I have been working as a counselor since 2005. In that time, I have gained extensive experience in issues related to caregiving, relationships, trauma recovery and addiction. I am currently providing counseling services in private practice, after working several years in a variety of mental health settings, including geriatrics, community corrections and community mental health. As a therapist, I believe in treating the whole person within the context of cultural and social realities. Many of the qualities that we think make us different from others – such as fear, guilt and shame – are actually what we have in common with our fellow human beings. We’re all walking around with these insecurities and thinking we’re alone in them. But, we’re not.
Prior to working in mental health, I managed long term care facilities, including assisted living centers and nursing homes in Colorado and Oregon. In this role, I worked with many elders and their families to create the best possible options for providing the physical and emotional supports in these often difficult circumstances. I soon realized that the most enjoyable part of the work was the one-on-one time I spent with residents and their families as they addressed the complex issues associated with the aging process. This experience led me to shift my career to focus more on direct support via counseling services.
Along with this professional experience, I served as primary caregiver for my father-in-law who resided with me and my husband following a stroke. I am familiar with both the logistical and emotional difficulties related to medical systems, chronic illness, progressive losses and grief.
Couples & Relationships
I have a passion for relationships and couples counseling. I’ve been married for 25 years and understand and appreciate the challenges and rewards that arise in relationships. I have had advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples (EFT). This is an evidence-based approach with strong long-term efficacy. It consistently works across different populations and with varying problems, and it has ‘staying power.’
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and family. I like to be involved in my community, often participating in community improvement activities. In 2009, my husband and I began a great adventure when we served together in the Peace Corps. For two years, we lived in a remote village in the interior rain forests of Suriname, South America. During this experience, we helped our village organize, develop and build rainwater catchment systems for all the households in the village. Along with traveling, I enjoy volunteering, cycling, a good TV series or movie, socializing with friends and playing computer games.
Diversity of all kinds is always welcome in my practice. I currently offer counseling services on Saturdays as well as weekdays, and I am able to travel to your home if mobility issues prevent you from coming to my office.
Christine has a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and a B.S. in Health Care Administration, Long-Term Care Emphasis from Oregon State University. Christine has completed advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT), victims’ advocacy training, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Christine has been an avid volunteer, providing service to organizations such as the Peace Corps, the Alzheimer’s Association, Immigration and Refugee Community Organization and The Baby Haven.