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Grief and Trauma Specialist

I am a Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC) in California, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Washington State, and a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. 


I specialize in helping teens and adults heal from trauma and loss. In life, we can't experience love or life transitions without also experiencing loss, but sometimes our grief feels overwhelming and we can become stuck, unable to move forward in ways that feel more positive. I provide a warm, person-centered approach to therapy and together we can begin the healing process and help you rediscover what brings meaning to your life.


I also have experience in counseling individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, stress, family conflict, and adjustment, identity, and relationship issues. My approach to therapy is both eclectic and relational, and includes training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Informed Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Contemporary Gestalt training.

MY CREDENTIALS

ASSOCIATE PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL COUNSELOR (APCC) - LOS ANGELES CA *

Associate under Jeffrey Bornstein, MS, LPCC. Currently providing Telehealth therapy to California clients with plans to return to in-person sessions when it becomes possible.

THERAPIST - NEW VISION COUNSELING - BELLEVUE WA

I am part of a group practice and continue to provide Telehealth therapy to Washington State residents.

CLINICIAN, CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES - SOUND - BELLEVUE WA

I worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families to provide school and office-based counseling and case management. I offered parent support and family counseling, as well as group therapy for teens in the community.

COUNSELING INTERN - YWCA - LYNNWOOD WA

I provided counseling for economically disadvantaged women healing from trauma. I led several community groups promoting wellness and improved mental health.

TRAINING

  • The Grief Recovery Method

  • Grief Training: A Certification Training on Evidence-Based Approaches To Care Across the Lifespan

  • Finding Meaning, The Sixth Stage of Grief

  • Trauma Research Foundation's Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies (currently enrolled)

  • Attachment, Trauma, and Psychotherapy: Neural Integration as a Pathway to Resilience and Well-Being

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Certificate Course

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children & Adolescents Certificate Course

  • Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction

LICENSES

  • California- APCC 7918

  • Washington- LMHC- LH60964213

EDUCATION

  • MAEd in Counseling, Seattle University

  • Bachelors in Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • California Association for Professional Clinical Counselors (CALPCC)

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)

  • National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

Kristi Dechairo Ahern, LMHC, APCC

Counseling & Psychotherapy

323-364-2041

4620 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

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