Kristina de Bree is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with a private practice in Valencia, California.
She is certified in a technique called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is an EMDR approved consultant, allowing her to train other therapists. Her personal experience with a lifelong progressive genetic disease spurred a deep desire to work with others living with the effects of medical or sexual trauma.
During her own time in therapy, she struggled to find treatments that both addressed and alleviated her symptoms. Through her education and experience helping trauma survivors, Kristina understands how deeply trauma can affect life ongoing, both emotionally and physically.
Her goal has always been to provide the kind of treatment and relief she herself could not find through traditional talk therapy.
I dream of a world in which trauma is not a triggering word, a stuck state of mind or a place of shame, but instead met with understanding, compassion, and normalization. I dream of society being more kind to those struggling and for answers to be transparent, available and accessible.
Kristina utilizes psychotherapy to help individuals maintain and develop healthy interpersonal and professional relationships, set and achieve goals, and foster personal growth. Kristina specializes in trauma and trauma related disorders, with a special interest in sexual and medical trauma. As a certified EMDR therapist, Kristina helps individuals work through unprocessed memories and symptoms that can stem from distressing life events.
As a psychotherapist and EMDRIA certified therapist and approved consultant, Kristina offers case consultation and consultation for certification for EMDR therapists. Additionally Kristina provides consultation for film-makers, pharmaceutical companies, individuals and various organizations providing expertise to enhance performance, wellness, and success through comprehensive case analysis, one-on-one training,coaching, and organizational planning.
With more than 20 years of speaking experience, Kristina inspires, entertains, and educates her audiences through blending personal storytelling, professional training and expertise, as well as her experience living with a chronic and terminal illness. For many years she has been invited to speak as an ambassador for the Cystic Fibrosis community, sharing her own story and experiences with medical trauma and chronic illness. She has a particular skill for storytelling in such a way that universalizes her unique experiences, allowing her audience to feel seen and understood, even when their experiences differ from hers. She has been a motivational, informative, and keynote speaker for audiences in the entertainment, medical, and non-profit industries.
(Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy) Kristina is an EMDRIA approved consultant, meaning she is certified at the highest level to both practice and teach EMDR. This therapy uses a standard protocol, which can easily be combined with a variety of other therapeutic techniques, to reduce the distress that comes with painful memories, strengthen positive beliefs about the self and quell the body’s stress response. The combination of tactics work to rewire neural pathways in the brain and alleviate trauma responses. It was through her own experience with EMDR that Kristina came to find a modality that addressed her personal traumas in a way that finally brought some relief. In addition to psychotherapy, Kristina is places an emphasis on reaching and educating other practitioners who wish to implement EMDR into their own practices.
Sexual & Medical Trauma:
While Kristina has a wide range of knowledge on various types of trauma, she has two subspecialties in her practice, working with individuals faced with (1) sexual trauma and/or (2) medical trauma. Kristina’s therapeutic approach to trauma is a natural fit for someone with her training, expertise, experience and medical background. Her keen insight to the physical and emotional impact of trauma allows her to develop connection and insight with her clients as they unravel their own stories, and begin to build their own toolkit for mental wellness.
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