Kristy Gerschefske, lcsw, RYT-200
Nelson Mandela once said “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” I applaud you for coming this far in your search for help. It is not always easy to ask for help and it takes courage to admit that something may be beyond your ability to deal with alone.
Many people seek out therapy for many different reasons. I believe the most effective therapists are the ones who develop a collaborative relationship with their clients, allowing the client to determine their goals while offering gentle guidance and support in search of those goals.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of Texas and California, with a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver and a B.S. in Family Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. I have experience helping individuals of all ages, families, adolescents, children, and couples gain the skills needed to become better versions of themselves. I am trained in and comfortable utilizing many different therapeutic techniques. This allows me the ability to pull from any of those techniques in order to best meet your needs in the moment.
In addition, I am a Registered Yoga Teacher, 200 hr level, through Yoga Alliance and regularly incorporate my knowledge of yoga into therapy sessions, as appropriate*. Clients have found that by using simple yoga breathing techniques, grounding exercises, and simple yoga postures, they are more relaxed during session and able to more clearly articulate issues and incorporate outcomes of sessions into their daily lives. For those with anxiety/panic, depression, PTSD, and other related mental health issues, clients have expressed that incorporating yoga has allowed their symptoms to lessen more quickly and more completely than with just psychotherapy alone.
Therapy begins with the relationship between the therapist and the client. If you believe we may be a good fit and would like to ask additional questions or schedule an initial session, please contact me for a complimentary phone consultation via the contact form or by phone at 817-888-8322. I look forward to hearing from you!
*Per Yoga Alliance guidelines: Yoga, in this context, is not used to diagnose, treat or cure medical or mental health issues or illnesses. I am not trained as, nor am I holding myself out as, a "yoga therapist". I am a trained and registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) and therefore yoga is solely used as a supplement within my psychotherapy practice and to my training as a Clinical Social Worker. Any diagnosis or treatment received is done within the scope of my LCSW license, not my RYT designation.