Krystal Mazzola is the founder of the Healthy Relationship Foundation, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and published author. She is considered an expert on codependency having trained at the Meadows with world renowned codependency expert
Pia Mellody. She is the author of The Codependency Recovery Plan: A 5 Step Guide to Understand, Accept and Break Free from the Codependent Cycle. She wrote a complementary workbook for codependency recovery which will be published
in June 2020.
Krystal likes to say she came to this work honestly as she was born to teen mother into a family struggling with multi-generational trauma, addiction and unresolved mental illness. In addition to this, Krystal began struggling with her own mental health issues at age 11; namely depression, codependency and PTSD. In the face of her own suffering, Krystal was convinced that there was hope. She sought healing through various modalities including mental health therapy and yoga. Eventually, she found her way to recovery. For her, living in recovery is a profound blessing and she wants every person she works with to experience this.
Krystal has been driven not only to break the cycle of suffering in her own life and family but also in as many lives as she can possibly touch. From a young age, she knew she wanted to dedicate her life to supporting others’ healing. Krystal obtained her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Arizona in gender studies and human sexuality. Krystal worked for three years in suicide prevention with teenagers in underserved communities in Tucson, Arizona. During this time, Krystal realized the profound impact that relationships have on own’s view of self and overall, life satisfaction. Therefore, she decided to become a marriage and family therapist. However, this being prior to the Marriage Equality Act, Krystal wanted to ensure her program valued inclusivity so she attended the highly rated Couples and Family Therapy program at the University of Oregon. Krystal has provided therapy to individuals, couples and families in office, hospital and intensive residential settings for over a decade. She is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, the Gottman Method and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
As your therapist, Krystal views herself as your mirror who is there to help you learn to see yourself for who you truly are. Krystal knows that all the strength you need in the world to recover – and have your most joyful life – is already within you. All she does is provide you guidance, support and education to tap into your strength and capability.
Krystal Mazzola started the Healthy Relationship Foundation (HRF) with the commitment to have a therapeutic organization that was healthy from the inside out. This means that every therapist at HRF practices the skills we teach clients to have
mentally healthy lives. It is our privilege and our joy in life to serve you and to provide a role model on what living in recovery looks like. It is not magic nor is it impossible – it just takes conscious commitment. When working with a
therapist at HRF, you can expect to be treated with consistent, prompt and genuine care which is completely focused on you. When providing individual, couple, and family therapy for parents and adult children, we focus on self-care and self-love
because these are the foundation of every healthy relationship.
We know that therapy is often hard work which requires bravery and commitment. We truly celebrate your courage to recover and during every interaction with us, we want you to feel genuinely cared for and guided. While you must do the active work, in your therapist you have a dedicated and warm partner in your growth who will gently hold you accountable. We do this because we know how capable of healing you are and how much you deserve all the joy, peace and love available in this world; including from yourself.
Healing and recovery are completely attainable. All the strength you need to recover is already within you. At HRF, we are authentic, knowledgeable and caring supports that help you uncover who you truly are so that you may enter recovery – and stay there.
The Healthy Relationship Foundation (HRF) has four guiding values: passion, guidance, inspiration and impact. These values influence every aspect of our work and every interaction you will have with us. Passion highlights the truth that for us at HRF helping others heal is our life’s calling. There truly is no other work we would rather do. We know, based on our professional and personal experiences, that recovery is completely possible and we are
passionate about helping you know this too. Having the opportunity to be your therapist allows us to work soulfully and joyfully in this world. We have no greater purpose in this world than supporting you so that you may tap more fully into
your own passions.
We work collaboratively at HRF; however, we know you are seeking counseling based on our knowledge and expertise. We shall provide guidance to you every step of the way. It is perfectly ok if you do not yet know how to communicate effectively, love yourself or cope in healthy ways. This is exactly why we are here. We shall teach you all that we know through our education, experience and personal work what will truly allow you to recover. In every session, we will provide you with actual skills and new ways of thinking so that you have a healthier life, for the rest of your life, every single day.
When you meet with a therapist at HRF, we know deeply that you are giving us the gift of your trust and vulnerability. This is a true privilege for us and we do not take it lightly. Daily, each of us at HRF, practice the skills we teach others to use so we can all have mentally healthy lives and satisfying relationships. It is our hope that we can serve as a positive role model to you and act as inspiration for what is possible. We know people only change when they are ready to commit to their growth work but we also know that it is powerful to witness that recovery is completely possible by seeing others live in this reality.
Finally, we are both inspired and humbled by the understanding that we can serve to have a positive impact in this world. We know every person we have the honor of serving has a very special and important place in this world. When we are able to support you, then you will get to go out as your most authentic self. By being who you naturally are, you will provide guidance and inspiration to those around you so they are able to live healthier and happier lives. These people then, with their own special place in the world, will go out and serve others. This process will continue to serve the greater good. Knowing that we play a role in the positive ripple effect in this world brings us deep joy.