Kristen Holbrook is a Registered Clinical Counsellor based in Coquitlam, BC. Kristen offers both individual and couples counseling in her private practice. She has specialized training in the area of trauma and has been trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). In addition to her private practice work, Kristen provides counseling to women who have experienced historical and domestic abuse in an agency setting.

In this episode we discuss relationship advice topics that include:

  • How past trauma affects how we see ourselves and our partners.
  • Why trauma does not have to be a big thing. Trauma can have an impact whenever something exceeds are ability to cope with it.
  • How trauma can come from early childhood experiences and past relationships.
  • Why self-work is important to dealing with trauma in order to improve your relationship.
  • Why it’s important that you come from a place of empathy if you’re dealing with a partner who is addressing a traumatic experience.
  • And much more!


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Kristen’s Daily Tool

Have a ritual that just the two of you can share on a daily basis.

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Advice for Newlyweds

Start couples counseling early.

Advice for Single Listeners

Do the work on yourself.

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