My name is Kristen C. Dew and I am a therapist in Monroe, CT. I feel honored and privileged every day to help people work through struggles and see growth and change. From the second you walk into my office, my focus is on understanding what you need and helping you to grow. I think everyone is resourceful and resilient but there are blocks that prevent us from using those strengths. You already have what it takes to make change in your life and relationships, but sometimes need guidance to get there. Everyone struggles, life is hard, and there is no instruction manual.
I believe that relationships are powerful in our lives. I will help you to grow your support network so you feel more connected and understood by the people you care about.
In my office, you are free to fully express yourself. I welcome anyone who adheres to or deviates from the norm- I love working with alternative relationships, non-monogamy, BDSM/kink, nerds/geeks, gamers of all kinds, vegan or vegetarians, or those with other special interests that are an important part of your world. I love diversity and I am excited to get to know you! My clients would describe me as kind, curious, passionate, silly, and helpful.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I approach problems slightly different than other mental health professionals. MFTs are trained to see problems as “systemic,” meaning that we look at all of the factors in your life that have worked together to create a problem such as you as an individual, your family, past family generations and legacies, community, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, and our society as a whole. We may not bring these topics up each week, but they are always in the back of my mind. Additionally, I always like to bring more people in your life to therapy to help work out problems together. Working in this way helps you to go deeper, get to core issues that prevent your ultimate happiness faster, practice real changes while being coached, and to have long-lasting positive results.
I am a proud graduate of the University of Connecticut! I have experience working in top agencies all over Connecticut doing outpatient therapy, working in Extended Day Treatment and Residential care, as well as in-home therapy. In the past I have also worked on a nature preserve and as a martial arts instructor. In my spare time, I love to be outdoors, do anything creative, and cook.
I absolutely LOVE being a therapist and am constantly working to be more effective at the art of therapy to help the clients who come to see me.
Exciting News! In May 2018 I began my journey to become a Certified Sex Therapist with specialized supervision and coursework.
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Here are the most recent trainings and experiences I have attended (as of 2018):
- July 20, 2018: Babies are a Family Affair! Perinatal Mood Disorders from a Systemic Perspective with Catherine McDonald, LPC and Jennifer Badeau, LMFT
- April 13, 2018: Veterans and Ethics Seminar with Dr. Sebastian Perumbilly, LMFT presenting “Understanding and Applying Core-Competencies for Clinical Work with Military Service Members, Veterans and Families” and Robert Madden, LCSW, JD presenting “Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Practice.”
- March 22-25, 2018: Psychotherapy Networker Conference in Washington D.C.
- What Really Heals and Awakens (keynote) – Jack Kornfield (Buddhist monk and clinical psychologist)
- Harnessing the Power of Emotion (full day) – Sue Johnson (creator of Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy)
- The Future of Modern Love (keynote) – Ester Perel (LMFT who is leading the field of Sex Therapy and author of Mating in Captivity)
- The New Science of Couples and Family Therapy (luncheon address) – John and Julie Gottman (world-famous researchers and therapists on what makes couple relationships work)
- Learning from Affairs (Full day) – Esther Perel (day-long training)
- Reflections on the Therapist’s Journey (keynote) – Irvin Yalom (receiving a lifetime achievement award for more than a half century of work on helping therapists and clients connect on a deeper level, author of Love’s Executioner and The Gift of Therapy)
- Maintaining the Heart and Soul of Therapy – Irvin Yalom and Sue Johnson
- Feb 10, 2018: Sexually Diverse Populations in Therapy: LGBTQ+, BDSM, and Non-Monogamous Relationships (full day) – Lecture and participant panel speakers