I'm Christina - I use Narrative and Expressive Therapies to help you rewrite your life story in a meaningful way that lets you move forward.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Portsmouth, OH
Narrative Therapy is my go-to. I believe in the power of story. In Native American culture, healing circles exist where people share stories as medicine. If we view our problems as stories rather than an extension of ourselves, it's easier to rewrite the story in a more positive light than to feel like something is wrong with us. There is healing in owning your story and sharing it. We don't erase parts of the story but view them in a more positive lens to help gain a direction moving forward.
I am a Registered Play Therapist. While play therapy is often used with children and adolescents, I believe that adults can benefit from a playful approach as well. Play isn't limited to toys or games. Play can involve expressive arts, imaginative exercises -play can be an attitude toward life. I hold a Child-Centered Approach (or client-centered with adults) that the child has the ability to reach his/her potential and as a therapist, I hold a safe space for the client to explore and grow.
I am certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is an effective treatment to use with children and adolescents. I have worked with adults who have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other difficulties due to a history of complex trauma. I tend to use a strengths-based approach in helping the client develop positive emotions and personal strategies to cushion themselves when they delve into trauma work.
Adolescence is a weird time. The kid is confused. The parents are at a loss. I have training in working with families and adolescents. As the brain is going through changes, it's helpful to provide education on those changes to normalize the process. I work in bridging the gap when there is a communication problem between adolescents and their family. I am certificated in TF-CBT (trauma work with adolescents) and have extensive experience working as a school-based mental health therapist.
Vicarious trauma is a real thing. First responders, helping professionals and caregivers are susceptible to trauma and burnout. I have worked with those who have experienced this, as a wellness coordinator for mental health professionals. Using a positive psychology framework, I assist clients in gaining a sense of meaning, establishing healthy boundaries and enhancing positive emotions.
In my experience working within multiple settings and with a variety of clients, a recurring undertone is that of the influence of trauma. Trauma can look different, from an acute experience to complex or developmental trauma that builds over a person's life. I have training in working with trauma from childhood into adult life, and I am certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (children/adolescence).