Christina’s Journey to Becoming a Counselor
I grew up in a small town in Ohio and have moved around the country many times since. I spent a lot of time on the beaches of southwest Florida and exploring the lakes in the hill country of central Texas. It was at a small community college, in Austin, Texas, where my educational journey began.
After working in the service industry for 8 years and listening to thousands of different stories, I began developing a deep desire to help others find healing. I started taking classes at a community college to gain a general education. My career path became clearer once I took my first psychology class and found it to be the most engaging. I was now able to choose psychology as my major and start taking some classes of interest, including Human Sexuality, Brain & Behavior and Psychology of Women.
During this time, I began experiencing the outdoor world in new ways. Falling in love with nature submersion on my first backpacking trip through the Chisos Mountains, led me to hiking and backpacking almost 500 miles in Yellowstone National Park the very next summer. It was after this that I realized the mountains were calling me and it was time to leave the flatlands of the south. Shortly after my move to Colorado, I graduated with a BA in Psychology from Colorado State University in 2019. By this time, I figured out that most of my healing comes from connecting with the natural world and I wanted to find a way to share this with others. This is why I decided to continue my education at Naropa University and will be obtaining a Master of Arts in Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy in 2022.
Christina’s Approach to Counseling
Since I am still new to this field of work, my approach to counseling is still developing. However, I do want to provide a space for you, where you can be yourself without feeling judgement. Figuring out who that self is can sometimes be challenging, especially when we spend so much of our energy worrying about the future or ruminating on things from the past. Through mindfulness and body-centered approaches, we can begin to gain present moment awareness, which is where emotional regulation and healing can take place.
Equine facilitated psychotherapy is one of my main passions and I have personally witnessed the healing power of being around these empathetic creatures. This past year, I have gained experience working with individuals and groups in the presence of many different herds. Horses have a way of creating an environment where all five of our senses become alive, which helps us come into the present moment and find our authentic self. It is in these moments where we can feel a sense of security and safety in connecting with other beings.
Christina’s Areas of Interest
Since the beginning of my journey to becoming a counselor, I have always been interested in helping those who suffer from the effects of trauma. Recently, I have come to understand that trauma is not the bad things that happened to us, it is how our bodies continue to store the negative energy. My hope is that I can provide a safe space for you to become empowered enough to process through the trauma by increasing self-compassion and confidence, leading to healthier relationships.
I am open to working with all populations, but I am currently the most interested in working with adolescents and adults of all ages. I am open to working with individuals, couples or groups.
- Domestic Violence
- Child abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Natural Disasters
- New job
- Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy
- Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy
- Body-Centered Psychotherapy
- Talk Therapy
- Nature-Based Therapy
- Animal-Assisted Therapy
Let the rivers flow through me gently
Not for containment, but for protection
Continue dancing with water
Even when mind and body lose connection