I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist-Supervisor, a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, a Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor, and an Internationally Credentialed Sandtray Therapist. I served as the 2016 Treasurer for the Houston Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (HAMFT), 2017 President-Elect, the 2018 President, and the 2019 Past-President for HAMFT. During my time serving on the board for HAMFT, I was the key leader in formally incorporating the association as a 501c6.
I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in 1997 and earned a Master of Arts Degree in Family Therapy from the University of Houston- Clear Lake in 2001. I also acquired my teacher certification in Early Childhood through 6th Grade and English as a Second Language in 2010.
I have over 20 years of experience working in clinical settings. For 12 years, I worked for a nonprofit organization that specializes in children & adolescents. Before starting my private practice, I worked as a contract therapist at a private group practice in Spring, Texas.
I grew up in Houston, attended high school in El Segundo, California, went to college in Austin, Texas and currently live in Spring, Texas. I grew up with biological parents, stepparents and three brothers. I am happily married to a man who brought two children to our marriage, and I have a biological daughter who is half Japanese (and fluent in the language).
I am very respectful of all cultures and keenly aware that each person and family I work with is the expert on their lives.
I am Christian, but work with all faiths.
Leading a balanced life is very important to me. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, exercising, photography, dancing, reading, traveling, and writing.
I am part of the following organizations, and am constantly pursuing training that will enhance my skill set.
Houston Association for Marriage & Family Therapy
International Association for Sandtray Therapy
Sam Houston Association for Play Therapy
Texas Association for Play Therapy
American Association for Play Therapy
Kristi Patterson, MA, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S, ICST