Portriat of Kristen E. Nilsen

Kristen E. Nilsen

Resident in Counseling, MS, NCC

Office: Sterling

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University of Southern Maine, MS, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The College of William & Mary, BA

Year Graduated: 2018
Supervisor Name: Ms. Candice Arnold, LPC, LSATP
Supervisor License: 0701005964 Virginia
Supervisor Name: Dr. Donald Jaskulske, Psy.D, LCP
Supervisor License: 0810004210 Virginia

Kristen Nilsen, MS, NCC, Resident in Counseling is currently working towards licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is registered with the Virginia Board of counseling as a Resident in Counseling (Lic# 0704011389). Kristen provides clinical services under the supervision of Ms. Candice Arnold, LPC, LSATP (Lic# 0701005964), as well as Dr. Donald Jaskulske, Psy.D, LCP (Lic# 0810004210). As a Resident in Counseling, Kristen does not obtain or provide services on an independent basis, and she does not independently submit insurance claims.

Additional Credentials

Virginia Counseling Association
American Counseling Association
National Board of Certified Counselors

“Finding yourself is not really how it works. Your true self is right there, buried under cultural conditioning, other people's opinions, and inaccurate beliefs about who you are. It is actually returning to yourself: an unlearning, an excavation, a remembering of who you were before the world got its hands on you.” - Emily McDowell

The foundation of my counseling practice is the therapeutic alliance between client and counselor. This person-centered approach allows for positive changes to occur within the safety and security of a healthy therapeutic relationship.

My role is to be genuine and authentic, to treat you with empathy, warmth, and unconditional positive regard, and to provide you with a safe, nonjudgmental environment of acceptance to reconnect with your authentic self. Come as you are; I will meet you there.
Upon this foundation, I tailor my therapeutic interventions to the needs of individual clients. I may incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical approaches (DBT), or solution-focused work. I believe that there is no “one size fits all” counseling strategy, so I empower clients to chart their own course.
My primary areas of focus include anxiety, depression, self-acceptance, substance abuse, negative self-talk, interpersonal relationships, and trauma-informed therapy (PTSD, veteran issues, abuse). I have worked with teenagers in navigating the unique challenges and needs of this stage of life. In addition, I have experience working with adolescents and adults dealing with substance use and co-occurring disorders in both residential and outpatient treatment settings.
I graduated from University of Southern Maine with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and hold a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with a concentration in Psychology, from The College of William & Mary. In my free time, I enjoy relaxing with friends and family, going to spin class, painting, and escaping to the ocean whenever possible.

Focus of care


  • Chronic Illness
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Mood Disorders

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Medication Management
  • School Issues
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Trauma and PTSD

Client Focus


  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)
Treatment Approach

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Existential
  • Psychodynamic

  • Individuals
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