Christina Mitchell is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based in Montrose, CA who welcomes all ages, ethnicities and BIPOC folks in individual, couple or child therapy. With her wealth of experience and training she focuses on folks seeking to change some aspect of their lives that isn't functioning well. Sometimes people can identify and articulate their challenge other times clarity and insight about what needs to change emerges steadily as we work. Often there are feelings of depression, anxiety and/or feeling stuck personally or with a relationship that prevents living a full life. Christina is passionate about working with folks who are motivated to make real and lasting changes in their lives.
Humans naturally adapt to cope with untenable and traumatic situations that can over time create layers of defenses that ultimately lead to distress and block vitality, spontaneity and growth. While these survival strategies helped at one time they become repeating patterns that break down preventing creativity and growth. The therapeutic process unfolds uniquely and exquisitely with each person, peeling away the layers of these broken down strategies can open up possibilities for experiences previously unattainable. Christina works with the present while keeping open door to the past, an eye on dreams and the unconscious. With extensive training from local and NY Institutes, Christina uses a contemporary psychoanalytic lens as she integrates aspects of mindfullness and Attachment Theory along with other modalities as applicable.
Christina seeks to create a safe space where previously unacceptable and inaccessible thoughts and feelings can become known and explored. Being fully engaged she sees her work as a collaboration, joining with her patients on their journey to discover more of themselves and live more fully. Having a safety protocol Christina’s been able to offer in person sessions as well as telehealth.