Kristen Langbauer, MA, MBA
I was lucky enough to have grown up on a ranch in Austin, Texas during an era where country roads and ranches still existed before being replaced by housing developments. Growing up, I spent a lot of playing outside or working hard to take care of our horses. Nowadays in my spare time, I enjoy reading, knitting, and researching genealogy.
I learned so many life skills on the ranch that I still carry with me today, such as empathy, communication, and discipline. Caring for other living creatures taught me about empathy from an early age, and I felt that my calling was not to sit behind a desk, but rather to help others. I now live in Colorado and love getting to make a positive impact on the lives of others every day.
“I believe that counseling is not giving a hand to a person sitting in the mud, it is sitting in the mud with them and getting out together.”
I began my education by earning an Associates degree in Psychology from San Antonio College. After that, I attended the University of Texas, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, and then a Masters in Business Administration. Most recently, I completed a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University.
Throughout my career, I have worked in a variety of settings, such as Healthcare, Family Law, and the Criminal/Juvenile Justice System. As a result of these experiences, I am comfortable and well-equipped to work with a variety of client needs, such as chemical dependency and support with learning disabilities. I understand every client is unique, and will collaborate with you to set goals relevant to your needs and preferences.
To best serve my clients, I use an integrative approach with an emphasis on person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, and narrative-based therapies. I believe in the power of expression through play and I am certified in both Experiential play Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
I specialize in working with those who have been impacted by trauma, divorce, addiction and substance abuse, grief and loss, parent-child relational challenges, social anxiety, adjustment issues, and reintegration. I recognize the importance of honoring the unique cultural background and personal values of the individual to facilitate empowerment and growth.
I strive to empower people to understand themselves and their situations better while at the same time providing resources for coping skills, developing healthy relationships, self-regulation, and instilling a positive self-image.
“I want my clients to feel more connected to themselves throughout this process, moving towards self awareness and self acceptance. I believe that being understood is fundamental to change, and being able to help clients not only feel better and find relief but also understand their motivations and gain insight is one of my great joys.”
I try to creatively use interventions and experiential moments when they are needed or helpful. I intentionally include mindfulness activities into most (if not all) sessions, whether that be through play, art interventions, modeling or regulation strategies offered when needed.