Cristina has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Texas A&M University at Commerce. She is experienced in treating adults and teens living with anxiety, depression, grief, PTSD, anger management and Bipolar Disorder. Cristina also works with adult victims of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse in childhood and victims of domestic violence. She has experience treating veterans and first responders who have been exposed to trauma or a high stress position.
Cristina is passionate about working with teens and adults experiencing life transitions including relocating, starting college, recovering from an unhealthy relationship, beginning a new career, and many other similar situations. She values the development of a relationship and connection between her and her clients. Cristina focuses on first developing a comfort level in session for her clients which she believes is the foundation for the hard work to come.
Prior to joining DCTC, Cristina spent much of her time working with adult and teen victims of domestic violence and other sexual/physical/emotional trauma. She worked at several outpatient counseling offices including domestic violence and incest recovery centers. Cristina’s approach is client-centered and eclectic involving the use of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), a focus on the therapeutic relationship, and mindfulness skills. She works to assist clients in learning tangible tools to better understand and then change what they are thinking, feeling, and doing. Cristina is trained in The Connection Practice which integrates empathy and insight to inform reactions and choices.
Cristina was raised in North Texas and has lived here most of her life. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, winning at friendly, yet competitive, game nights and hosting parties and events for her loved ones. She serves actively in her church and is often spending time with family and friends.