About Crystal

Thank you for visiting my site, listening, and learning about my practice.

The intention for clinical social work services is to impart change.  Change can be difficult.  The change process can feel exciting and empowering, as well as frustrating and tiring.  This is to be expected.  Clients are encouraged to express a range of feelings and thoughts as they work to improve aspects of behavior, relationships or various other concerns.  There is no one way to impart change, and therefore no one way to do or experience therapy.  I am often successful in helping clients find their way through change and move forward, but not always.  I cannot guarantee the success of any intervention or treatment modality.

As directed by the ethical standards set by my profession for a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker I practice with the intention to promote the well-being of my clients.  Generally, client’s interests are primary.  There may, however, be exceptions in terms of my responsibilities to the larger society, or specific legal obligations that override loyalty owed to a client or clients. An example would be if a client were to make a threat of harm to self or other(s).  I will review these exceptions at intake, and throughout the treatment process as necessary.

I respect the dignity and worth of each client.  I must balance a dual responsibility to the client and the larger community, or society.  I will work to resolve conflicts between clients’ interests and the larger society’s interests in a respectful, socially responsible manner, as required by the values, ethical principles and ethical standards of my professional Code of Ethics.

Clinical and Other Experience

  • 12 years of clinical practice in Lawrence and surrounding communities.
  • Member in good standing, National Association of Social Workers, National and Kansas Chapter
  • Instructor, School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas