Kristen Pettit, LCSW-C

Kristen began her counseling career in 2012 as a School Counselor.  She worked as a long-term counseling substitute for Carroll County Public Schools before being offered a full time elementary counseling position with Harford County Public Schools.  She spent 5 years in the school setting, working with children in grades K-5, as well as children within the Autism program at the school.  She transitioned to the clinical/outpatient setting last year and has been working with children and adults within Carroll and Harford Counties. 

Kristen is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2004, as well as McDaniel College, earning a Master of Science in Counseling in 2012.  She received her LCPC from the State of Maryland Department of Mental Health and Hygiene in 2017.

Kristen works with children and adults, but specializes in working with children, teens, and young adults ages 5-25.  She has experience in helping clients with the following:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Grief (including pet loss)
  • Separation/Divorce
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Guilt/Shame
  • Behavior and Anger Management
  • ADHD
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Military Issues -  working through issues including TDY, deployment, and separation anxiety
  • Crisis Management and Responsive Services
  • IEP and 504 services

Kristen believes in a collaborative partnership, anchored in mutual trust and respect through a non-judgement approach.  She uses a variety of techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness practices, motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy, art and play therapy techniques, and EMDR.  She believes in being very real and providing support, empathy, humor, skills building, and truthful insights.  She is extremely passionate about working with children and helping them to realize their full potential.  While therapy can be a difficult process and take some time, Kristen believes in making it a fun journey with lasting results.

Kristen is currently going through the credentialing process and will soon be accepting new patients in our Westminster, Eldersburg and Manchester offices.