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About Me

"I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). Since 2000 I have worked with individuals, couples and families at non-profit agencies,schools, hospitals, in their homes, and in my private practice since 2008.

In addition to my private practice I work at a family medicine office providing medical family therapy and supervise graduate students at the University of Rochester Marriage and Family Therapy program. I am a faculty member for the URMC School of Medicine, teaching courses on family development and psychosocial medicine to family medicine residents and masters level family therapy students.

I am a certified in perinatal mental health by PSI. 


I am a trauma-focused provider and use Narrative Exposure Therapy, Brainspotting (completed Level 1 training) and Progressive Counting in combination with narrative talk therapy to address trauma.


I have completed the University of Rochester Medical Center's Intensive Training on Medical Family Therapy.


I have acquired additional training in Parent Management Training (PMT) developed by the Yale University and incorporate this behavioral model with my families when appropriate and helpful. See the links below for more details.


I also have a certification in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, a model created by Jon Kabat-Zinn. MBSR has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, ADHD, and medical conditions. I use this with many families and believe it is a great addition to most therapeutic work.



My role with families is a collaborative one - I work with children and their families using their own strengths and creativity. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual and their unique situation to move towards change and growth. 


University of Rochester, PhD, Human Development, 2023

The University of Connecticut, M.A., Human Development and Family Studies, 2006

Mercyhurst College, B.S., Human Development and Family Relations, 2004

Mercyhurst College, B.A., Psychology, 2004



License, Certifications & Awards

Licensed by the State of New York. License #001025-1

AAMFT Approved Supervisor since 2018

Trained in Narrative Exposure Therapy 2023

Trained in Level 1 Brainspotting 2022

Certificate in Progressive Counting 2021

Certified Perinatal Mental Health since 2020

Certificate in Medical Family Therapy 2016

Certificate of Completion in Parent Management Training, 2010

Certificate of Completion in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 2009



Professional Activities and Memberships

Clinical Member, American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT)

New York Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (NYAMFT)

AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Postpartum Support International Clinical Member




By appointment only, times vary by the day. At this time I do not have weekend hours and evening hours are limited



The Justamere House

243 Center Street

Canandaigua NY 14424

Please click on the following links for more information on counseling and to see more details on my practice.

Postpartum Support International


Yale University Parenting Center and Child Conduct Clinic

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program - University of Massachusetts

AAMFT--American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists:

NYAMFT-- Connecticut Association of Marriage and Family Therapists:

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  • MFTs are unique because they are trained in both psychotherapy and family systems, which allows them to focus on understanding client symptoms in the context of the relational interactions that influence behavior. The problem does not define the client but rather is a symptom of his or her system.
  • MFTs work with individuals, couples and families. Whoever the client, MFTs view problems from a relationship perspective.
  • Family-based therapy is a powerful model for change. Research has shown that family-based interventions such as those utilized by MFTs are as effective as– and in many cases more effective than– alternative therapies, often at a lower cost.
  • MFTs work with a wide range of clinical issues, including depression, relationship problems, anxiety, affective (mood) disorders, substance abuse, and more. Find out more about specific clinical issues by reviewing AAMFT’s Therapy Topics online.
  • MFTs apply a holistic perspective to health care; they are concerned with the overall, long-term well-being of individuals and their families.
  • MFTs practice short-term therapy; 12 sessions on average. Over 65% of cases are completed within 20 sessions and over 87% by 50 sessions.

Kristin Koberstein, LMFT, P-MHC

243 Center Street

Canandaigua NY 14424


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