Krystina

Krystina Marie Jones-Norvell, AMFT
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
AMFT 103704

Supervised by:
Danae Powers, LMFT
LMFT 52528

Language: English

THERAPY FOCUS
• Play Therapy
• Parenting
• Family Communication
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Behavioral Concerns

THERAPY SERVICES OFFERED

Play Therapy Sessions
For children ages 4-12
Dyadic play therapy for children and their caregiver(s) ages 0-3

Family Sessions
For you and a loved one (e.g., family or household member) who desire to come together in working toward a common goal

Individual Sessions
For adolescents and adults of all ages

BIO
Krystina is passionate about providing child-centered play therapy and dyadic play therapy to children and their families who are struggling with behavioral problems and/or adverse childhood experiences.

Krystina completed a twelve-month practicum at Aveson Charter Schools in Alta Dena, California as a Marriage and Family Therapy Trainee where she provided individual, family and group therapy to school aged children, adolescents, and their families. Many of these clients experienced behavioral challenges related to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and/or trauma-related behaviors, such as suicidal ideation and self-harm.

Krystina then worked for 15 months at South Coast Community Services (specialty community mental health) providing field-based community mental health services to children, adolescents, and their families, including crisis intervention and stabilization services.

Currently, she is also employed at Social Model Recovery Systems, Inc. in Covina, California, providing treatment for adults experiencing co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.

CLINICAL EDUCATION
• Master of Science, Marital and Family Therapy

Purpose of Therapy
Therapy provides a safe space for you to share your burden with another person, find support, and help you uncover strengths and resources.

How I Can Help
We are broken in relationship; thus, we heal in relationship. Through a supportive relationship, I strive to provide a safe space for you to process thoughts, feelings, and experiences that may block your access to your best self. Whether you struggle as a parent, a spouse, or just as a human being, we can work together to help you find your path out of suffering and into hope.

My Approach to Helping
Play is crucial to a child’s mental health. For children, play is their first language. It is through play that children express their needs, process their experiences, and practice skills necessary to function in “the real world.” Often, parents/caregivers are doing everything they can just to get their families through to the next day and the child’s natural expression can grow quiet, even silenced, in the need to survive. The therapeutic environment allows the child and caregiver to reunite, reconnect, and recapture the freedom of expression.

Sometimes, older children, teens, and young adults prefer other ways of getting in touch with their “playful” aspects of self. My favorite part of co-traveling with you is discovering your unique therapy “language”: the activities, conversations, and processes to support you during your journey to self-discovery and healing.

My Role as Your Therapist
“Bloom where you’re planted.” My favorite quote embodies my approach to therapy. I enjoy meeting you where you are, at any given time; embracing your strengths, and helping you discover your natural inclinations toward integration and healing. I will be your cheerleader, sounding board, coach, and co-traveler. I will support you, challenge you, guide you, and learn from you.

My Therapy Approach
Every individual has unique gifts they bring to the therapy room. In order to best address the diversity in the world, I draw on a variety of theories and therapy models in order to best help you reach your goals, including child-centered play therapy for young children, dyadic/family play therapy for parents and their children, and dialectical behavioral therapy for individuals 16 and older.

Frequency of Therapy
After our initial intake session, we will usually meet once weekly for 4-6 weeks. This allows us time to develop our therapeutic relationship, discuss the most important areas of life you want to address, and focus on relieving symptoms and stabilizing emotions. After this we can discuss your progress towards meeting your treatment goals and determine if increasing time between sessions is appropriate to give you opportunities to practice what we have worked on in sessions. As you progress towards your goals, we will increase time between sessions until we end therapy.

Duration of Therapy
Ideally, therapy ends when you have met your treatment goals and feel confident you have developed skills and tools needed to provide support outside of the therapy room. However, you have the right to stop therapy at any time. You are always welcome to return for “check-ups”, booster sessions, or if stressful situations or trauma occur and you feel you need additional support.