Hi there and thank you for visiting my web site. My full name is Mary Christine and I go by Christy. I am licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in both Missouri and Illinois.
-Mental Health Counseling
-Mind/Body/Spirit Healing including Guided Imagery etc.
-Personal Growth, Performance Enhancement, Career Counseling
*Phone sessions are available when appropriate.
Specialties and Areas of Expertise
I specialize in couples counseling, performance enhancement, career counseling and counseling for individuals seeking healing from health challenges and anxiety, depression, PTSD, Bipolar, abuse, grief and loss, and spiritual crisis.
I draw from therapeutic techniques and theory I learned during my schooling including family systems, communication approaches, social learning theory, structural approaches, psychodynamic theory, and cognitive-behavioral techniques. In working with my clients I use what works for the particular client or couple I am working with. I use a balanced combination of my analytical and perceptual/intuitive abilities.
In addition to talk therapy techniques I learned in school I also employ guided imagery, dream work, breath work, and energy psychology (which involves the simultaneous use of affirmations and relaxation techniques) with my clients. By using these techniques in addition to talk therapy with my clients I am able to help them attain their goals more quickly.
My Educational Background
I earned a BA in Psychology with a minor in Human Biology from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso Indiana where I graduated in 1991 Magna Cum Laude.
I earned my MSW (Master of Social Work) degree from St. Louis University in 1994 where I maintained a GPA of 3.9 out of 4.0.
I continue my professional education through workshops and conferences and constantly read books of interest to me related to couples counseling, mind/body/spirit healing and mental health issues.