Kristal DeSantis


M.A.,Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist TX#202415

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional #637395

Founder/Director for Austin STRONG: Relationship Building Center

My Approach

I believe that everyone deserves to live an authentic, happy, connected, and fulfilled life.

My goal as a therapist is to help you discover what that looks like for you and your relationships.


In our work together, I help to create a supportive space for you to explore what you want out of life and to be the architect of your own intimate relationships. My philosophy of therapy is that it is a process of coming home to yourself. I am here to be a helper along the way. 


Therapy is not a magic pill or a quick fix; it is a healing process that necessitates participation and investment from the client and therapist alike. But in the end, I believe that making small changes can bring life-altering results. I would love to work alongside you on your journey.

I created the STRONG Relationship Model which I use for couples therapy.

View the STRONG Relationship Model here 

Hear me explain the STRONG Model here

My specialties include: Sex Therapy (including desire discrepancy/ out of control sexual behaviors/recovery from infidelity), EMDR for trauma and PTSD recovery, Gottman Marital Therapy, PREPARE/Enrich Premarital Counseling, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Conflict and Communication skill-building for high conflict couples, Working with US Veterans and First Responders.  

Learn more about my background and licensing here


"Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives." 

-Victor Frankl

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