Mental Health Counselor Intern
Christy’s approach to therapy begins and ends with the client in the driver’s seat. Christy believes that everyone has the power to take control of their lives, but sometimes just need to be given the space and a little extra support. Christy takes a strengths-based, person-centered approach— believing that the needs of each client are different and unique. As the therapist, she considers it her job to meet the client where they are at and empower them along the way. Christy utilizes techniques from her integrated “tool box,” to facilitate growth and foster self-worth in her clients. She frequently uses therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic, Attachment Theory and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Christy has experience with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar and personality disorders. She frequently works with children, adolescents, adults and couples. Christy has had experience working and volunteering in a variety of mental health settings. During her undergraduate internship, Christy worked as an administrative intern at a nonprofit clinic in the midst of downtown Orlando. She also volunteered as a Guardian Advocate through the Mental Health Association of Central Florida and as a Grief Facilitator with New Hope for Kids. During her graduate internship, Christy worked at a nonprofit agency, running groups and providing counseling to those with severe and persistent mental illnesses in addition to also working as a Behavioral Health Technician at a residential rehabilitation facility.
Christy has earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. She continued her education at UCF, earning her Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling and Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. Christy has been an active member in her graduate program, as a member of the Complex Trauma Club, Chi Sigma Iota Professional Honors Society and participating in research projects and counseling conferences. Christy loves to learn and is constantly striving to stay up to date with new research and empirically-based counseling modalities. Christy has participated in a variety of trainings and workshops and is certified in Trauma-Focused CBT, Motivational Interviewing, QPR Suicide Prevention and Culturally Responsive Services.
During her free time, Christy enjoys spending time outside with her dog, hiking through trails, kayaking, skiing, practicing hot yoga and baking.