Welcome! I'm Christina,
And I am so happy that you are exploring my site! I became a therapist because I know that change is possible and that suffering can end. I have seen it in my family, friends, myself, and my clients. I have the sacred privilege of witnessing my clients make break throughs and change their lives in amazing ways. And I love what I do! Change is not easy, but if you are here you have already taken the first step toward a new life. Please take a look at my approach and qualifications in the hopes that they help you decide if I could be the right therapist for you. I love working with people in the midst of life transitions, finding and keeping romantic relationships, working with shame, anxiety, low self esteem and self worth, poor body image and helping people heal from past trauma.
Should I go to Therapy?
When the pain of staying where you are is greater than the risk of making a change, when you know that your life has become to small, when you are tired of feeling stuck, therapy can help and heal. Feelings of anxiety, depression, hopelessness and apathy are all signs that your life may need a little tweaking. In therapy we form a partnership to explore your life story, dig into those feelings and emotions that may be hard to process, and develop new ways to approach life's difficulties. I work best with people who are so sick of being unhappy that they're willing to make some changes. I can't change you. You have to do the heavy lifting and I am thrilled to help support you in that. Unfortunately there is no magic therapy elixir. Therapy is hard work, but the dividends PAY OFF IN EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR LIFE.
Laughter In Therapy?
My clients appreciate my humor and my direct, compassionate attitude. Laughter is often a part of therapy, maybe not in every session, but often. Change is really difficult, and getting into the deep stuff is really hard, but it is quicker and a little less painful when we do it together. I am not the nod and smile type of therapist. I will call you on your stuff, but with empathy, compassion and curiosity. I want to get in there with you and help you figure out what is keeping you from your best life. I provide feedback that is both emotional and practical, with strategies that you can put into practice immediately.
I earned my Masters in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling at Portland State University. Major course work included: counseling theories and interventions, human growth and development, multicultural counseling, group counseling, marriage & family counseling, occupational analysis, career and lifestyle planning, diagnosis and treatment planning, addictions and medical and psychosocial aspects of chronic illness/disability.
My graduate studies were extremely rigorous, and I received hundreds of hours of live supervision both in practicum at the PSU Community Clinic and at my internship at the Cedar Hills Hospital Outpatient program. I am a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). I have experience working with people who have chronic illness and/or pain, poor body image, disordered eating, substance use, disabilities, anxiety, depression, life transition difficulties and trauma.
I utilize several evidence-based theoretical approaches in therapy including attachment based therapy, compassion based, humanistic, person centered, somatic, psychodynamic as well as somatic & attachment based EMDR. My work is informed by the shame research of Brene Brown, the trauma work of Bessel van der Kolk, the self compassion research of Kristin Neff, buddhism and Eastern spirituality, as well as the hundreds of personal growth books I have read. Yes, it may be an obsession.
Post Graduate Training
- Board Certified as a Nationally Certified Counselor, NCC
- Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, CRC
- Registered Licensed Professional Counselor intern with the state of Oregon. Clinical supervisor: Dr. Lisa Aasheim.
-EMDR Trained Therapist
-Body Trust Certification Training with BeNourished.Org
-Working with Core Beliefs of 'Never Good Enough' with NICABM
-Working with Shame, with NICABM
-Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
-Promoting Body Trust in Your Practice with BeNourished.org
- Masters in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, Portland State University
- Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, University of Portland
When I am not building a thriving practice and witnessing people improve their lives, I do participatory action research with the OHSU/PSU School of Public Health. In my leisure time I enjoy hanging out with my partner and our pug named Doug and our cat named LuciFurr.
Professional Counseling in Lake Oswego, SW Portland, Beaverton, Tigard & Greater Portland