"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change." -Carl Rogers
Hi, my name is Kris Bryant and I help people find their reasons for living. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and certified Life Coach. I do what I do because I love to share in the human experience and to affirm that which is good, true, and beautiful. The methods and techniques I use are research-based and effective in helping people to deal with stress, make better decisions, work through difficult emotions, improve relationships, and enhance quality of life. My professional training and life experiences have prepared me to address a variety of issues and concerns for children, teens, adults, couples, and families.
My colleagues and clients describe me as warm, sensitive, and a calming presence. I welcome diversity including all body sizes, abilities, races, sexualities, genders, religions, and political values.
The goal of the first appointment is for us to become acquainted and for me to orient you to my services. I will work to create a safe, accepting environment where you and/or your family members feel validated and understood. I will also conduct an in-depth assessment of your personal/family history and your presenting problems, needs, strengths, and goals. Subsequent sessions will be focused on helping you work towards these goals, one small step at a time, with the ultimate goal of you not needing my services anymore.
I have worked in the field since 2006 and am a graduate of Southern Nazarene University (Bachelor of Science in Psychology, 2006) and the University of Central Oklahoma (Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, 2009). In addition to being an experienced clinician, I am very engaged in neighborhood, community, and social issues. I was appointed by Governor Mary Fallin to the Oklahoma Suicide Prevention Council (currently serving as co-chair) and am a member of the Wellness Now Mental Health & Addiction Recovery Workgroup for Oklahoma County.
What made you want to become a therapist?
I love to share in the human experience and to learn from people, just as they learn from me.
What do you know now that you did not know when you first started your career as a therapist?
The real therapy happens outside the office. This stuff really works when we use it, as hard as that may be sometimes. There is no substitute for living and doing, as opposed to just thinking and talking.
What is one thing that you try to teach every client?
That all emotions are valid and that their life and story are worth listening to. To give ourselves permission to feel our feelings, all of them, is what makes us fully alive.
How long does it usually take for a client to begin to experience change?
They usually feel a sense of relief and hope after the first session, but the therapeutic process can take weeks, months, or years depending on the person and situation.
I AM HERE...
...to listen, not to work miracles.
...to help you discover what you are feeling, not to make your feelings go away.
...to help you identify your options, not to decide for you.
...to discuss steps with you, not to take steps for you.
...to help you discover your own strength, not to rescue you and leave you still vulnerable.
...to help you discover that you can help yourself, not to take responsibility for you.
...to help you to choose, not to make it unnecessary for you to make difficult choices.
...to provide support for change.