Kris Silvestry, MA, NCC, LPC, CSVA is the founding director of Peace of Mind Counseling and Wellness Center. Kris is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey and nationally board certified with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Marywood University. In 2008, Kris was introduced to Sandplay Therapy, a Jungian-based counseling modality that was instrumental to her growth both professionally and personally. After the Introductory training at Lighthouse Counseling and Wellness Center she continued on to the Intermediate Training, finishing up with the Advanced Sandplay Therapy Training. Kris believes that through sandplay she is able to efficiently and effectively help clients working through trauma and life transitions.
Over the years she has committed her professional work to non-profit organizations as a counselor advocate at Domestic Violence Service Center; family therapist for Shelter Our Sisters; counselor at the Union County Rape Crisis Center; Pre/Post Adoption Clinician for Family Resource Center and the counselor for A Child’s View in Union County. Throughout her years in counseling she has focused on families and individuals working through trauma and life changes. Over the years working within the trauma field, Kris was able to identify the need for a holistic method including body, mind and spirit. The impact of her experiences motivated her to start the practice of Peace of Mind Counseling and Wellness Center.
Along with her work experience, Kris volunteers for First Friends, the Municipal Alliance and is a Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate for the local rape crisis center. Through her volunteer work with women and children, she received Women of Excellence Award in 2009. She is actively involved with the YWCA on the local, regional and national level. In 2011 she was also selected as an alternate delegate to represent the United States during World Council. Kris utilizes all of her experiences-professionally and personally to help develop Peace of Mind.