Kristina Gingerich, MA, tLMHC

Therapist

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 2014
LCC International University

Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling,2019
University of Northern Iowa

Specialties

Anxiety, Depression, Self-esteem, Stress-management, Adjustment to life changes, Brain Injury
Kristina Gingerich, TLMHC

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Meet Kristina

Kristina Gingerich, MA, tLMHC works with individuals age seven and up. Her primary focus areas are anxiety, depression, abuse, and adjustment issues. However, being a previously certified brain injury specialist, she also will work with physical traumas like brain injuries. In addition, she is working on training for maternal mental health.

Building the connection

Using a person-centered approach, she forms genuine connection with each individual she works with. She enjoys using her own wide range of life experiences to relate to people. Connecting with others comes naturally to Kristina and she values each connection. Similarly, she enjoys working with immigrants because she is an immigrant herself.

Providing a non-judgmental, comfortable space to connect is important to Kristina. She wants people to know they can open up to her.

A gentle approach

Therapy can be difficult. For this reason, Kristina knows the importance of being welcoming and compassionate with those she works with. She challenges existing beliefs, but does so in a way that is not shocking to the person or their system. Finding a way to go to those difficult places, but gently, has a lasting impact. She also enjoys using humor in therapy, believing it can go a long way in conversations and can be healing in and of itself.

Progress is made up of a lot of small steps

Kristina loves seeing individuals recognize something about themselves and gain insights through therapy. Similarly, witnessing them take big steps in their life to overcome those challenges is the most rewarding part of her job.

Progress in therapy does not always happen very quickly, so she makes a point to celebrate the small victories. For example, someone being vulnerable with themselves and others is something worth celebrating. She believes that even small changes are effective in therapy. It’s these smaller steps that go a long way.

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Mental Health Tips From Kristina

Offering Support Suicidal Ideation
Parenting and Kids
Kristina Gingerich, MA, TLMHC

Offering Support For Suicidal Ideation

Suicide is in no one’s go-to method of dealing with a problem, so if they are experiencing suicidal ideation, chances are that they tried their best to come up with other solutions and haven’t been able to.

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PTSD after storm
Overcoming Trauma
Kristina Gingerich, MA, TLMHC

Living Life in Spite of PTSD

Your brain is doing what it is wired to do: protect you from life-threatening danger. The brain does a marvelous job helping your body to react quickly and know to fight, run, or freeze when needing to escape a threat. The trick is — how often are we in situations where we need to run for our lives? On a day-to-day basis, probably not very often.

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