Kristen Serchen is a psychotherapist with a thriving interest in helping people build a life worth living. She is committed to providing a safe therapeutic space for clients to process their strengths and limitations, while also helping them create meaningful change.
Kristen enjoys working with individuals who feel stuck as if they have nowhere to turn. She specializes in working with: anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, impulsive behaviors, substance use, suicidality, relationship conflict, exploring gender expression and sexuality, and everyday life stressors.
Kristen’s approach to therapy is a hybrid of skill building/coaching and traditional talk therapy. She believes in the power of changing our thoughts to improve our emotions and behaviors. She incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Motivational Interviewing principles to help clients reach their goals.
If you’re searching for a therapist who will help you overcome obstacles and guide you to a path of healing, then Kristen may be the right match for you. She will work with you to discover what is interfering with your having the life you want.
Kristen completed her Master of Science in Social Work with an emphasis in direct practice and mental and behavioral health at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
She has completed her postgraduate education in Substance Abuse Counseling at Fox Valley Technical College.
Kristen is currently licensed as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) in the state of Wisconsin. She continues to engage in professional development to enhance the quality and complexity of her work with clients.
Alongside her work at Hillary Counseling, Kristen maintains a full-time position as a Psychological Associate with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, where her primary role is to provide individual and group therapy to incarcerated females. Throughout her professional career, she has worked with both men and women struggling with severe and persistent mental illness, substance use, crisis intervention, domestic violence, and case management.
Kristen Serchen, LCSW, CSAC
316 N. Milwaukee Street, Suite 401
Milwaukee, WI 53202
- Impulsive behaviors (i.e. self-harm, aggression, binge eating, gambling)
- Substance use and recovery
- Adjustment disorders
- Emotion regulation
- Trauma responses
- Attention and concentration difficulties
- Stress management
- Bipolar Disorder
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Other reasons you might seek my support would be to:
- Be challenged and consider alternative perspectives
- Develop and practice effective self-care and coping strategies
- Learn and feel confident in setting boundaries and asserting yourself
- Safely leave unhealthy relationships
- Build resilience and be able to overcome difficult life changes
- Develop congruency in who you are as a professional and as a person
- Better understand the importance of mind and body connection