Christine Whittaker MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapy in Tampa, Florida, 33618

Christine Whittaker

MA, LMFT

Christine Whittaker

MA, LMFT

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist, Licensed Professional Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Marriage and Family Therapist
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • AvMed
  • Beacon
  • CarePlus Health Plans (Florida Medicare)
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Evolutions Healthcare Systems
  • GWH-Cigna (formerly Great West Healthcare)
  • Humana
  • Humana Military
  • Magellan
  • Military OneSource
  • Multiplan PHCS
  • ValueOptions
Fees: Wood & Associates and United, BCBS, Aetna that utilizes Beacon Health Options for Mental Health Services.
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Offices

14502 North Dale Mabry Hwy
Suite # 200
Tampa, Florida 33618

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My Approach to Helping

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, home studies, counseling for domestic violence and substance abuse, creating individual and family safety plans, teaching parenting skills, anger management and stress management.
I encourage a non-adversarial approach in identifying individual and family patterns, risks, needs and strengths to determine where the breakdown in an individual or family occurred in order to strengthen, restructure, reorganize and rebuild parents and children. 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 and family patterns to provide direct, simple and straight forward techniques of communicating are instrumental in helping people stay grounded, focused and validated.

I am specifically trained to understand the complexities of interpersonal relationships. I am experienced, trained and licensed and here to help solve your problems quickly. I am a kind, empathetic, compassionate and thoughtful therapist with a personality and list of skills that sets me apart.

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 and family patterns to provide direct, simple and straight forward techniques of communicating. are instrumental in helping people stay grounded, focused and validated.

We all instinctively know that talking helps. Friends, relatives and partners can all do their bit to help but sometimes talking in circles keep you feeling stuck in a dysfunctional pattern. Sometimes it is helpful to talk to someone who is trained to help us move forward, within an atmosphere of trust, confidentiality empathy and compassion.

I am qualified to use all counseling theories, However, I prefer to individualize treatment for each client by choosing the specific type of theory or therapy that meets your individual, relational or family needs that target the desired outcome of therapy.

You may be suffering with anxiety or depression or experiencing panic attacks or low self-esteem. Whether you're concerned about stress, anger, trauma, OCD, relationship issues or anything else can help you with tools that you'll need, and that may also include lightheartedness and a little humor!

More Info About My Practice

For your counseling session we offer a sliding scale from $90.00 to $130.00 which is typically 50 minutes. Counseling fees are due at the end of each session. You may pay by Master Card, American Express, Visa or cash either before or immediately following your session.

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

In today's world we intertwine the roles of being a parent, worker, a spouse and an individual. Our chaos leaves no time or energy to fully delve into what it means to be an individual in or out of being in a relationship. Relationship counseling helps to find ourselves again; to find your meaning and purpose in life. Therapy helps find common pathways between actions and thoughts and creates a safe place to find positive solutions. I can help you 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 you move slowly away from anxiety and unfamiliar feelings towards self-confidence.

My Therapy Focus

Empathy and compassion helps 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. Empathy and compassion helps to take a relational, non-judgmental approach to my work.

The Duration and Frequency of Therapy

Normal practice is to conduct an initial evaluation which will last 60 minutes, in this time we will determine how best to meet your needs in order to create positive change in your life. Each session after the initial is usually one 50 minute time block every other week or more frequent if you feel it is helpful. The typical number of sessions is between 6 and 12; however some people find significant relief and positive change in 5 to 8 sessions.

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Services I Provide

  • Family Therapy
  • Home-Based Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Legal Documentation
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Mediation
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Premarital Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Parenting
  • Physical Abuse
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Esteem
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Worry
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Parent Work
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Play Therapy
  • Reality Therapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
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