Kristin Harkins is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) who provides individual psychotherapy, couples counseling, and family therapy to clients ages 13 and older.
Kristin received her undergraduate degree in sociology from UCLA, where she acquired insight into how social and environmental aspects of a person’s life affect their stressors, feelings, and coping mechanisms. Since completing her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of Southern California in 2001, Ms. Harkins has held a number of positions in her field.
In addition to her clinical activities, Ms. Harkins has previously held clinical supervisory positions. She has also served as an adjunctive professor at Loyola Marymount University in the Department of Specialized Programs in Professional Psychology and provided training and support to clinicians newer to the field.
In the psychotherapy that she provides, as well as in her couples counseling and family therapy, Ms. Harkins utilizes a combination of evidence-based psychotherapies and theoretical approaches. These include including cognitive-behavioral (CBT), psychodynamic, family systems, and solution-focused theories and techniques.
It is Ms. Harkins’ belief that a strong therapist-client relationship is essential to treatment. While establishing trust in an emotionally safe environment, she utilizes a strengths-based approach that builds on her clients’ innate strengths to help them achieve their goals. Ms. Harkins’ therapeutic style is supportive, empathic, and active, and she regularly teaches pragmatic skills designed to foster a sense of empowerment.
Ms. Harkins has worked in various settings with clients of all ages. She has extensive experience working with a wide range of symptoms and concerns, including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, disruptive behaviors, interpersonal challenges, partner relationship issues, and parenting challenges.