Kristina Vacha, mss, lcsw, lbs
I have worked with transitioning teens and adults with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental differences, and co-morbid mental health issues such as bipolar, schizoaffective, anxiety and depression, as a behavior therapist since 2012 through Devereux’s Community Adult Autism Partnership Program. Prior to that I had 2 years of internship at Stratford Friends School providing individual and group psychotherapy to school age children with developmental differences.
I received my Masters in Clinical Social Work from Bryn Mawr in 2012 and I have a BA in English Literature from the University of Virginia. In December 2017 I will finish a second Masters in Behavior Analysis through Ball State University. I am also a licensed behavior specialist (LBS) in Pennsylvania. I have had additional training in trauma informed care, suicide prevention and sexuality. In September I will begin taking classes for the CBT Training Certificate at Bryn Mawr.
In my work I look at the whole context of a person, as whatever their diagnosis may be. An individual is also affected by family dynamics, relationships, community, access to resources, etc. While my behavioral training gives me tools to understand how the person is functioning and what they might do differently to achieve different results and/or achieve their goals, I believe it is the relationship with the client and supporting the client to see and focus on their strengths that is also essential for change. I have also used concepts from Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Narrative Therapy to help my clients think about what they would like to have happen in their own lives and to support them to see themselves in a different and more positive light. I also work with successful professionals with social anxiety and/or Asperger Syndrome.