Hello, I'm 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 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.  

Creator of The STRONG Relationship Model: a trauma-informed approach to couples' therapy.

View the STRONG Relationship Model 

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Learn more about my background and licensing here​

Therapy with me

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'm currently taking new clients for telehealth sessions only. If you would like a phone consultation to see if we are a good fit for services, please reach out. 

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