Christine is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of adolescents, adults, and families. Her strengths-based approach ensures that counseling addresses not just what's going wrong, but identifies and nurtures what is going right. She strives to help clients make new discoveries about themselves and identify ways to overcome the obstacles they face to a happier, more fulfilling life. Maybe it's anxiety, a relationship problem, or emotional pain from a past experience. Maybe you are looking for support with the challenges of parenting your adolescent child, or seeking help for a teen who is struggling. Whether you are a teenager or adult, working with Christine offers a safe and nonjudgmental place to work collaboratively toward your goals and tap into your inherent wisdom to achieve the life you want to live.
Among the many interests and modalities that she brings to her work, Christine has advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adolescent Anxiety & Depression, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness Meditation, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and is certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy – Level I. For many years, she participated in Dr. Tina Payne Bryson’s professional study group on Interpersonal Neurobiology, a field that deeply informs her work and belief in the healing power of relationship and connection. An avid learner, she loves bringing the newest research in neuroscience into the therapy room as she work with clients to change old patterns and cultivate new ways of being and thriving.
Christine holds a Masters in Social Work from California State University, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University in Medford, MA. Highlights of her professional experience include working with Eastlake Youth Services, Verdugo Hills Hospital, Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles, Jewish Family Services, and Gateways Hospital & Mental Health Center, where she spent five years as an adolescent psychiatric social worker. Most recently, Christine ran the Mental Health Counseling program at AMDA College & Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Hollywood, where she continues to serve as a consultant.
A proud native New Yorker, Christine enjoyed many years as a writer, media consultant, and documentary film and television producer before earning her MSW. She continues to pursue her passion for storytelling though documentary projects highlighting the importance of connection and community. As writer and co-producer of Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home, she received the VOICE Award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for educating the public about the experiences of people in recovery from mental illness. More recently, she wrote and co-produced the 2016 documentary feature, Los Punks: We Are All We Have, chronicling the vibrant DIY punk rock scene in East and South Los Angeles.
Christine is a longstanding board member of the Institute for Independent Media, publisher of the award-winning website, AlterNet, and in her free time loves to cook, read, and do yoga. She is licensed as a clinical social worker by the states of California and New York and lives in Northeast LA with her family and two demanding cats.
CA License # 29314
NY License # 0840481