Areas of Practice
0 -6 Psychotherapy including infant, toddler and family mental health
Child and youth mental health
Individual therapy for women
Registered Social Worker
I am a passionate clinical social worker with a specialized focus in child and family mental health. I have expertise in helping children and their families with anxiety, mood difficulties, disconnected relationships, and stress. I take a collaborative approach to my work and strongly believe in the importance of teaching reflection and self-care as a key to change.
I went through a lot of difficult stuff as a child and am proud I was able to face what I went through head on via therapy, exercise and gaining a better understanding of what's built my resilience. I feel more connected to the people I meet because when we can learn to look at, accept and even embrace our mucky parts, we realize not much separates us from the next person who's had struggles - because we all have!
I continue to learn everyday in my practice as I meet new faces. With collaboration, inclusion and innovation at the focus of my work, I am committed to serving children, their families and our community. I value my work a lot and feel privileged in helping people to see their own strengths, resilience and capacities.
Q & A with Christina
What made you decide to choose your current profession?
" Kids. When I started volunteering with kids at the young age of 15, I felt a spark about the hope, creativity, and resilience that kids bring to the world. Fast forward to my first stint in post secondary school where I worked at a group home for kids with special needs. I was also hired to do a special role as a one to one worker with a young boy who had Autism; I learned so much about what it means to build connected relationships, embrace unique ways of being, and what inclusion really looks like. Six years later, I knew I wanted to work with kids and found a degree that helped me to do that. "
What do you like most about what you do?
" I like meeting new people and hearing their stories; everyday, I get to hear about strength, resilience and what makes people unique - it's incredible. "
What does 'integrated health' mean to you?
" Understanding and respecting the interconnected-ness of our minds and bodies and the roles different health practitioners have in supporting people to achieve well-being. "
What does 'wellness' mean to you?
" Wellness means having compassion for and listening to your needs. "
What do you think are the biggest misconceptions about mental health?
" People think mental health primarily means being unwell and don’t understand that it's a spectrum. This is part of why there is still a stigma! Mental health is a part of all our brains; I love being a part of educating the wider community on what it means to learn about and care for everyone’s mental health. "
What do you want your clients to know about you and what it will be like working with you?
" I want clients to know: they are in the lead of their experience with me. If it's a good fit, awesome. If it's not, we'll find someone who is! I care. I genuinely care about people and their feelings, experiences and perspectives. I respect people and their choice to seek professional support. I've often been described as warm, welcoming and down-to-earth. I’m a very collaborative practitioner - we are building a partnership, as well as a therapeutic relationship. And, I have lots of sayings / metaphors to make complex ideas come alive - they often get people laughing because of how goofy they can be - but I work with kids and it comes with the territory! "
What do you value most in a client?
" The willingness to partner with me and put their trust in me. "
What would you like a client to say about you?
"I’m easy to talk to and non-judgmental.”
Why should a potential client come to everwell?
" Because it's going to be an awesome space where you can get a variety of your different wellness needs met! "
What is your personal mantra or favourite quote?
What's the one piece of advice you would give others about life?
" Learn to be present in your day to day; to really take it in, listen to the conversations you're a part of, see the beautiful trees, taste the buttery deliciousness of homemade baked goods, smell that freshly brewed coffee, feel the tenderness in the handhold from your toddler, snuggle for an extra five minutes with your partner in the morning. Learn to train your brain to take life a day at a time because life is too short to be constantly projecting your future or living in your past. "
What wisdom would you pass along to the next generation?
"Be kinder. First to yourself and then to others. When we're compassionate to ourselves (actually a hard life lesson), we are automatically more compassionate to others and the world would be a much better place that way - I truly believe that. "
Specialized training in infant mental health
Family mental health in the early years
Psycho-education / support on the toddler years
Emotion regulation in the early years
Child and youth mental health
Specialized training in treating anxiousness and low mood
Relationship / peer struggles
Difficult family dynamics
Attachment focused family therapy
Strained difficult dynamics
Going through tough life transitions
Breaking unhealthy relational patterns that have built up over time
Individual therapy for women
Learning about self compassion / care
Identity and empowerment development
Self esteem and confidence building
Education / Accomplishments /Awards
Bachelor of Arts, University of Guelph
Bachelor of Social Work, McMaster University
Masters of Social Work, University of Windsor
Registered Social Worker - Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
School Social Worker - The Hamilton Wentworth Public School Board
DBT Skills Training Certificate
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Level 1
Narrative Therapy Externship Certificate
Infant-Parent Psychotherapy Internship Certificate
Dydactic Developmental Psychotherapy Introductory Certificate
Family Group Conferencing Facilitator Certificate
$110.00 - $120.00 ( per session )
Check with your insurance provider for coverage opportunities
What personal qualities are important for the job that you do?
Strong listening skills
Training and experience
Just for fun
" Junky reality TV shows! I'm talking anything from 'Beat Bobby Flay' to the 'Real Housewives of New York', and I love a good episode of 'Dateline'. Oh... and anything 'Super Soul Sunday'. "
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz. It changed my life 10 years ago; I still read it every couple of years and will happily lend it to anyone who will want to borrow it (with a disclaimer that if you're spiritual but not religious, like me, you have to put your own words into spots where he speaks about God). The message is SO powerful! "
Coffee or Tea?
" Coffee all the way - two milks! Cream, if it's not an awesome brew. "
Top 3 things you heart about Hamilton
" 1) The people; it's a friendly and diverse place. 2) The green space! So much green space. I recently learned it has the most green space per person in all of Canada's biggest cities! 3) The Hamilton Farmer's Market! I love the sense of community and good local food there. "