Sunday, January 6, 2013

Kristen Litvak

by day is a licensed therapist (LPC).  At first glance, her bright blue hair can make her appear as a living anime character.  The hair is striking and serves her well in her occupation as a trauma therapist with a local Counseling Center near Charlotte.  The hair often helps disarm her clients (especially children) helping them to become comfortable and opening up more quickly.  In addition to her work, she volunteers time with domestic abuse survivors and with the cause "Give an hour", which is a network of mental health providers who provide free services for military veterans and their families.

Half time Proposal
Much like a superhero, she has an alter ego.  When not working she becomes Psy*ren, both her derby name and persona.  The name was inspired by her occupation.  Psy*ren is a blue haired, tattooed covered, uniquely dressed flat track derby skater.  On the track, the sweeter side of Kristen is forgotten.  She and all of the girls competing in flat track derby are physical athletes who deliver and receive more than their fair share of pain and punishment.  Injuries are common despite the protective gear.  She started her career with the now defunct Sweet Union Roller Girls and has spent the past few years as a member of a Charlotte based Roller Squad, but now she is moving on to become the founding member of the brand new G*Force, Gastonia Roller Derby Club,  an all-girl skating team.  Kristen also co-founded Bank City Brawlers, a coed team, with her husband and participates on multiple all star teams when not skating or working with G*Force.  With the new challenge of G*Force, she has taken on even more responsibilities outside of the rink. 
Kristen and James enjoying
themselves off the skates

It is apparent that derby has become her life.  She met her husband James through derby.  He is a referee, skater and coach. James actually proposed to Kristen, uhhh, Psy*ren in front of their fans after a roller derby bout in early 2011.  I had asked Kristen to tell me about her life.  She said simply; work, skate, sleep and repeat.  If you meet Kristen, you would know that she throws "have fun" into that mix.



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Kristen Litvak answers 25 of the Best

Who was the last person you told "I Love You"?
Kristen:  My husband.

Who What will you find in your refrigerator if you looked right now?
Kristen:  Depends which fridge - beer in the designated beer fridge (Yuengling), cookie dough, leftovers, and a metric shit ton of condiments in the food fridge.

What was the last expletive that you used?
Kristen:  Does the "shit" in "shit ton" from my last answer count? If not, then it was probably "fucking"... Used as an adjective.

When was the last time you cried?
Kristen:  Yesterday when the doctor told me I couldn't skate for a while :(.

What is the worst tasting thing you have ever eaten?
Kristen:  Humble Pie.

In the film of your life, who plays you and what is the title?
Kristen:  Juliette Lewis "Unicorns Forever"

What is the last furry thing that you touched?
Kristen:  My cat, El Chupacabre.

When was the last time you had a hangover?
Kristen:  It's been a while, I'm about due...

Do you remember the last time you saw a random act of kindness?
Kristen:  Today one of my teammates donated her new helmet to the league for new skaters who don't have one yet.

If your iPod could only hold 3 songs, what would they be?
Kristen:  "Anything"- Dramarama, "Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf"- The Killers, "Call and Answer"- Barenaked Ladies.

What are you currently reading?
Kristen:  The new WFTDA rule set.

Have you ever broken someone’s heart?
Kristen:  Not intentionally, but yeah.

If personalities had an odor, what would you smell like?
Kristen:  Probably like a unicorn's ass.

You are running in a race and overtake the second-place runner. What position are you now in?
Kristen:  Ummmm... Second?

Describe your happy place?
Kristen:  On my future farm with my husband, 9 cats, fainting goats, and chickens who lay blue eggs :).

What is the longest period that you have ever gone without taking a bath?
Kristen:  Probably a week when I had been in a terrible car wreck and was too broken to do anything but sleep.

What is your theme song?
Kristen:  I don't know, but my mom says Pink's "Get This Party Started" reminds her of me. I think her song "So What" might fit better though.

Have you ever been spanked or spanked someone as an adult?
Kristen:  Hello... I'm in roller derby, we do this on a regular basis!

What do you do when you feel sad or depressed?
Kristen:  I skate skate skate!!!!!

If you were being attacked by the tickle monster, who would you want it to be?
Kristen:  I don't care who it is, they're getting punched in the face!!

Do you believe in ghosts? Why?
Kristen:  Yes, there's too much evidence out there to believe otherwise.

Describe the perfect kiss using no more than 5 words?
Kristen:  From my husband.

What is your greatest fear?
Kristen:  Losing everyone I care about.

What is the best dish you can cook?
Kristen:  Anger management chicken.

Do you truly feel loved?
Kristen:  Absolutely!!! I'm truly blessed to have the most amazing people in my life!! They make me feel loved every day!!!

Thank you, Kristen!

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