Kristin Bruce, MA, LPCC-s, fell in love with community mental health work in 2006, and hasn’t looked back! She earned her BA in Psychology and a certificate in Women’s Studies from Ohio University in 2005. Beginning her journey in community mental health in 2006 as a vocational case manager for the SPMI population, her curiosity about others’ perspectives and her passion to help led her to an MA in Mental Health Counseling in 2012 from the University of Toledo. Kristin has held many positions in direct care and case management, and is trained in motivational interviewing, EMDR, is CPI Certified, and has been a State of Ohio Trauma-Informed Care Trainer since 2015. She helped to start the Lucas County Trauma-Informed Care Coalition in 2016, a group dedicated to bringing together human services workers across disciplines in Toledo to integrate trauma-informed and trauma-responsive knowledge and services into their delivery. Kristin is currently Senior Director of Behavioral Health Services at Zepf Center, and is lead for the agency’s Sanctuary Core Team. She is motivated by seeing people learn, helping to facilitate A-HA moments and self-compassion in others, and encouraging hope for the future in her patients and staff. When she’s not leading staff and promoting Sanctuary at Zepf and beyond, Kristin is reading, partaking in the incredible birdwatching in her area, walking her dog Ella, or playing board games with her family, friends, and partner.