Kristal McCoy began working with children, teens and young adults as the Communications Coordinator for the California Youth Connection (CYC), a nationwide foster youth advocacy organization originally based in San Francisco, CA. During her time at CYC, Kristal worked directly with the membership – comprised entirely of foster, adopted and at-risk youth ages 14-24. Kristal’s key role was to prepare members to present their personal stories to the media, California legislators, and community partners to illicit much needed policy reform. It was this richly intense work which laid the foundation for Kristal’s passion for working with children, teens and young adults with behavioral problems and living with trauma, anxiety/depression and other mood disorders.
Kristal received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Development with an emphasis on Adolescent Development from California State University, Hayward and then went on to study and obtain a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley where she graduated in 2012. Kristal has practiced therapy in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley for 10 years and has provided individual, family and couples therapy in the school, home, community and juvenile detention center/jail settings.
Kristal merges modern outcome driven theories such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) with traditional theories such as Family Systems and Experiential therapy to create a unique, engaging and person-focused therapeutic experience where the children, teens and young adults can learn to develop and/or access the skills they need to be “successful” in their daily lives. Kristal’s awareness, knowledge and respect for the obstacles facing children and youth coupled with her education, training and experience provides an environment that is extra-ordinary and primed for change and growth.
Kristal is currently working on her first workbook series designed to increase teens and young adults ability to understand, cope and grow through their various obstacles and setbacks.