Christina is a born and raised Tennessean, hailing from a small town in upper Northeast TN. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Christina received a Master’s of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2013.She is currently working toward a Doctorate of Social Work at the University of TN and with some sort of miracle will finish in May 2021.
Christina has been working in community mental health since 2011. She became a Social Worker in 2008 with her first job as a sexual assault survivor’s advocate in Jonesborough, TN. She is trained in somatic and attachment focused Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Christina believes that most of us walk around disconnected from our bodies because of cultural inundation that our bodies are bad. She believes that feeling, movement, human relationships, art, talking, and trusting ourselves can positively change our world. She believes the therapeutic relationship is a foundation of healing that occurs in therapy spaces. She is cautiously optimistic and open about who she is in the world. She is ciswoman, queer, a cancer survivor, and an avid community theatre fan. She loves her spouse, two dogs, two cats, all therapy memes, board games, yoga, iced coffee, journaling, and good books. She believes in empathy for all situations, equity for all people, and working together to unburden ourselves and each other from the installed beliefs of systems that are designed to restrain, constrain, and oppress us. You can find her on Instagram @empathy_equity_empowerment