- Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Dr. Kristy Eldredge is a faculty member in the online Master's of Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. She has her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy University and her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. She also holds a license as a Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado where she has a private practice specializing in trauma treatment and counselor education.
Dr. Eldredge is originally from Northern Michigan but has resided in Denver, Colorado since 2002. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
- Education History
Degree Institution Year B.A., Psychology Miami University, Oxford, OH 2001 M.A., Counseling Psychology University of Denver, Denver, CO 2005 Ed.D., Counselor Education and Supervision Argosy University, Denver, CO 2012
- Professional Memberships
Role Organization Member American Counseling Association Member Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Member International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation Member Colorado Counseling Association
Licensed Professional Counselor, License #4798, State of Colorado Nationally Certified Counselor, National Approved Clinical Supervisor, National EMDR Trained, Level I & II
- Community Involvement
Role Organization Conference Planning Committee Member Colorado Counseling Association Volunteer Disaster Mental Health Counselor Red Cross
- Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise Clinical Psychology / Mental Health Disaster Mental Health Post-Traumatic Growth Self-Injury Stress/Coping Trauma/PTSD Diversity Cultural Issues Diversity Issues Multicultural Training Social Justice and Advocacy PTSD/Trauma Crisis Intervention Post-Traumatic Growth Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Secondary Traumatic Stress Vicarious Trauma Violence Sexual Assault
Title Location Date The application of animal assisted therapy for complex trauma clients Denver, CO 2016 Human trafficking: What private practice counselors need to know Denver, CO 2016 I got my license, now what? Expanding on post-licensure supervision Denver, CO 2016 Supervision of complex trauma: The application of the trauma-sensitive supervision approach Long Beach, CA 2014 Post-traumatic growth: The positive side of treating trauma Denver, CO 2014 Supervising complex trauma cases: A multicultural case study Baltimore, MD 2013 Trauma Treatment, Curriculum, and Supervision: What Research Says Denver, CO 2013 Supervising complex trauma cases: A multicultural case study Denver, CO 2013 Trauma education: Meeting the 2009 CACREP standards and other key issues in counselor efficacy Park City, UT 2012 The impact of trauma-sensitive supervision on counselor self-efficacy and vicarious trauma for complex trauma cases Denver, CO 2012 Religious perspectives on the treatment of dissociative disorders Montreal, QB, Canada 2011
Eldredge, K.E. & Stretch, L.A. (2017). Dissociative Disorders from a Systems Perspective. In DSM-5® and Family SystemsNew York: Springer Publishing.
- Question and Answer
Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?
As with many mental health counselors, I was frequently told by family and friends that I was a good listener and people would turn to me in times of despair, fear, and trauma. Though this may sound simplistic, I found that I thoroughly enjoyed learning about people and what makes them think, feel, and act the way they do. More specifically, I focused my career on trauma counseling because I believe in the amazing resilience that is possible in all of us. I have felt honored to have my clients share their experiences of both trauma and resilience with me. Giving my clients a chance to be heard and experience compassion, often for the first time in their lives in incredibly rewarding.
What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?
My advice to incoming students is to document, either by journal or in a letter to yourself, the passion that is bringing you into this field. Graduate coursework is challenging, exhausting, and at times, will make you question if you can really endure the process. You can! This is an amazing, rewarding field where you can make a huge different in people's lives. Having a journal entry that you can return to in times of stress will help you stay connected with what has motivated you to come this far. Beyond this, there are few things that can be more helpful than establishing an effective time management / organization strategy!
- Professional Skills
Curriculum Development, Counselor Supervision, Trauma and Dissociation, Grief and Loss