If you could give a newborn advice, what would it be? My advice would be to feel.
I believe most of the time people struggle to flourish in their life because we fear our own feelings and stories. We, as a society, have been made to believe our feelings, emotions, and thoughts have positive and negative essence. We are told our stories are not important but we all have our own stories and each of us deserve a time and space to have our stories heard.
My goal is to create a safe and brave space to feel your emotions without judgement and with compassion; to reflect your own strength and voice to speak your own story; and help reveal your truest Self.
Who I Serve
Individuals, Couples, and Families
Children, Adolescents, and Adults
Cristina provides bilingual counseling services in English and Filipino (Tagalog).
Specialty Treatment Areas
- Complex trauma
- Cultural and gender identity
- Emotional regulation
- Parent/child dynamic
- Relationship issues
Additional Treatment Areas
- Grief & Loss
- Suicidal ideation & Self-harming behavior
I believe the most effective approach is based on my client’s needs and creating a strong therapeutic alliance. My understanding of people is rooted in Narrative Therapy. When working with people with trauma, my primary treatment approach is Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and/or Internal Family Systems model. While working with children, I am familiar with Person-Centered Play and Sand Tray Therapy.
- Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois
- M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, DePaul University, Chicago, IL
- B.A. in Psychology, DePaul University, Chicago, IL
- National Certified Counselor