Individuals (15 years old and older)
Do you believe your mind has the power to make you unhappy? If you do, does it not also make sense that it has the power to do the opposite? My practice is influenced by my training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Couples / Relationship
We are unique in the animal kingdom in our need to form long term, intimate partnerships. Even in the best circumstances, this is a complicated endeavor.
The world we live in and our respective upbringing influence our reactions and behaviors when interacting with others, and especially so in our intimate relationships. When we are struggling in this, it can feel like we have no place of refuge in our life.
Yet when we begin living in relational health, our relationship becomes a safe harbor. Let me help you create your safe harbor.
Emotional Support Animal Letters
I do not write, sign or provide Emotional Support Animal Letters.
What kind of therapist do you want?
An important question. According to the American Psychological Association, mental health therapy can "help people of all ages live happier, healthier and more productive lives.” That seems pretty straight forward, doesn't it?
One might then ask, how do we do that? That's where our work together begins. The answer to that question is unique to each of us. My job, in part, is to work with you to find that unique answer.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Lic# 110906
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Lic#7534
Certified Relational Life Therapist
Before becoming a therapist, I served as a U.S. Air Force non-commissioned officer and worked over 20 years in corporate management, leading and mentoring others.
With this background, education, and experience as a therapist, I offer a diverse vision of communication dynamics and cognitive and emotional problem solving.
My approach to the therapeutic process is solution focused, collaborative and direct. From a foundation of empathy and compassion, I enable a safe and honest experience with an emphasis on empowerment, clarity, and intentionality.
Master of Arts in Counseling - Palo Alto University
Bachelor of Science in Business Management - The University of Phoenix
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - Specialty Training
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) - Specialty Training
Certified Relational Life Therapist - Relational Life Institute
With appointments available at accommodating times, my practice includes myself and two associate therapists. My practice offers in-person sessions for local clients and online sessions for clients located outside of Santa Cruz County.
I am in network with MediCal (CCAH, Beacon) for individuals, couples and families.
Due to failed contract negotiations, I am no longer accepting Cigna. I can provide you with a superbill if you'd like to seek reimbursement from them for out of pocket costs.
Affordable for Non-Insurance Clients
Sliding scale fees are available for low income households.
Good Faith Estimate
The No Surprises Act of 2022 mandates that if you are paying out of pocket for services, you are entitled to a good faith estimate from your healthcare provider.
AMFT- Associate Marriage & Family Therapist License #122123
CADC- Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Kristin is ready to help you explore roadblocks which may be causing you to feel anxious, depressed and sometimes hopeless.
Michelle L. Bakalarski
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist - License #134798
Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor - License #12257
Michelle's therapy style attunes to you, your experience, culture, developmental life stage, and goals.
Use of this form is for persons seeking information about therapy services only. No unsolicited sales.
Appointment Only, No Walk-Ins
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