Hi, I’m Kristin! I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, but you might also call me a sounding-board, a safe place to spill it all, and a relationship-healer. I’m also a pet lover and a veterinary social worker, an encourager, a reminder to not be so hard on yourself.

Who I help:

 I work with individuals, couples, and pet owners.

I help people who are feeling stuck – in anxiety, in depression, with their life, their relationships – who want things to get better, to feel better, who can see the direction they want to move in but can’t seem to get there.

I help people who have been doing their very best to quiet the worries, push through the depression, save their relationship, understand themselves, manage difficult situations in their life. Even with how hard they are trying, they aren’t feeling better and often are flat out exhausted and frustrated by that. Or they feel motivated and energized to make changes, but don’t know where to start or how to channel all that change energy.

If you’re feeling this way, I’d like to help.

How I help:

I help individuals listen to themselves, discover strategies and tools, and find their inner strength and self-compassion so that when their old familiar problem rears it’s ugly head they can confidently say “I’ve got this.”.

I help couples learn how to catch the “misses” in their communication, have a deeper understanding of what their partner is trying to say, to heal wounds both old and newer.

For my pet owners I help them know that they aren’t crazy for how much their pet means to them, for the care they are willing to give, and for the devastation they feel when their pet is gone.

I know from my own struggles with life and relationships (with people and with pets) that it can be hard to go it alone, and having support can make all the difference of getting over that hump (or mountain) that seemed impossibly impassable on my own.

I believe:

I believe that life can be really hard sometimes, and that talking about it can help.
I believe we could all do better at being kinder to ourselves.
I believe people deserve laughter, people who love them, and a place to rest.
I believe you are not alone in how you are feeling right now.

I believe we argue with our partner so intensely because we want them to be there for us, to understand us.
I believe not nagging your partner is hard, but is possible.
I believe my husband is my favorite person and also who can drive me the craziest.
I believe you are doing your best to try to tell you partner what you need from them.

I believe when a pet dies it breaks your heart wide open.
I believe that a pet is more than just an animal – they have a special place in our hearts and lives.
I believe my dog is the cutest in the world, and I believe you believe your dog is too 🙂

I believe that this thing standing in your way is something we can overcome together.
I believe there is a path of out of where you are feeling stuck.
I believe that therapy can be scary to start, but more often than not you’ll get something out of it.
I believe that not every therapist is the right fit for every person.
I believe my job is to be in this with you and help you find your way out of it.

I believe the people (especially you) deserve to be heard and understood.
I hope you reach out to schedule a phone consult to see how I can support you.

My Education & Training:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW: License number 149.015128)
  • MA, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
  • BA, Goshen College
  • Externship & Core Skills Training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples
  • Certificate in Veterinary Social Work (VSW-CP) from the University of Tennessee 
  • Dog Behavior Fundamentals & Essentials Training course at CanineLink (now FetchFind)

News and Podcasts:

Podcast on Pets Mean Business“Bringing Clinical Training to the Problem of Special Needs Pets”

Publications:

The Future of Compassion Fatigue Education: Working Partnerships with Mental Health Professionals.
Kristin Buller, Jessica Dolce.  The IAABC Journal, Published online: October 1 2016.
 
Experiences of veterinarians in clinical behavior practice: A mixed-methods study.
 Kelly C. Ballantyne, Kristin Buller. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and ResearchVol. 10Issue 5p376–383