I feel a lack of knowledge about the mental health industry in general creates a barrier. In our first few sessions together, we learn about easy to access resources to help you better understand what your diagnosis means and how to effectively treat it. I am happy to help you better understand the process and what to expect. Grounding people with knowledge helps both the therapist and the client.
Learning about a persons life can be a great adventure but also bring on a sense of being overwhelmed. I am here to help you sort out what your biggest challenges are and how to prioritize them. We then work together to customize a treatment plan that best fits you and works with your family and lifestyle.
Learning about how to effectively diagnose and treat the impact of trauma on a persons life was the most profound and eye-opening experience of my 30 years in social work. We all know that our experiences shape who we are but to understand how far reaching that impact truly goes and to be able to successfully separate that from our personalities and individuality was an empowering process which I am fortunate to pass on to my clients.
Depression often causes people to feel sad, empty, or hopeless, and can cause a lack of interest in life. It can also affect a person's thinking patterns and physical health.
Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is a condition that is precipitated by a perceived terrifying event. This event need not occur directly to the person but may happen vicariously—having seen something terrible happen to another person. The condition may last months or years while symptoms include ruminating thoughts, flashbacks, nightmares, intense anxiety when triggered, and potential substance abuse in attempt to cope.
Trauma is the result of experiencing a perceived, extremely distressful event. Although the stress threshold for each person differs, meaning that each person considers and experiences trauma differently, it is an event that tops one’s threshold. It exceeds one’s ability to cope or emotionally process. Symptoms may include shock, anxiety, confusion, hopelessness, feeling disconnected, mood swings, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts.
Refers relationship issues with a partner or spouse. Can include issues related to relationship distress, relationship satisfaction, communication, intimacy, etc.
Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by persistent instability in relationships, extreme emotional reactions, and chronic fear of abandonment. People with this may also tend to be moody, experiencing a lot of high highs and low lows.
Regular involvement with a substance or activity in a compulsive, hard to control way that often has harmful consequences. Often refers to substance use, but can include compulsive behaviors such as sex, gambling, or shopping.
Abuse/Survivors of abuse
Abuse includes any significant mistreatment along the lines of psychical, emotional, sexual, verbal, and neglect. Survivors of abuse may experience negative thoughts and feelings, flashbacks, distrust of others, social withdrawal, self-harm, and increased likelihood of developing mental health and substance abuse issues.
Adolescent mental health
Adolescent mental health focuses on adolescent-specific experiences including physical and cognitive development, social and environmental factors, sex, sexual identification and orientation, emotional processing, and substance use. Given the influence that parents/guardians have on adolescents, home life is a particularly important consideration.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Strength Based Therapy
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
NJ, LCSW, 44SC0597750
Masters in Social Work, Stockton University
Cristine earned her BASW from Rutgers University and her MSW from Stockton University. As a mental health therapist, Cristine has experience working with both adults and children with a variety of mental health diagnoses including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, trauma. Cristine now specializes in treating those looking to resolve past trauma issues but all are welcome to try out a session and see if its a good fit.