Kristi Spence is a licensed marriage and family therapist – candidate. She provides mental health counseling to clients in Broken Arrow and the Tulsa metro area.
Do you find yourself awake at night wondering “is my marriage is going to make it?” Are you worried and frustrated that your child hasn’t “outgrown” problematic behaviors you thought would be long gone by now? What about you? Are you struggling, and I mean really struggling? Do you wonder if you’ll ever be happy again? Are you tired of worry and anxiety straining your relationships, causing you to yell at your kids, or getting in the way of you enjoying life?
Relationships are hard. Parenting is hard. Life is hard.
If you can relate to any of these things, you are not alone. Many people—no, EVERYONE struggles with relationship stress, parenting difficulties, and/ or feelings of depression and anxiety at least some time in their lives. I’m so thankful that you are here reading this because it means that you are considering allowing me to help you carry the heavyweight on your shoulders.
I might be the right mental health counselor for you if you are:
- struggling with anxiety or depression
- having panic attacks
- noticing a pattern of dysfunctional romantic relationships in your life
- wanting to bond with foster or adopted children
- struggling to connect with your children or teenagers
- experiencing dysfunctional family dynamics
- having behavioral or emotional difficulties with your children
- experience poor communication with your spouse
- constantly fighting with your spouse
- working through infidelity
- fighting to save your marriage
- deciding if you want to be in your marriage
- struggling with job stress
- having difficulties co-parenting with your ex
- a new mother or father
- grieving a loss
Hi. I’m Kristi Spence.
I provide mental health counseling to help clients find the tools they need to create and experience a change in their lives, even when change seems impossible, all while offering unconditional compassion. No one knows your strengths and weakness like you do, and I’m here to offer you kindness in the face of your anger, gentleness in the face of your fear, and warmth in the face of your shame.
How do I work?
In the counseling room, I’d like to come alongside you and help you create goals that are meaningful. Every mental health therapy session is unique – tailored to your strengths and your needs. I want to get your feedback on how you feel therapy is going so we can make adjustments that will help you feel better and more confident about being able to handle the hard things of life. If we work together, you can expect to feel heard, understood, and also challenged. I used Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Prepare and Enrich couples therapy, the Gottman approach to couples counseling, and Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy.
While you may be feeling completely lost, I have hope and confidence that I can help you “do the next right thing” in your relationships and in your life until you notice changes. Are you ready to take the next step to begin finding your path again?
What kind of issues do I treat?
I am passionate about counseling couples in crisis, parents who are having behavioral and emotional difficulties with their children, and new mothers dealing with postpartum depression. I have experience providing mental health therapy with children, adolescents, adults, individuals, couples, and families.
On a personal note:
The most important thing “about me” is that I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I will be happy to incorporate spirituality into therapy as much or as little as you want. And I will, of course, see clients of all faiths and backgrounds and honor who you are and what you believe.
I’m ready to hear from you!
So if you’re feeling stuck, overwhelmed, and burdened, I invite you to call and schedule an appointment or 30-minute free consultation. Wherever you land on your readiness to begin therapy, I’m ready to hear from you! Blessings to you and your family!
“Life is not what it’s supposed to be. It’s what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.” –Virginia Satir
More about Kristi:
Kristi Spence, LMFT-C has experience at the Wings of Hope domestic violence shelter, at a primary care clinic in which she provided mental health therapy to clients experiencing mental health and medical problems, and at the Center for Family Services. Kristi also has specialized training as a Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator, a Prepare and Enrich couples counseling facilitator, Active Parenting: First Five Years, Active Parenting: 4th Addition, Active Parenting of Teens, Filial Family Therapy, and in trauma treatment.
She completed her Master’s Degree in Human Development and Family Science with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Oklahoma State University. She has completed her licensing exam and is currently completing her supervised clinical hours required to be independently licensed. Her primary supervisor is Jordan Holmes, LMFT at Refuge Counseling. Her secondary supervisor is Christina Parks, LPC-S and Dr. Melissa Leedy, Ph.D. at Legacy Counseling Services, PLLC.