Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic

Kristin Burdge

Clinical Supervisor

Virginia“The consistency, accountability, and the high standards we hold for our clients are extremely important.”

Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology from Dartmouth College, Kristin began teaching internationally and found that she was most motivated to help the families and the children who were struggling. After deciding the classroom wasn’t the place for her, she quickly moved into the field of human services and social work. In 2011, she graduated from Boston College with a Master of Social Work and an emphasis on mental health and global practice.

Kristin was a Program Director for an agency that supported mentoring relationships for low-income youth in Vermont and worked as a family case manager for the Department of Children and Families for her graduate school internship. Immediately prior to her current position with Phoenix House, she provided substance abuse treatment and other re-entry services for youth involved with the criminal justice system, working with Youth in Focus: Exodus House Residential Recovery Program, and East of the River Clergy Police Community Partnership in Washington, D.C.

Kristin has been working at Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic since December, 2012, first as residential staff and then as a primary counselor. She says her previous experience as a mentor and case manager has enabled her to provide a great depth of care to her clients at Phoenix House, where she acts as both a case manager and a counselor. “The mentoring work was a building block to everything I’ve done,” Kristin says. That’s how she learned to focus not just on her clients’ immediate treatment needs but the rest of their lives.

During her time at Phoenix House, she’s seen some outstanding transformations, including one client who used multiple substances and, in Kristin’s words, “loved using.” Kristin saw this client develop clarity about the consequences of her use, start building a sober network, work through her dual diagnoses, and finally picture her future drug-free: “She was so excited to be able to see a future for herself.”

Kristin says the most important part of treatment is its consistency and its room for regular exercise and sober recreation: “The consistency, accountability, and the high standards we hold for them are extremely important.”