Kristen Hernandez, M.A., Ph.D., Candidate
Kristen Hernandez (she/her) is a Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly known as Ryerson). She has completed a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Toronto Metropolitan University, specializing on treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Kristen is dedicated to supporting individuals seeking therapy for eating disorders, disordered eating, body image, trauma, and PTSD. She also works with individuals with a range of other concerns, including depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsions, as well as emotion regulation and interpersonal difficulties.
Kristen’s practice is trauma-informed and evidence-based. Her therapy draws from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) to tailor to the unique needs and preferences of her clients. She strives to provide a nonjudgmental and compassionate environment with an anti-racist, harm reduction and fat liberation approach. Kristen’s perspective and passion is also shaped by her own eating disorder recovery journey.
Kristen has completed a clinical practicum at St. Michael’s Hospital providing individual therapy and assessments to adults with a range of psychological and emotional concerns. She also has diverse training experiences, such as meal supervision at Homewood’s inpatient eating disorder unit, and assessment for PTSD and phobias.
Outside of her therapy practice, Kristen enjoys trying out a new restaurant with friends, cuddling her Bengal cats and spend time in nature. She considers it a privilege to walk alongside individuals on their personal journey of growth and healing.