Christina is a born and raised Tennessean, hailing from Mountain City. 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.

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 currently working toward a Doctorate of Social Work at the University of TN. She is recently trained in somatic and attachment focused Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). This modality of treatment is used to treat trauma–it is not the only way but the primary way she is trained.

Christina believes that art, talk, feeling, trusting the body, movement, and human interaction can positively change our world. She believes the therapeutic relationship is the foundation of any healing. She is cautiously optimistic and open about who she is in the world. She is a cis, queer, cancer survivor,  an avid community theatre fan, loves her spouse, two dogs, two cats, board games, yoga, iced coffee, and quiet time with a good book. She believes in empathy for all situations, equity for all people, and empowering others to be themselves. You can find her on Instagram @empathy_equity_empowerment

Christina R. Perkins, LCSW  (photo: Bill Rambo)