Anchoring Connections

Child and Family Therapy in Arlington, WA

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Phone: (425)344-9722


Anchoring Connections is a Child and Family mental health practice that specializes in using the power of play with family systems theory to promote quality mental health services to all ages. The goal is to build resiliency and connections to adapt to life challenges. Building a foundation on the family system, and with play being a child's first language, we are able to break through barriers of traditional child and family therapy.

At our initial parent meeting we will discuss the challenges that you are facing and come up with a treatment plan to best suit the individual needs of your child and family. Some challenges may be ability to communicate needs which lead to undesirable behaviors such as tantrums, sleep disturbance, school avoidance, anxiety, depression, inability to attach to caregivers, transitions, grief and loss, and feelings of low self worth. Using playful interventions, your child will feel heard and can process the challenges they are facing.


Ages 4-18, Family Counseling

Specializing in:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Family Systems
  • Trauma
  • Behavioral Challenges
  • Greif and Loss
  • Gender Identity
  • Sexual Orientation

Kristina Coyle, LICSW

Kristina coyle earned her masters of social work in 2007 soon after she was licenced as a clinical social worker in 2011. She is currently earning her play therapy certificate to become a Registered Play Therapist, on track to be completed spring 2019.

Her experience in family systems and child development paved the way to working as a child and family therapist and clinical supervisor for other MSW aspiring for Licensure.

Kristina Coyle

Kristina offers theraputic interventions to best meet the needs of her clients. She has experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Fuctional Family Therapy, Trauma informed care, and play based interventions such as Child Centered Play Therapy, Family Play Therapy, and SandTray/Sandplay.

Her goal is to partner with the family system and bridge the gap between Therapy in the office to ways to promote behavior change in the home to create lifelong skills and tools that surpass therapy.

Ideal clients are struggling at home, school, and daycare. They are unable to communicate their needs and therefore may have some undesirable behaviors to get their needs met. They may have difficulty attaching to primary caregivers for a cariety of reasons including attachment disruption due to trauma, divorce, or gender identity.

As a skilled therapist, Kristina acknowledges there are no quick fixes. Therapy is hard work, but with her guidance and support and your dedication it will be well worth the time and effort.