Christina Vargas, MSW, LSW

Deer Park

I prefer to be contacted by: Phone

Personal Statement:

I strongly believe that those who prioritize self-care and self-love will change the world. That’s why I strive to provide a space where clients can feel safe and secure in order to address obstacles in their lives.

Who I Serve:

I am passionate about providing quality care for children, adolescents, and families. As a trilingual therapist (English, Spanish, and Thai), I enjoy working with diverse populations, including individuals of all ages who come from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Offering therapy services in these specific languages is a speciality of mine. As a social worker and a minority I strive to continue to learn more about cultures aside from my own in order to meet the needs of my clients. I provide young children with play therapy, engage creative adolescents in art therapy, and support parents and families with resources and skills to help their family grow. My goal is to help clients prioritize their healing and self-love, so that they can be the best versions of themselves. I truly believe that everyone has the power to ignite positive change in the world and I want to help those who want to influence others, but are buried under mental obstacles and trauma. Together, we can work through your journey of healing and self-love, so that you can recognize and live out your full potential.

Treatment Specialties:

  • Play therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bullying
  • Identity, Self-esteem, Body image
  • Emotional regulation
  • Family conflicts
  • Self-injury and suicidal behavior
  • Trilingual (English, Spanish, Thai)

Theoretical Approach:

My therapeutic approach is integrative in that I utilize interventions that will address each client’s specific needs in a way that emphasizes each person’s strengths. Some of the evidence-based interventions that I use include client-centered therapy, play therapy, structural family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), narrative therapy motivational interviewing, and mindfulness and meditation techniques. I enjoy creating an atmosphere where people can feel safe and secure in order for them to develop skills and experience positive  change in their lives.

I also enjoy using creative methods to help my clients express their thoughts and feelings in order to process events and solve problems. With young children, I engage them in play therapy and art therapy. With adolescents, I often utilize art therapy, music therapy, mindfulness, and creative writing or journaling.

As a clinician, I am fully committed to lifelong learning and professional development and search for opportunities for me to grow as a therapist through trainings, workshops, and seminars.

Education:

  • Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI
  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from Loyola University Chicago

Affiliations/Memberships:

  • Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in Illinois
  • Association for Play Therapy
  • National Association of Social Workers