I am Dr. Krystal L. Meares, Founder of Pragmatic Psychological Solutions PLLC, Licensed Psychologist and Certified Health Services Provider in North Carolina. I grew up in Miami, Florida, and earned a BS in Psychology from Howard University, MA in Educational Psychology from New York University and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Georgia.
For over a decade, I have provided assessment, counseling, supervision, and consultation services in private practice, university counseling centers, and community mental health agencies. My work in each of these spaces has been guided by my commitment to equity, justice and inclusion.
As a result of my various professional experiences, I have developed strong clinical skills enabling me to effectively serve clients from diverse backgrounds and foster solid, collaborative relationships with other providers (physicians, schools and universities, local and national support organizations). These varied work experiences have also challenged me to identify additional ways to support my clients through continued professional development.
I am most passionate about self-care, service and education. I create balance in my life by spending time with loved ones, traveling, volunteering, reading and exercising.
My work is driven by evidence-based practices and supported by a commitment to continuous professional development.
As a clinician I strive to:
Establish meaningful connections with my clients in order to assess, understand and respond to their specific needs, strengths, and experiences (client-centered).
Recognize my own biases and level of privilege while creating safe spaces for clients to honor their intersecting identities (inclusive).
Focus more on the internal strengths and resourcefulness of my clients, and less on weaknesses, failures, and shortcomings (strength-based).