Kristen Poppert, LPC
Therapist and Owner
“When you connect to the heart of a child, everything is possible.“
I am an attachment based therapist who draws from numerous modalities including EMDR, play therapy, sand tray therapy, Internal Family Systems, TBRI, theraplay, and Narrative. I am passionate about bringing families together with interventions grounded in attachment research and neuroscience. Sessions with me are infused with humor and playfulness to create an environment that is fun, creative, and nurturing. I have a strong commitment to kids, teens, and families to reach their goals using a combination of individual and parenting work.
I believe in several key principles:
- Parenting is at its best when it is present and playful.
- Children and teens gain important emotional regulation skills when they are kept close during hard times and tough emotions are embraced.
- Kids learn best through correction not punishment.
- Lastly, we can’t lead our children to places we aren’t willing to go ourselves. This means parents have to be willing to do their own work in order to see the changes they want to see in their children.
Psychology has been my passion since my Bend High School days. I received my BS in Psychology, Child and Adolescent focused from St. Mary’s College in 2003. During college, I received a research grant to study the effectiveness of Applied Behavior Analysis programs in the treatment of children with autism. For four years, I worked with children and teens with developmental delays. In 2010, I started a psychology doctoral program where I received my MS in Clinical Psychology in 2012 from Pacific University. I left my doctoral program early to pursue my passion for therapy and leave behind school rigamarole and further debt!
My 14 year career has focused on children, teens, and families. I have presented research at national conferences on executive functioning and neuropsychological assessment measures. There have been many settings I have worked in including community mental health, a large research hospital, and a group practice in Utah. In 2017, I started Thriving Families and opened it up to a group practice in 2021. I am licensed in Oregon and Colorado.
Outside of Work
I love to be outside! On my free time, I spend time paddle boarding, skiing (alpine and nordic), hiking, biking, playing tennis, and wandering dirt paths with my toddler. I avoid cooking at all costs and enjoy having a yoga and mindfulness practice. I have a husband, son, stepson, a therapy dog named Lucy, and a cranky cat named Buckaroo.
- Adopted Children
- Bipolar Disorder
- Gender Identity
- Parenting Challenges
- Self-harm and Suicidal Behaviors