My name is Kristen Tomczyszyn and I’m a native Texan, who grew up in small towns across West Texas. I developed an interest in therapy after working for the American Cancer Society in Austin, TX following my college graduation. I enjoyed supporting individuals through the complex emotions of their diagnoses. This experience led me to seek an MA in Counseling from St. Edward’s University in Austin. Following graduation, I began volunteering with Capital Area Counseling in East Austin and saw private practice clients with Austin Family Counseling in Westlake. I have been working in private practice since 2012. I moved to San Marcos in 2014 to work with young adults and college students. I love the energy of San Marcos and, of course, the river!
I began my own therapy as a teenager, where I learned to better understand myself and my experiences. I returned to therapy in college and found that having a space carved out each week for myself increased my wellbeing, interpersonal skills and relationships. Let's face it, there are certain experiences that we need to talk about with someone, but are hard to share with our friends and family.
My approach to therapy is one of collaboration and respect. I do not claim to be an expert on how another individual should live his or her life. Instead, I see therapy as a joint effort between the therapist and client to create a space that is authentic and honest, requiring courage and vulnerability at times. I attempt to challenge clients and their current way of thinking that may be causing problems in the moment. I also strive to help clients treat themselves with more compassion and love. I believe that the relationship formed between the therapist and client is the most important aspect of the therapeutic process.
My clients often express that I am easy to talk to, easy to trust.