My goal is to help people find meaning and purpose in life, find common pathways between actions and thoughts and create a safe place to find positive solutions. I can find creative ways to approach growth and change in daily lives. For many people, change is difficult, and they cannot move past the barrier of unfamiliar feelings. Together, we find solutions that help move away from anxiety and unfamiliar feelings towards self-confidence.
Empathy, compassion and understanding help to take a relational, non-judgmental approach to my work. I aim to make each client feel accomplishment and strength along with realizing their role in finding positive change. I specialize in helping people improve their relationships, move out of feeling stuck, and reduce their anxiety, depression or anger.
I encourage a non-adversarial approach in identifying individual, risks, needs and strengths to determine where the breakdown in an individual or family occurred in order to strengthen, restructure, reorganize and rebuild. My innate strength of understanding, empathy, compassion, and integrity is my foundation for professional services. My instinctive strengths help in my ability to effectively identify and determine unhealthy individual or family patterns to provide direct, simple and straight forward techniques of communicating are instrumental in helping people stay grounded, focused and validated. I am a kind, empathetic, compassionate and thoughtful therapist with a personality and list of skills that sets me apart.
Cognitive Behavioral and Solution Focused therapy correspond with my style; However, I prefer to individualize treatment for each client by choosing the specific type of theory or therapy that meets individual, relational or family needs that target the desired outcome of therapy.
I am an experienced, trained and Licensed Marriage and Family therapist specializing in treating more than just mental, emotional or behavioral disorders. My additional training certifies that I am skilled to treat not only the disorder but the impact these disorders have on relationship networks such as social setting, school, dating, marriage relationships and families. My vast experience includes clinically assessing and treating/counseling for couples, families and individuals of all ages, maintaining family and individual safety, counseling for domestic violence and substance abuse, teaching parenting skills, anger management and stress management. Not only am I a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I am also a Family Divorce Mediator, Child Custody Evaluator, a Nationally Certified Parent Instructor, Qualified Parent Coordinator, routinely testify as an expert witness, and authored a DCF approved Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course curriculum and actively taught the course.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Parenting issues
- Self esteem
I also have experience in Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Career difficulties, Depression, Coping with life changes
LMFT #MT 3108 (Expires: 2021-03-31)
Christine, thank you for all your advice! It has helped me greatly! All the best in future!
Dr. Whittaker has been so helpful to both me and my partner. We came to her for relationship maintenance, and she gave us lots of strategies for better communication as well as valuable insights to help us be the best couple we can be. She is a great listener, and is very knowledgeable about different personality types. After working with her for a month, we feel more confident in our relationship and in ourselves. We will definitely work with her again in the future!