Kris Karge, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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Philosophy/Practice Style

Kris believes strongly in the resilience, creativity and strength inherent in everyone and sees her role as a psychotherapist as more of a guide than an expert. She honors the importance of collaboration and views therapy as a dialogue not a one-way conversation. Kris has a deep respect for the uniqueness of everyone’s personal story and recognizes the importance of building trust to allow for a deeper sharing to take place. Qualities that she brings to her therapeutic relationships include warmth, genuineness and being truly present.

Personal history and challenging life circumstances can present roadblocks to experiencing our lives to their fullest. Clarifying values and becoming more aware of thought patterns and emotions can lead to taking action steps toward a more meaningful life. Through thoughtful conversation, new possibilities and a richer story line of one’s life can be revealed.


Kris has 30 years of professional experience working in a variety of mental health settings, including over 14 years in a full-time psychotherapy practice. She utilizes narrative, psychodynamic, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) approaches in her work and is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization), a mind/body intervention for working through trauma.

  • Families with Adolescents or Young Adults
  • Young Adults
  • Parenting Issues with Adopted Children
  • Women’s Issues
  • Divorce and Blended Family Issues
  • Eating Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • LGBTQ issues


  • B.A. 1977, SUNY, Albany, New York
  • M.S.W. 1983, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California


When not working, Kris enjoys playing guitar and singing, going out to hear live music, dance and theater, reading and movies, travel and enjoying the great outdoors in most seasons (ice and single digit weather excluded!). She is very happy to be near the lake for her new practice where she can take walks, bike or x-country ski right out the door!

Educational Consulting

In addition to Kris’s psychotherapy practice, she provides educational and therapeutic placement consulting services through New Chapter Consulting. She specializes in helping families find schools and treatment programs around the country. New Chapter serves adolescents and young adults with a variety of issues including learning differences, spectrum disorders, psychiatric and behavioral problems, and substance abuse. Through extensive travel touring programs and professional networking she is able to provide a comprehensive overview of the options that are available.