Congratulations to Kristie Stevens who was presented with the Mental Health Council of Arkansas Distinguished Practitioner of the Year Award by Dr. Robert Gershon, CEO of Ouachita Behavioral Health and Wellness!!
Kristie has been a Social Worker for 26 years while focusing on Mental Health Therapy for the past 9 of those years. Kristie has experience working with children and adults. She has certification/ training in cognitive behavior therapy, crisis intervention and trauma focused therapy. Kristie is currently our Walk In Clinic therapist for our Hot Springs office and triages all clients that come through our walk in clinic. She handles anywhere between 7-15 clients a day while continuing to carry a small caseload of her own. Kristie Stevens does not back down from a challenge. She is tenacious when it comes to serving clients and seeking out the best treatment. She uses innovation in developing strategies to improve access to care. She addresses client concerns with patience and genuineness of spirit in such a way that leads to a true therapeutic rapport and success in treatment. She demonstrates compassion for all populations and is not afraid of the tough conversations with clients and staff when making improvements to our processes. Kristie puts her whole heart into caring for her clients and continually researches new modalities to stay abreast of what works best for her clientele. She is a role model, mentor and advisor to staff, interns and colleagues and someone we are very fortunate to have in the OBHAW family.