Kristen Hammond, M.S.
I am so glad you are interested in therapy, and working with me.I am a pre-licensed therapist working with clients who are or who have struggled with trauma. Traumatic things happen to many of us-in fact, most of us-and it can take away our sense of self and feeling "okay" in the world. It can leave us feeling like we don't know who are are now and wondering if we will ever get back to our "old selves." I am here to tell you, with compassion, trust, and hard-work, it is very possible. As a trauma specialist, I can sit with my clients in the dark memories and feelings many often choose to avoid. It is the act of shining a loving light on these "hidden" parts of us that ultimately leads us to healing. It is said we can only meet others as deeply as we have met ourselves, and I have met myself deeply. I like to work with clients who are seeking to find themselves again after their trauma and who are eager to do the work.
I combined psychodynamic talk-therapy with somatic, or body-oriented, techniques in session. We will explore the unconscious, memories, and behavioral patterns as well as working with the messages of the body-sensations, headaches, unexplained tightness or pain. The body often tells a different story than the mind, and each deserve to be listened to. In session we will talk, stretch, dance, make art, and utilize play to explore the self. It is through working with the mind, body, and soul, that we will truly feel like royalty.
I also enjoy working with female identifying clients struggling with their sexuality. Society has created a small box of what femme sexuality can encompass, and the box is simply not big enough to hold the complexities that is sexuality. Whether it be feeling uncomfortable in your sexuality, compulsive sexual behavior, pain and discomfort, "alternative" sexual preferences, or simply figuring your preferences out, I provide a safe and non-judgmental space to explore.
I received my M.S, in Clinical Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Trauma Studies from Chestnut Hill College, where I published my dissertation, Trauma and Pole: Recreational Pole Dancing as an Adjunctive Therapeutic Activity for Trauma Survivors. I was invited back as a guest lecturer to present my findings.
I completed dual B.A. degrees from Washington College; a B.A. in Clinical and Counseling Psychology and a B.A. in Theater & Dance. I published two dissertations upon graduating; an independent research study, Trauma Resiliency Factors including Hope, Religiosity and Support Networks, and directing and analyzing Mr. Marmalade by Noah Haidle. During my undergraduate career, I also presented independent research, Is Laughter Really the Best Medicine?, to the Eastern Psychological Conference in 2013. I was also the acting sex columinst for The Elm for 2 years.