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About Christine

I received a Master's in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology (in, you guessed it, Seattle) in 2011, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA in 2019.

I have experience providing psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, and couples. I have worked in private practice, a women's healthcare clinic, a community mental health clinic, a church counseling center, a DBT program, a liberal arts university, and a substance abuse program for adolescents on probation. 

Over my near-decade of being a therapist, I've treated people with a wide variety of identities and mental health or emotional concerns.

 

Areas of particular expertise include:

  • Anxiety or Panic (circumstantial or ongoing)

  • Depression (circumstantial or ongoing)

  • Complex Trauma within Family of Origin (ex. borderline/ narcissistic parents, alcoholic or drug-using caregivers, childhood sexual abuse)

  • Difficulties with self-trust

  • PMS, PMDD, and menopause

  • Transition into adulthood/ Transition to college

  • Major identity shifts (ex. religious shifts, coming out, gender transitioning, adolescent and young adult self-exploration, ending long-term relationships).

I also have experience in treating:

  • Couples in transition (newly married, newly parenting, considering divorce or break-up)

  • Bipolar mood patterns

  • Borderline personality adaptations

  • LGBTQIA+ concerns

  • Adolescent identity development and choice-making

  • Eating and body image problems

  • Substance use and addiction issues

  • Trauma within academia (lack of healthcare, financial anxiety and career instability, abuse of power by superiors)

The breadth and variety of my experience allows me to hold space for my clients to explore all aspects of themselves, even shameful ones. I won't promise that nothing shocks or surprises me, but I have heard a lot of things. One of the risks and joys of therapy is that we might encounter aspects of ourselves, known in Jungian language as "shadow," that we might prefer not be there. However, we must make peace with our whole selves if we want to fully experience this one limited gift that is our life on earth. None of us has time to waste.

"You can't pick and choose what you're grateful for."

Stephen Colbert

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