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I have a special interest in working with adolescent girls around issues of self-esteem, anxiety and identity. We work to gain a better understanding of inner struggles and pressures while identifying external stressors. I utilize tenets of mindfulness, increased awareness of feelings, and CBT homework to develop coping skills to manage anxiety/depression. I find collaborating with parents creates a strong support system to bolster resilience.
I also have a passion for working with Perinatal Mental Health. This includes men and women dealing with issues from fertility to postpartum. This is an incredibly sensitive time, and I am honored to be a part of the support network parents require.
I enjoy working with adults struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, and trauma. My desire is to build a strong therapeutic relationship in order to begin the vulnerable process of gaining insight into the painful areas of life. We seek to recognize how past experiences and relationships, as well as things outside of conscious awareness, influence present-day feelings and behavior.
My practice is shaped by principles of attachment theory, a psychodynamic understanding of relationships, family systems theory, CBT skills, and building a strong therapeutic relationship.
I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Concordia University Chicago and my Masters of Social Work degree from The University of Houston. Since graduating, I have continued my training in specialized interests. I am a Level 1 Theraplay ® Therapist and my practice is shaped by principles of attachment theory. In Theraplay® the primary goal is to strengthen the parent-child relationship and modify behavior through the dynamics of parent-child interactions.
I am trained in child centered play therapy, which I find useful in helping children process transitions, trauma they’re not ready to put words to, and to build the therapeutic relationship. I am trained in TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy). I have training in Perinatal Mental Health and a passion for working with new parents and couples struggling in the transition to parenthood. I am also a member of The Houston Group Psychotherapy Society.
I began my therapeutic work with children at The Council on Recovery, Center for Recovery Families. I worked primarily with children from families struggling with substance abuse and related traumas. Through individual, family, and group therapy I focused on age appropriate, experiential interventions to develop a common language for the family surrounding the complexities of addition. I also assisted in the family program working with adult family members in process groups and family therapy sessions.
Christine Foster, LCSW
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