Meet Kristine


Kristine Medea, LPC, BCETS

Kristine Medea LPC, BCETS is a practicing psychotherapist and founder of ThrivingHeart Healing Arts Associates based in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Applied Behavioral Science degrees from Bastyr University, in Seattle, Washington. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and Board Diplomate with the Academy of Traumatic Stress.

She founded ThrivingHeart in 2009, leveraging 20 years of extensive work with at-risk populations and a life-long commitment to trauma resolution and healing. Her professional experience and expertise is focused in trauma resolution and attachment facilitation with children and adults, working with individuals and families who have experienced extreme traumatic events, abuse, emotional abuse, interpersonal and community violence, abandonment and neglect, conversion or “reparative” therapy, and other deeply impactful experiences.

In addition to her clinical practice, Ms. Medea is known for her inspirational keynote speaking, experiential training, onsite staff development, and program development consultation. She has consulted with Head Start, the Georgia Department of Public Health, the National Mental Health Association, as well as other organizations on a range of mental health and child development topics and has provided a wide range of clinical commentary to the local and national media including CNN, ABC World News Tonight and Free Speech Radio.

Now that the credentials and initials are out of the way, here’s what Kristine wants you to know about her: Due to abuse, neglect and mental illness in her birth family, she was raised in foster care and psychiatric institutions in Oregon. She was shuttled from place to place, lived on the streets, spent time debilitated by chronic depression, and had moments of wondering if she could survive. Her book, Cray, Cray: The girl who climbed out of the cuckoo’s nest and found her way to a thriving heart is the story of her life and is reflective of her unrelenting belief in the power of relationship and love and the existence of a path to healing for every person.  


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