Christina is an esteemed, experienced, and highly educated LPC Intern who brings a fresh approach to counseling centered around the strong relationships she forms with each of her clients. She successfully works with all ages including children, adults, older adults, families and couples to help them overcome their struggles and achieve their personal goals. While utilizing various types of treatment, Christina primarily utilizes a person-centered approach to therapy including techniques such as Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT) when appropriate for the client. Christina effectively teaches valued and necessary coping skills for individuals and families struggling with psychological and medical diagnoses, as well as anxiety, stress, and depression.
Christina graduated with honors from Baylor University, studying psychology and child development in Baylorâ€™s Honor and Baylorâ€™s Interdisciplinary Core (BIC) programs. Throughout university, Christina worked as a research assistant at Brigham and Womenâ€™s Hospital in Boston, MA. As she continued gaining experience in the field of rheumatology, she was awarded the prestigious independent research grants from the National Lupus Foundation of New England in both 2011 and 2012 to continue building her medical research background.
In an effort to pursue more experience with children and families, Christina worked as a researcher in the Multidisciplinary Pain Treatment Service at Boston Childrenâ€™s Hospital after graduation. She was able to work with children and families of children who have been diagnosed with a variety of pain-inducing medical conditions. Throughout this experience, Christina discovered her passion for clinical work, especially counseling. Profoundly moved by her experience working with children and their families at such vulnerable times in their lives, Christina dedicated herself to a helping profession where she could continue to change the lives of those around her.
After relocating to Texas, Christina continued to develop her clinical skills by graduating Summa Cum Laude from UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallasâ€™ Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (CRC) Program. In addition to providing training in counseling and psychotherapy, the CRC program allowed Christina to develop skills needed for adjusting to a disability, as well as how to navigate the vocational and legal struggles that result from a disability. Christina continues to be a passionate advocate for individuals with chronic pain and disability, as well as a source of compassion and empathy for her clients who struggle with these issues on a daily basis.