Kristin Swope

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow

    Education

    Doctor of Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

    Professional Interests

    • Gender roles and men’s issues
    • Student athletes
    • Disordered eating and body image

    Approach to Therapy

    My therapy style is intentionally integrative, meaning that I do not pull solely from one theoretical orientation nor use only one set of specific techniques. Rather, I aim to understand the client as an individual with multiple identities and to use therapy “tools” that are most appropriate for each concern. These tools supplement my foundation of interpersonal, humanistic, and psychodynamic therapy styles. I see the importance of meeting the client where they are and collaboratively establishing realistic goals for therapy. Equally important is attending to the “here-and-now” of therapy while working to understand how past inter- and intrapersonal relationships affect present functioning. Identity development in terms of clarifying values and needs is also a large part of the work that I do, as well as using strength-based approaches to increase self-efficacy and empowerment.

    Approach to Supervision

    Much like my therapy style, as a supervisor I try to take an individualistic approach for each supervisee. This means respecting both personal and professional identities by taking the time to understand level of development, stylistic and theoretical preferences, and relevant background and experiences. I make every effort to both support and challenge supervisees, providing a safe environment that celebrates strengths while helping them develop growing edges. I prefer to use appropriate self-exploration to facilitate awareness of how the supervisee’s self impacts the therapeutic relationship and how they conceptualize the client.  I tend to be more “hands off” in my approach, encouraging supervisees to explore areas that they perceive are important to them in their professional development while providing guidance when appropriate. 

    Campus Liaison Relationships

    • Athletic Department