Cristyl Word, MS, Resident in Counseling

Practicing Since: 2019

Cristyl seeks to create a warm, empathetic, safe, and judgment-free space so that together, she and her clients can process emotions, achieve goals, and develop healthy coping strategies. Cristyl is gifted with intuition, compassion, support, and is fully present for her clients, helping them uncover patterns or distorted cognitions that may be preventing positive growth. She fully recognizes the uniqueness of each person and assists them in seeing their struggles as keys to embracing their strengths. Cristyl creates space for clients to feel safe in exploring different ideas, learning to trust and advocate for themselves, and recognizing their own resilience. Her therapy work focuses on whole-person wellness, which includes finding balance in all areas of life—mental, physical, social, and spiritual. Treatment modalities are based on individual client needs, but the most frequently used are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Therapy, and Positive Psychology.

Cristyl views the therapeutic alliance as a partnership requiring mutual trust, respect, honesty, communication, and commitment to do the work. She believes in the strength and dignity in every human being, and considers it her privilege to meet clients where they are and walk with them through the healing process. This experience may offer insight into thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that will benefit clients in the future and equip them with skills necessary to resolve potential problems.

Cristyl graduated from Virginia Tech in 2000 with a Bachelor’s of Science and a major in Psychology. In 2002, she earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Longwood University, graduating summa cum laude and entering into the Chi Sigma Iota International and Professional Academic Honor Society for Counseling Students. Her career path took a slight turn at that point and she earned a PreK-3 Teaching License in 2003. Cristyl taught primary school for 11 years before returning to higher education to earn her license as a K-12 Music Educator. She taught elementary and high school music for 5 years before feeling called back to the beginning…counseling. Cristyl has experience in group and individual therapy, substance use therapy, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, personality disorders, physical and learning disabilities, severe emotional & anger disturbances, self-harm, victims of sexual abuse, criminal justice system, victims of childhood and adult trauma, psychiatric inpatient facility, attachment issues, sexual addiction, and severe behavioral issues.

Cristyl has specialized training in Substance Use, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Sex Offender Treatment, Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide Prevention, Trauma, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Childhood Behavior, and Intelligence Testing.

Cristyl is from a small town and she enjoys being in nature: trees, still waters, birds, the wind blowing the clouds. She has been married for 19 years and has two teenage sons who play baseball almost year-round, and considers herself an avid baseball fan. In her spare time, she enjoys music through singing, playing the piano, flute, and guitar.

Cristyl is licensed in the state of Virginia (#0704014260) and is under the clinical supervision of Stacey Crosson, LMFT (VA license #0717001506).