Kristin Dalzell, LAMFT, CFTP, MA Trauma-informed MHC Provider
Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Locations: Telehealth, Laurel Spring, NJ
About Kristin Dalzell
Ideal clients are wanting to process their thoughts and feelings in weekly therapy surrounding issues with any relationships topic, trauma, or recovery and how those relationships topics, traumas, or recovery challenges pertain to their relationships with themselves, the systems of relationships they are involved in, daily levels of happiness, effective communication with others, and functioning in their worlds. Clients want dignified and empathetic experiences of therapy where they are always treated with respect, actively listened and attuned into, and engage in a safe space/therapeutic alliance created by the therapist. Clients will enjoy completing integrative in-session and between-session creative therapeutic activities, engaging in relaxation and self-care techniques, and receiving feedback as well as providing feedback for therapist while actively pursuing their journeys/goals in life.
“We tell people about their effects on us. We hear people’s stories of pain and we cry with them. And when they recognize that self-hatred or despair is not them, but a problem that had become internalized, we rejoice. When Madeline told me, in a trembling voice, that, for the first time, that she understood she deserved to have a say in her life, that the internalized “voice of torture” no longer determined her every move, and told of treating herself to a local restaurant to celebrate, a tremendous pleasure stayed with me for days. I feel that pleasure again every time I pass the restaurant or revisit the memory. I’ve told Madeline what this has meant to me and our combined telling have become a combined experience that helps her fight the voice of torture and helps me in authoring my story as a therapist. Knowing that we can be on such teams makes life and work very rich, indeed.”
-Freedman & Combs, 1996, p. 288
Childhood Sexual Abuse, CSA,
Family Systems Issues
Emergence of Self after Trauma
Intimate Partner Violence
LGBTQ, Marriage and Couples Issues
Medical Trauma, PTSD
Self-Care and Relaxation
Victims of Violent Crime(s)
Education and Certifications
Pacifica Graduate Institute, The University of Arizona, and The State University of NY at Farmingdale, 15 years
Drug and Alcohol Certification in progress, 2009
Play Therapy Certification in progress, 2018
Gottman Certification in progress, 2020
Why are you passionate about providing mental healthcare?
Relationship and psychotherapy have been my passion from early childhood and from the first time I heard my parents arguing venomously with each other from my childhood room. Acceptance, life-balance, and working within systems of relationship, like-minded professionals, and the intimate world of lovers, excites me, provokes my intimate Self passions, and has been pivotal to my experience of life journey to date. Helping clients achieve meaningful changes in their lives through a non-judgmental compassionate and empathetic lens falls in line with my conceptualization for an effective therapeutic alliance and rapport with my clients that I enjoy establishing, building on, and working with.