


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Excited to share my new work with SuperShe, an organization all about supporting and empowering women. I’m excited to teach on all things counseling, psychology, and mental health. 🛋 Come join us!

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Trying to balance everything life throws at us can often feel like a losing battle. Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day, or we don’t feel we have what it takes to tackle it all. And, if we’re being honest, this kind of anxiety can take a huge toll on our mental health. These kinds of struggles are at the forefront of our minds during Mental Health Awareness Month. If you’d like to join us in learning more about anxiety — where it comes from, how to deal with it, and more — we invite you to join a live video class with our expert, Counselor Kristen (@kristencounsels) at 2 PM EST on the SuperShe app. Let’s make mental health a permanent part of the conversation — together.
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Therapy is not for crazy people! In fact, quite the opposite. Therapy is for people to process their pain and better understand themselves so they can move forward in life. Therapists are in our corner, validating our perspective and helping us make sense of the pain we feel. Then from this point of understanding, we can find ways to make different and healthier choices. While homework and coping strategies have their place, as a Psychoanalytic Therapist, I’m focused on listening and asking questions in a certain way that help us understand your past and how it informs the present so that you can create a future you love! ❤️
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It seems that this week in particular has been really hard on clients. If you are feeling worn out, overwhelmed, stressed, or just in general feeling over it all then know that you are not alone. 😖 Therapy can be very helpful in processing the many emotions you may be feeling. Let me know if I can help. 🛋
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Lots of clients ask me what happens in therapy. It’s a little scary to reach out to a stranger and ask for help.

In the first session,(and really throughout all sessions) my first focus is to listen to you.
- How are you feeling?
- What have you been through?
- What have you tried?
- What are you scared to try?
- What are your goals?
- What’s your story?

It’s amazing how helpful it can be to share your story. It’s not only cathartic but also very helpful to better understand why you may be feeling the way you are now. As we continue working together, we put the puzzle pieces together.
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American Psychoanalytic Association

“Current psychodynamic therapy relies on the therapeutic relationship to help you explore how early attachments have led to current patterns in your life. It is also sensitive to how your subconscious is influencing your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Research suggests that it is effective for many psychological problems."

Let’s have compassion for ourselves and each other in how challenging this is. We have been out of our normal routines and isolated from others for weeks now. This is painful because it goes against our natural needs as people. Self-kindness is a helpful first step.


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Your story, how you feel, what you believe, your goals, your thoughts, feelings, experiences all needs to be heard. It’s important, and it’s important to me.
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As we grow up, we learn things about ourselves and the world by direct language, by observation, and by how we are treated. Psychoanalytic Therapy is about understanding what we’ve learned, grieving what hurts, and embracing what is true.

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Isolation can create loneliness, and it’s bad for our mental health. We need each other, and we need to connect. Some thoughts and ideas on what’s happening to us and what we can do to help lower our sense of loneliness.


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These are painful and challenging times. We don’t like being forced. We don’t like the unknown. We have such little control. What we can do is work toward staying in the moment.
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Unknown is scary, and we have a lot of unknown right now. A change in perspective can help us make it through.


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Empathy is the key to coping with social distancing and finding connection. Here are some thoughts and tips on using empathy to bond and make it through this challenging time.


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We need emotional connection now more than ever. Empathy is the key! Remember, people are feeling all kinds of emotions right now - worry, anger, sadness, etc. Try to listen well and offer support to people’s emotions.

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We are experiencing two kinds of fear during this pandemic. Here's what they are & how to overcome them.

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On the flip side of the same emotional coin as anxiety is depression.

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Psychoanalysis can help unravel the tangled mess in your mind. WATCH:

What is anxiety? And how do we stop it?
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Of course! Therapy does not mean you are crazy or weak. In fact, therapy requires courage and bravery to face what’s going on.

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You’re not alone. Contact me by email - [email protected] - to get more information.
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We often feel many ways about things. In Psychoanalytic language, this is called conflict, & it can feel stressful. Naming all that we feel helps! What are all of the things you are feeling right now?
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The lack of physical connection is so challenging. We are social beings, and we need each other.


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One day this will be over, but right now it’s really hard. Therapy can help. Contact me to get started.
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