Dr. Kristi Kanel


About Me

I have been a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist since 1983. My experience includes working with groups, individuals, couples, and families dealing with a variety of issues such as domestic violence, child abuse, trauma, personality disorders, role adjustments, suicide, anxiety, stress, and depression to name a few. My training includes hypnotherapy, existential/humanistic dynamic therapy, family systems and strategic solution focused therapies, multicultural counseling.
My specializations include working with Spanish speaking families, crisis intervention and suicide prevention, group counseling, and trauma work through hypnotherapy and dialectal therapies.
I have an empathic style with a very genuine approach. I am flexible and at times direct, but attempt a certain humility with everyone as I believe people know more about themselves than I do.
I see myself as a structural mechanic when working with couples and families, and my job is to guide families toward clear boundaries and roles with one another while opening effective communication.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Compassion fatigue
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coping with life changes , Blended Family Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 38

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video





LMFT #LMFT18516 (Expires: 2023-02-28)


Written by B.R. on Jun 08, 2021 after counseling with Kristi for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Dr. Kanel talks with empathy and that's the number one thing I needed in counseling. She's great to talk to.