Dr. Kristina Acosta, LPCS, LCMHCS, Ph.D
Co-founder, Co-owner, Chief Financial Officer & Therapist
Kristina Acosta is the co-owner and the co-founder of McCloud Acosta Clinical Services PLLC as well as the Chief Financial Officer for MACS and a Clinical Supervisor for several Associate Level Clinicians in the Community. She also maintains a small clinical practice one day per week. Dr. Kristina has been in practice for many years treating individuals of all ages- Adults, Teens and Children and most mental health issues. She has won awards focusing on addiction counseling. Dr. Kristina has three areas of focus for therapy: general mental health (depression, anxiety, grief, PTSD, etc.), Addiction, and Wellness in Adults and older Children.
Dr. Kristina earned her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2008. She earned her NC LCMHCS (Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor) license as well as her LCAS (Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist) license in 2009. She is also an Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and National Certified Counselor. Dr. Kristina provides clinical supervision to associate level clinicians in training.
Dr. Kristina received her Ph.D in Counseling at the University of North Carolina. She was an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati. She has conducted research it the areas of attachment theory, addiction, wellness and LGBT issues.
Regarding her focus area of addiction, Dr. Kristina treats both substance a behavioral/process (gaming, technology, sex, food, work, gambling, etc.) addictions. She has a special interest in technology addiction and her research to identify effect treatment modalities has been published. She has worked in inpatient and outpatient treatment for many years. She uses treatment modalities such as Gestalt, solution focused, and CBT to treat clients. Dr. Kristina is experienced and trained in EMDR (an extensive year long process). She has been applying it in the treatment of Trauma, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Addictions, and Anxiety for Adults and older Children.
Dr. Kristina takes a holistic approach to therapy and integrates the biopsychosocial theoretical model into her work with her clients. Dr. Kristina has been known to use experiential techniques, creative arts, essential oils, and mindfulness techniques to create an individualize and holistic treatment plan for her clients.
"I view human beings as holistic entities that strive for balance and growth. However, most of us encounter obstacles to our growth, including traumatic events, hurtful relationships, and confusion about the meaning of our lives. These experiences will often lead to psychological wounds that distort feelings, thinking, and behavior. My understanding of counseling is that much positive change can occur through an authentic human relationship, especially one that focuses on examining and resolving those emotions which disturb our best functioning. If we can understand and fully experience our emotions in a safe environment, we are more likely to live more fulfilling lives."
Dr. Kristina accepts Aetna, BCBS, CBHA, Medcost, Magellan, UHC, Self Pay and Out of Network