“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful parts of us.”
- David Richo

Kristin Puryear, LCSW-C (She/Her/Hers)

The Work

Kristin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has clinical experience treating children, adolescents, adults and families in a variety of settings including home-based case management, outpatient mental health clinics, and hospitals.

Kristin’s clinical specialties include: survivors of trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, mood disorders, significant life transitions and self-esteem concerns. For the past 5 years, Kristin has enjoyed incorporating equine assisted psychotherapy into her practice.

She strongly values the relationship between client and therapist, and feels that the trust developed in this relationship is a key component to driving growth and change. Kristin appreciates how challenging it can be to be vulnerable; she strives to create a safe, inclusive environment to assist clients in reaching their goals. Some of the treatment modalities Kristin utilizes include: trauma informed therapy, CBT, DBT, client/person centered therapy, somatic therapy, psychodynamic therapy, family systems therapy and mindfulness strategies.

A Little Bit More About Me--

Groups I vibe with:
LGBTQIA+ allied. Individuals and families adjusting to new or chronic illness, parents of children with special needs, veterans and veterans’ families

Preferred Populations:
Pre-teens, teens, adults, and families

Current Availability: accepting new clients

Service Platform: virtual and in-person equine-assisted psychotherapy when appropriate and available

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Bachelor of Social Work & Bachelor of Science Psychology from James Madison University
Masters of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University
PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Natural Lifemanship Trauma Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy training

The Body Keeps the Score
Trauma Stewardship
Choose Wonder over Worry: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock your Full Potential
Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling
The Love Prescription
Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience; Animals Make us Human
POTS: Together We Stand Riding the Waves of Dysautonomia

Fun Facts:

You will frequently find me enjoying time with my family and friends. Horseback riding, kayaking, hiking, paddle boarding, and attending music concerts are some of the things we enjoy together. Yoga is my favorite stress relieving activity.

Would Refer to others:
Eating Disorders, Sex Therapy, Couples Therapy, Psychosis