Kirsten Collins, LMSW


Behavioral Coach

Kirsten brings with her a combination of humor and lightheartedness AND the courage to challenge clients, not shying away from deeply transformational work in treatment.  Kirsten is wholeheartedly committed to working with her clients to create, in the words of DBT, a “life worth living.”

Kirsten has a Master’s Degree from Columbia, as well as an MBA from Southern Connecticut University.  At Columbia, Kirsten was introduced to DBT and fell head-over-heels in love with the method and its incredible integration of mindfulness practice into therapy.  DBT is Kirsten’s calling in part because she is also trained as a Forrest Yoga Instructor – a style of yoga that emphasizes connecting to feelings in order to work through physical and emotional trauma.

Throughout her career, Kirsten has worked in the psychiatric hospital setting; the homeless shelter system in New York City as well as traditional mental health clinics.  Kirsten also has previous experience in the corporate business arena, which has given her insight into group dynamics.  All of these experiences have led her to understand that working at Beacon is truly her heart’s calling.

Kirsten is incredibly committed to whole health – physical, emotional and spiritual – and avidly subscribes to Beacon’s philosophies on food addiction. Kirsten walks the road to recovery with her clients and is passionate about her work.  Since the day Kirsten met Molly, she has called Beacon a “healing oasis.” Kirsten is honored to be a part of this incredible team.


Kirsten Collins, LMSW