My name is Kristen Woods. I am a native of Auburn and graduate of Auburn High School. I continued my education at UAB where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and Master’s in Counseling with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who is passionate about assisting my clients and making a difference within the field of mental health.

My professional experience includes working with children, adults, and families in the substance abuse field, outpatient therapeutic setting, and with clients who have experienced traumatic events in their lives. It is my personal belief that mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual growth are needed to assist individuals in achieving their optimal level of care. As the owner of Essential Connections Counseling LLC, I currently serve the Birmingham and Madison areas.

I look forward to serving as a mentor as this is a key opportunity to help guide the youth by providing skills, support, and knowledge that can currently impact them now and in the future. I hope to provide a strong and supportive environment that helps the mentees achieve their goals.

Kristen Woods, MA, LPC, NCC