Hi, everyone! In place of our usual blog post, I want to take the opportunity to introduce myself as the newest member of the Relational Advantage team! My name is Kristen Linaman-Weleba and I am a certified teacher and Licensed Professional Counselor. Most importantly, I have the joy of being a wife and mom to my husband and two children.
I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona and my Master of Science degree in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University. I began my teaching career working with elementary age students and then transitioned into teaching middle and high school. For the last few years I have been a therapist at a residential treatment facility.
Every year while in the classroom, I encountered a small group of children and teens who not only struggled academically, but socially and emotionally as well. I knew how to address many of the academic challenges, but I recognized that these students would likely continue to struggle because they were dealing with personal issues that extended beyond the classroom. It was this realization, in large part, that fueled my decision to venture out of the classroom to begin helping young people, as well as adults, address deeper psychological, emotional and relational issues that negatively impact their lives.
As a therapist, I enjoy helping people move from uncertainty and pain to joy, peace, understanding, and personal and relational growth. In order to gain new awareness, and ultimately lasting change, we must be willing to examine our painful life experiences and circumstances, how they impact us and what we can do to confidently move beyond them.
I would love to help you or your family member find answers to your concerns by providing counseling services or other resources aimed at addressing your personal and relational needs. Please feel free to reach out to me by calling the office for an appointment at 520-219-8377.
I look forward to meeting you!
Kristen Linaman-Weleba, MS, LPC