Christina Unruh, MSW, LCSWA
|Professions: Clinical Social Work, Counseling,|
|License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision|
|Primary Credential: LCSWA|
Billing and Insurance
I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage
Fees: $120 per hour
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My clinical training and my life experience has lead me to the place where I am able to be both radically genuine and non-judgmental with people. There are few problems beyond my comprehension. God's knowledge of us is vast and so is my ability to normalize situations. I consider myself to be a loving and fearless helper in that I do not treat people as fragile unless they are, and i won't solve problems for you if you can solve them yourself. AND I am kind, and I will quickly figure out all of the "fearfully and wonderfully made" qualities about you and become one of your biggest fans. I believe that God has given us thoughts and emotions and the capacity to manage them and bring them under his Lordship. We can, therefore, press IN toward distressing feelings and thoughts and even the most devastating
I am a behavioral therapist, so I conceptualize everything as "behavior". That means that no matter what is going on, I will help you isolate the behaviors involved and then support you as you decide for yourself which behaviors you want to change. Most of us try therapy when we have been "wronged" or when life is just getting to be just too much. I am going to help you get a life worth living even when you cannot change many situational factors in your life. Even if others behave unskillfully towards us, we can behave in ways that lead to joy and peace and opportunity!
Email or Call Christina Unruh, MSW, LCSWA at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 34794
More Info About My Practice
I am a fully adherent, intensively trained DBT Therapist through the Linehan Institute, Behavioral Tech, LLC. I work with most mental health disorders and offer a unique blend of behavioral therapy and Christian counseling for those who request that approach. I also work with individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality disorder (BPD) and their families. I am also comfortable working with individuals who are struggling with suicidal ideation or who have past attempts.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
If you are not sure about whether to try therapy, let me say that it makes sense. Therapy sounds hard. It certainly does not sound fun, It is a financial investment also. The only way to really know if therapy is right for you is to try a session. I say try it 5 times and then decide. The most important part of therapy is the accomplishment of working collaboratively with another person to solve problems. Many of us yearn for that kind of one on one attention and focus from another human being. It can be very rewarding to work with a therapist and soon into the relationship, feel that you are "known" by that therapist. It is very healing. And it can provide much needed reassurance that we are worthy and worth loving and caring about. But you cannot experience these feelings unless you try it. There is a saying that I can adapt to illustrate this point. Einstein said that "insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result." Trying therapy is at a minimum, something new. Be open and willing. You will not walk away empty handed.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
In my own family, I provide love and support to individuals who struggle with addiction, bipolar, Asperger's Syndrome (High functioning Autism), and ADHD. I understand what it is like to grow up in a family with active addiction, to worry about teenagers, to care for aging family members, to cope with life threatening illness, to grieve the loss of my parents. This type of lived experience is part of what helps me to empathize with people and envision what their suffering is like. I believe all experience connects us to other people. I believe that in every conversation I can find common ground and you can feel understood because I have been or AM STILL walking on the same path as you. For many people, the relationship with their therapist is the first truly supportive relationship they have encountered. It can be restorative and healing, especially when the therapist is able to draw upon their own experience to build that very important empathic connection and validation.
Services I Provide
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
Co-occurring disorders; Borderline Personality Disorder
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