Cristin Mullen, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
AzFLCC owner and operator
ADHD, Behavior, and Lifeskills Coach
I am a wife and a mother of two awesome adopted biological sisters. Our family also includes two big dogs. I dig science and technology and am becoming a podcast addict. I’m a terrible cook, but decent at visual design. Popcorn is my superfood. I make mistakes, miss steps, lose my keys and have about zero sense of time. The human brain fascinates me.
Most important, I believe that all kids are capable of success, no matter what.
I began my career as a teacher. I LOVED teaching junior high (I must have a screw loose). I found that the kids that struggled the most, were also the most fun to work with. With some soul searching, I decided that I should seek my master’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy.
My counseling career started in ‘public behavioral health.’ I enjoyed working with kids that were “treatment resistant”. I worked with CPS kids, kids on probation, and kids with drug addiction. It was an oddly awesome experience.
Naturally, I moved on to even tougher kids as a Psychology Associate for juvenile corrections. I worked at Adobe Mountain Juvenile Detention Center, in the sex offender treatment program. During that time, my two little girls came home. They are our adopted biological siblings, and they rock my socks. Turns out Mommyhood is lots-o-work-hood. I became overflowing with stress and had to leave juvenile corrections to be more present with my girls. This is when I began work in the private practice setting…badaboom badabing…here I am.
I struggled through school all of my life. I was diagnosed ADHD in college. Before that point I was convinced that I was simply “stupid” and was on a mission to be a teacher and help other kids that felt the same way.
I knew there was something different about my brain,
and “stupid” was my best guess.
My neurologist prescribed me an IQ test after I argued with him that due to my struggle in school, it was obvious that I am not smart. The IQ test showed something different. My mission ignited and so did my fascination with the wonder and mystery of ADHD.
I was quite surprised to see how little both teachers and counselors understood about ADHD. Although, I shouldn’t be. Much of the best information surfaced after most practitioners were graduated from school. Working in the detention center, I noticed a vast number of kids with a combination of ADHD and totally destroyed sense of hope for themselves. It was pretty darn sad.
I’d like to do my part to make the world a better place for my little girls.
So, I do my part, one kid at a time,
turning STRUGGLE into SUCCESS.
(Had to work the tagline in there somewhere, right?)