Christina generates an atmosphere of freshness, innovative thinking and creative interventions as she conducts Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Groups (CBT) for the clients at Adolescent Growth. As a Licensed Professional Counselor that possess specialized certification in working with survivors of trauma, Christina works closely with our teens demonstrating commitment to helping them learn to cope with their struggles and develop valuable life skills. Christina also helps educate parents by co-facilitating the weekly Parenting Support Group at Adolescent Growth. During these meetings, Christina strives to equip parents with the skills to promote responsible, thinking, loving children while using effective discipline without punishment.
Christina attended graduate school at Adler University where she studied Mental Health Counseling. She chose to study psychology because of her strong interest in working with adolescents and studying the experiences that shape who we are. Christina cites the intimate facility size and her relationship with her coworkers as her favorite part of working at Adolescent Growth; “because the treatment is so individually tailored to each client, our teen’s needs are always being met.”
Christina says that she clearly recalls the struggles associated with being a teen and points out that many adults are guilty of losing touch with their past and lacking empathy for today’s youth. She recognizes that many teens are prone to feelings of sadness, anxiety and isolation and not enough people take the time to validate their feelings or ask what is going on.
When she is not working, Christina loves to go to concerts, arts related events or the zoo and aquarium in Chicago. She is also deeply interested in foreign languages and spends a great deal of her time studying them. She says she would be hard pressed to give up ice cream, even purchasing dog-friendly ice cream for her adorable pug Roxie.