Counseling & Therapy
SHAPE® welcomes therapists and counselors who understand the value of size-diversity and the effects of diet-culture on a body, mind, and spirit to join our resource collective. Browse through the biographies below to find someone that work s for you.
Krista Handfield, LCSW, Therapist
Krista works from a client-centered, holistic perspective, and uses the Health at Every Size® approach (HAES). She works with diverse individuals and couples who are seeking non-judgmental, culturally competent, radically inclusive care. Krista is a weight-inclusive, body-accepting practitioner, which means she accepts you, in your body, as it is today, and that health is available at every size. HAES® is an evidenced-based, size-affirmative, weight-neutral approach to health and acceptance for all. She is the founder of SHAPEcenteRI.com, this online resource.
Krista is certified in trauma-informed care. She works with people to overcome the affects of
body/size/weight based bullying, social isolation, and discrimination, including adolescents & young adults, LGBTQQI, and people living in different sized bodies.
Krista manages the Size-Inclusive Health Care initiative at Thundermist health Center and provides therapy to Thundermist patients. Size-inclusive Health Care was implemented to address the impact of weight stigma on a person’s health, independent of their weight, and its' goal is to provide the highest quality of care to EVERY body.
Thundermist's Size-inclusive Health Program and make an appointment to see a body accepting provider and Krista. If you are already a patient of Thundermist, you can request to see Krista right away.
Emily Kindschy, LCSW
Hi there! My name is Emily Kindschy and I am a body positive, trauma-informed clinician that enjoys supporting clients through a therapeutic relationship that is honest, authentic, and compassionate. I believe that as the client, you are the expert on yourself and by building a strong therapeutic foundation, we can utilize that expertise to help you meet your goals.
I have experience working with adolescents and adults who have experienced trauma both in an outpatient setting and in enhanced outpatient services. I believe that when we experience trauma -- whether one incident or chronic traumatic stress -- the most profound healing can take place when clients explore how to integrate body-based techniques into treatment. In session, I primarily utilize EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) to support clients through reprocessing traumatic memories, while enhancing client's own coping skills through mindfulness and somatic techniques.
Living in a society that is steeped in diet culture and fatphobia, I have a particular interest in providing clients with fat positive, non-diet approaches to healing the relationship between themselves and their bodies. I hope to provide a space where clients can begin to explore how diets are negatively impacting our physical and emotional health, how to shift from body hate to body neutrality, and how to begin reconnecting with our physical cues so that we can move towards eating intuitively rather than eating for health/wellness with the goal of changing body size.
I graduated from Simmons in 2016 with my MSW and Certificate in Urban Leadership.I am currently accepting new clients Monday-Friday between the hours of 9am and 6pm. I can be reached by email below or phone at 401-227-0372
Lily Vose-O'Neal, M.S.
I am a body positive therapist who respects body diversity and supports clients to nurture their health independent of weight or size. I help clients move toward listening to body cues to nourish their bodies with enjoyable foods and pleasurable movement. I love being a therapist. I consider it a great privilege and honor to be invited into people’s lives in times of struggle and vulnerability. When I work with clients my hope is that they will leave our sessions feeling respected, understood, validated, accepted, and with less distress and more hope.
I am an artist and I use my creative training to tailor the therapy experience to each client’s unique needs, fluidly shifting focus between emotions, thoughts, and actions or behaviors. I see all feelings as purposeful, providing information about needs. I consider most problems to be attempts at solutions that are not yielding the intended results. I work from a strengths-based perspective looking to amplify and build on what clients are already doing that works and to uncover yet-to-be-accessed abilities and solutions.
I work with clients of all races, ethnicities, religions, socio-economic statuses, sexual orientations, gender identities, body sizes, and abilities. I take a stand against prejudice and the oppression of members of marginalized groups.
I am currently taking clients, please contact me to make an appointment or learn more about my approach.
Stacy Donn Cristo, LMHC - (W)holistic Psychotherapy & Lifestyle Coach
Stacy's passion is to live an authentic life and assist others in doing so as well. She believes it is in the body that we can find our authentic path. (W)holistic is the umbrella under which Stacy houses the many modalities: psychotherapy, mind body connective work, and lifestyle design, that help us to live as authentic and empowered beings.
As a (w)holistic psychotherapist, Stacy builds relationships of care and trust to support and enrich your life. If you are interested in personal growth and deep healing, whether it is from discovering a diagnosis of some kind, childhood traumas, or phase-of-life problems, she will work with you to find meaning, purpose, skills, and deep healing. Stacy believes it is the mind, body and spirit that makes us human.
Stacy Donn Cristo has been practicing independently for over ten years as a holistic psychotherapist and lifestyle coach. She is passionate about assisting others in finding and living their authentic life with courage and grace.
Nicole Marshall Concha, LMHC
Hello! My name is Nicole and I have been in the mental health field for over 17 years. I want you to know that you are a whole lot more than your problems and that there is always hope. I am a very good listener, I am patient, and I love a good laugh! I consider myself to be sensitively direct and I believe it is very important to be transparent and genuine. I will pace things according to your comfort and readiness, though I will also challenge you to go outside your comfort zone, otherwise nothing will change! The primary indicator for success in therapy is a positive, strong connection with your therapist, so I always encourage feedback- even if it's to say that something isn't working for you- because above all else, I am here for you.
My specialties include disordered eating, self-esteem, body image, anxiety, depression, trauma, and abuse. I utilize Intuitive and Mindful Eating, HAES, DBT, Mindfulness-Based CBT, IFS, ACT, and FCT. I also provide life and career coaching, parenting skills, and meditation teachings, and I am always open to new ideas. In addition to my work as an outpatient therapist, I co-founded Reframe, an online coaching, education, and advocacy service that provides an alternative to the diet and weight-loss mentality that has pervaded our culture and made us all sicker. There is another way! To learn more about how to finally make peace with food and your body, check us out: <http://www.reframebodylove.com> .
I look forward to meeting you!