Education and Experience
Kristin Snowden is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#81413) who specializes in addiction recovery, intimacy disorders, attachment theory, and betrayal trauma. She currently runs a private practice and is an adjunct therapist and psychoeducator at Avalon Malibu, a treatment center for substance abuse and mental health disorders. She is a writer and webinar host with Sex and Relationship Healing.com. Previous to that, Kristin ran and helped develop the first dually-focused drug and sex addiction treatment program in the world (The Substance Abuse and Intimacy Disorders (SAID) Program at Promises Malibu).
Kristin received an honors undergraduate degree from University of Southern California. She went on to receive her Master’s degree in Psychology from Chapman University. She has worked on military bases, in public schools, and in long-term residential treatment for diverse racial and socioeconomic populations. She has extensive experience working with individuals, couples, groups, and families in the field of substance abuse, trauma, and mental health disorders.
While Kristin loves to work with a gamut of treatment issues, she has a passion for working with recovering addicts and couples/individuals who are healing from betrayal. She is trained and experienced in LGBTQQ affirmative therapy and is also comfortable with incorporating religious or spirituality concepts, where appropriate (if client requests).
There are a number of benefits from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, and creative blocks. Simply put: It is often helpful to have someone on the "outside" looking in. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Often clients are unable to identify certain patterns or themes on their own and a therapist can assist with that process. People find counselors can be an asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.