503-746-3373

Krista Barringer

Professional Counselor Associate

Waitlist – BCBS, OHP, Cigna, or direct payment ($125/session)

Krista is passionate about helping children, adolescents, and families navigate and heal through all of the difficulties and transitions that life brings us. She approaches therapy with a trauma-informed lens and an understanding that we are all a part of larger systems- within society, our family units, and within ourselves. Because of this, she draws inspiration from Internal Family Systems, Narrative Therapy, Play Therapy, Emotion- Focused Therapy, and a loose framework from Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. As a certified yoga teacher for both children and adults, Krista also places a heavy emphasis on the mind-body connection, meaning that you can expect mindfulness, grounding, and other somatic exercises in some of your sessions. She has worked with clients ranging from age 2-18 years old with a specialization in trauma but also has experience working with neurodiversity, complex grief, anxiety, depression, family transitions, and gender and sexual identity. In session, Krista will hold a non-judgemental space for clients, allowing them to feel, play, and talk through what they need in that moment; your therapy sessions will be collaborative and evolving as y’all grow your therapeutic relationship. Her belief is that children and adolescents have the power within themselves to find peace amidst chaos, they might just need some guidance and a safe space to feel through the intensity of the chaos. Her aim is for your sessions to be that space.

Krista holds a Master of Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Auburn University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a focus on child development from St. Edward’s University. Her graduate coursework and clinical training prepared her to be a trauma-informed therapist that is able to remain regulated and calm. Her undergraduate coursework gave her a baseline understanding of the development in children, which she believes is a crucial aspect in therapy. Krista believes she is better able to guide clients with an understanding of their neurological development and how that relates to their emotional, social, and cultural world. Outside of therapy, Krista enjoys practicing yoga, tending to her plants, reading, trying all the fun vegan restaurants with her husband, and hiking with their little family of 2 dogs!

7346 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213

1235 SE Morrison St Suite 200
Portland, OR 97213

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