Cristina Smugala MA, LPC, Counseling in Saint Louis, Missouri, 63105

Cristina Smugala


Cristina Smugala


Professions: Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Professional Counselor
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Cigna
  • Healthlink
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare
Fees: $125 per session
Free Initial Consultation


141 N Meramec Ave Suite 300
Saint Louis, Missouri 63105

My Approach to Helping

I act as a guide to ensure my clients learn immediate skills to manage distress more effectively while providing a more in depth exploration of your life narrative. You will begin to understand the lens in which you view the world, your core beliefs and your strengths. I believe that witnessing another person's story is a sacred honor. Through skill teaching and practice you will develop insight into underlying factors contributing to your current distress. Through a nonjudgemental approach you will begin to develop self-compassion and enhance insight into circular patterns that contribute to current distress. Through therapeutic reflections you will begin to develop a sense of your values and begin to live your life genuinely or true to who you are. You will leave therapy feeling capable to manage and regulate emotions and have a deeper sense of clarity of your unique needs and life patterns.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Through eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) clients will be able to explore and challenge negative core assumptions about themselves and ultimately change patterns that contribute to shame, guilt and instability in relationships. Through the use of the Internal Family Systems Model clients will begin to understand their personal needs and enhance their ability to self-soothe their fears. Dialectical behavior therapy can be utilized to enhance effective coping and affect management. Emotion focused couple's therapy can be utilized to enhance the couple's insight of their partner's unique needs as a person and in the relationship. This form of therapy can assist couple's with deepening their sense of trust in the relationship while healing wounds and rebuilding understanding.

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

It's common to have fears about begining your theraputic journey. Maybe you seek resolve of an immedite issue or you are just having a hard time making a decsion. Coaching calls are an additional option I provide if your desire is to stay focused on the present time or have a current goal you are having difficulty reaching. Coaching calls are a convient way to problem solve through current struggles and help you stay focused on a specfic issue you are facing.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Traumatic Stress, Individuals that struggle with Addictions, Anxiety, OCD, Grief and Loss, Relationship Distress

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage

Types of Therapy

  • Coherence Therapy / Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
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