Kristen Acciari is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing at The Holistic Heart in Warwick RI, where she is Founder & Clinical Director. Kristen takes an insight-based approach to treatment, centered around understanding the deeper meaning and messages in each individual's presenting symptoms and challenges. Together, you will examine repeating patterns to gain clearer self-understanding and work to develop new, healthier experiential habits. Kristen believes in the spiritual, creative nature of human beings, and is passionate about helping individuals align with the fullest expression of their unique gifts.
Believing in the depth of the human experience, Kristen takes much of her approach from the angle of Depth Psychology, and incorporates Jungian psychological techniques and theories such as shadow work, active imagination, and the theory of synchronicity when appropriate or desired by clients.
A long-time practitioner of yoga, Kristen completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification in 2014, and iRest Yoga Nidra Level 1 Teacher training in 2018, for additional dimensions to incorporate into her therapeutic work. Kristen pulls from her experiences and training as appropriate to meet each client where they are.
Authentic living - Making choices from an internally, rather than externally, driven space; permission to be your most authentic self regardless of others' expectations; learning to listen to and trust intuitive and somatic (felt in the body) guidance
Insight development - Helping clients gain insight and awareness into the reasons and origins of limiting thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes, as well as understanding the deeper meaning behind present experiences
Self-esteem and acceptance - Practicing presence with what is as a loving foundation for continued growth and personal development, allowing ourselves to be enough
Adverse childhood experiences - Working with clients to navigate potential repercussions of growing up with negative or turbulent experiences as a child
Connective communication - Recognizing misunderstanding as a common contributing factor in relationship challenges; helping clients examine their communication style and build communication skills that connect them with important others in their lives
Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Bipolar disorder - Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Existential issues/challenges - Questions around Self, purpose; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Life transitions - Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; relationship and career challenges
Private practice, 2012 - Present
The Groden Center, Individual, family and group therapist in Asperger's Center, 2009 - 2012
The Groden Center, Graduate internship in Asperger's Center outpatient clinical services, 2008 - 2009
Perspectives Corporation, Residential facility direct care provider, 2005 - 2009
Rhode Island College, MSW, 2009
Bryant University, BS, Business Administration: Marketing, 2006
Salve Regina, CAGS, Holistic Studies