Professional and Educational Background
Krista DeRoche has over 15 years experience working with adolescents, adults and families in a variety of treatment settings including school based and outpatient mental health facilities, secured crisis residential placements, group homes, locations serving youth offenders, and inpatient drug and alcohol treatment centers. She also has extensive experience developing and managing community and school based mental health programs. Krista holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington State. For the past 7 years she has maintained a successful private practice in Bellingham.
Krista is compassionate, empathic, flexible, and able to work effectively with clients and families both in and out of crisis. She prefers strength based, solution focused, client-centered, and cognitive-behavioral approaches to counseling but is comfortable working within the context of other models as well. She has specialized training in Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Lifespan Integration Therapy (these two approaches specifically treat trauma). Her work focuses on supporting and empowering the youth, adults and families she serves to successfully face and overcome the challenges life may bring in ways that promote enhanced communication skills, improved relationships, improved functioning and a positive well being. She works collaboratively with those she serves and has had many successes reaching resistant and ‘stuck’ clients. The relationship Krista has with others is one of her greatest strengths; she has a great sense of humor, is down to earth, and easy to approach.
Areas of Specialization
- Trauma/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Stress and Anxiety
- Child Abuse and Neglect
- Parent-Child Conflict
- School Issues
- Adjudicated and At Risk Youth
- Oppositional and Defiant Teens
- Grief and Loss
- Social Phobia/Anxiety
- Chemical Dependency and Co-Occurring Disorders
- Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention
Krista enjoys hiking, back packing, snowboarding, traveling, walking her dog, and spending time with family and friends.
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