About Kristan Baker, PsyD
Deciding to take the leap into therapy often involves a bunch of mixed thoughts and feelings: Hope and belief that things can get better; fear and skepticism that nothing will work; desire to have someone understand you; anxiety about letting down your guard to let someone in; wanting to grow and not feel stuck; feeling unsure if you want to change what already is familiar and comfortable in its own way. All of these thoughts and feelings make sense, even if they seem confusing!
Making sense of what is confusing, what is painful, what is holding you back, is such an important part of the therapy’s purpose and process. But to explore and figure these things out with the help of someone requires a deep sense of trust and safety. This is where I come in.
I am a NY-licensed psychologist with 20 years of experience helping teens and adults work through life’s challenges, to understand how the past can impact the present, and to recognize the healing power of connection and resilience. I have been trained in many treatment models, with a specialty in trauma. Through my work, I have seen how important it is to understand a person through their experiences and to tailor therapy to meet the person’s needs. There are common threads, however, to my approach. I believe what makes therapy work is that we are collaborators and partners in this journey. My goal is to create an environment where trust and a sense of safety can take root and grow. While I may take the lead at certain points, my aim is to support you in finding your way to answers, discovering what makes sense to you, and finding self confidence in your abilities to grow and tackle life’s stressors. I also believe that success is not a linear process, and I will be your support and advocate through the ups and downs of working through difficult times, trying new skills and finding those meaningful discoveries.
If you are interested in learning more, click on the button to book a free consultation call.
Areas where I can be of help:
Acute Stress & Post-traumatic Stress
Managing Life's Stressors
* NEW YORK PSYCHOLOGY LICENSE #017113 *
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"Dr. Baker has a rare gift of ever so gently (and effectively) helping you look within at the most tender place in yourself, where trauma lives. She gives you real coping tools to gradually understand and embrace your life, and heal yourself to a place of balance—that state which we all seek. I could not recommend her more highly, for whatever your journey may be."
– L. B.
"Dr. Baker is a gifted therapist, providing compassionate advice and guidance in a safe and relatable manner. I’ve been amazed at her insights, seeing things in ways I never would. She has enabled me to better understand myself, which has helped me on my journey. I trust her and her capabilities."
– M. D.
"Dr. Baker is insightful, compassionate, deeply-knowledgeable and incredibly patient. Her depth of experience in trauma, mood disorders, depression and anxiety has been a beacon of light in the darkest periods of my life. Dr. Baker’s ability to hold the difficult spaces, to be a container for the unknown and guide someone to safe shores is a gift. I recommend her services without hesitation."
– C. S.