Kirsten is a graduate of Naropa University’s Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology program. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Kirsten has returned to the clinical mental health field after a career in television and documentary work. Between projects that took her all over the globe, Kirsten spent time teaching English at a Buddhist monastery in Nepal which sparked her interest in Buddhist philosophies. Buddhism has become the catalyst for her return to a profession where she can provide support for people in their journeys of emotional growth and well-being. Her recent work includes the psychosocial support department of the International Rescue Committee working with women refugees and asylum seekers. Kirsten is currently a Pre-Licensed Therapist at Naropa Community Counseling after completing a year long internship there.