With warm sensitivity, Chris Kalamon helps her clients create strategies to meet their most important needs. Chris calls this ‘mastering the art of living,’ which includes balancing the most important areas of life…work, relationships and play.
When dealing with complicated grief & loss, a sense of powerlessness and chaos often ensues. Chris helps clients find balance and hope after a traumatic loss. She teaches them to move from head to heart so that healing is actually possible. She also helps clients find their inner strength while making sense of life's transitions (career change, loss of identity, pregnancy, marriage, divorce, etc.).
Her work in hospice care on end-of-life issues taught her to embrace the moment we have, as tomorrow is not guaranteed. Chris is a former First Responder and works with hospitals and hospices on complicated grief & loss and end-of-life issues as well as program development. She also teaches First Responder teams to cope with Secondary Traumatic Stress. She is a graduate of the University of Denver’s Masters of Social Work program and has been trained by Dr. Pat Ogden in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) for trauma recovery. She has also been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).
In her work with trauma survivors, Chris uses an integrated approach to help counteract the devastating effects of trauma-induced alterations on mind, body, and brain. She knows the importance of creating a safe, reliable relationship that restores self regulation and returns a sense of aliveness, relaxation and wholeness to a traumatized individual. She also works with clients to identify, normalize and stabilize trauma reactions and help them re-establish and maintain healthy boundaries.
In her spare time, Chris helps direct programs at a camp for adopted Chinese kids and their families. She is team coordinator for the local branch of Response Works and responds to the mental health needs of national and international manmade and natural airline disasters. She loves to travel and has visited many continents and has met wonderful people all over the world. Other hobbies include skiing, hiking, SUP, and cycling, all of which remind her that mastery is about the journey, not the destination. Chris also has a B.A. in French Language and Communication from Syracuse University and a B.S. in Advertising and Marketing from SI Newhouse School of Communications.