Therapist Profile

Name:
Kristi Foster, PhD
Professional Title:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Email:
Email
Location:
3301 Ocean Park Blvd Ste 209 Santa Monica, CA 90405-3230
Phone:
(310) 828-2703
License Number
LMFT48156
Practicing Since:
2004
Additional Licenses:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
I know stepping into therapy can be both anxiety provoking and hopeful. During therapy I share what I'm thinking and feeling so no one has to guess. This encourages feelings of safety and security early in the therapeutic process. It’s also important to focus on strengths and what feels good. And, in support of the science of healing, I offer cutting edge interventions (Somatic Experiencing (SE), Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and Therapeutic Touch that target the sensory and emotional systems that are the building blocks of our humanity. In other words, the work is focused on foundational human processes so that the change that is experienced is solid. I take an active, gentle, scientifically-based approach to healing and change and invite you to too. Please give me a call (310-828-2703) if you’re ready to start therapy or if you’d like to learn more.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Services
I believe it’s possible to heal the patterns that keep you from living the life you desire. Whether you’re suffering from post traumatic stress, dissociation, dissociative disorder, anxiety, relationship problems, loneliness, intimacy issues (straight or LGBTQ), concerns around pregnancy, postpartum, physical malaise, depression or something just not feeling right, the path to relief can be enhanced now. As a body-mind therapist I take a scientifically based, body-mind approach to healing work and therapy and understand that positive change happens in safe, supportive relationships. Clients commonly tell me, “This isn’t like other therapy.” And it isn’t. A client’s experience in the moment is very much a part of the way we work in therapy. It’s less about what happened this week and thoughts about a person’s history and more about the specific experience a client is having during the moment when were working together. The work is based on the understanding that it’s right here and now where our power lies. We can’t change the past, but we can heal the effects it’s having on us in the here-and-now.
Insurance
Credit Cards Accepted
None
Free Initial Consult
No
Offers Teletherapy
None

Education

Degrees
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Somatics M.A. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Somatics

Area of Specialty

Specialites:
Anxiety
Attachment Therapy
CoDependant/Adult Children of Alcoholics
Communication Skills
Couples
Depression/Clinical Depression
Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Questioning
Issues of Abuse (Abused)
Issues of Abuse (Trauma)
Individual
Other
Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
Rape Victims
Relationships
Sexual Dysfunction
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Stress
Trauma
Victims of Crime
Women's Issues
Working With Therapists

Other

Theoretical Orientation
Attachment
Humanistic/Existential
Object Relations
Psychodynamic
Somatic
Certifications
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, AEDP Level 3 clinician, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing Therapeutic Touch Practitioner
Languages Spoken
Ethnicity
Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)

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