Cristina Smugala

MA, LPC

Cristina Smugala
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Cristina Smugala

MA, LPC

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
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Healthlink
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Offices

130 East Jefferson Avenue, Floor 2
Kirkwood, Missouri 63122

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My Approach to Helping

Do you feel that your emotions and responses to yourself and others are incongruent with your current experiences? Do you struggle to feel good enough? Do you have emotional experiences that don't seem to fit with what you are able to tell yourself logically about an experience? This is a common experience for trauma survivors as beneath the surface some aspect of yourself continues to relive these events as the brain and body continue to experience a sense of threat even when there isn't one. Through a trauma informed approach that rest on the values of transparency, choice, safety and trust I act as a guide to ensure my clients unlock strengths that enable them 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 channel your new found strengths to make the changes in your life that your desire. I believe that witnessing another person's story is a sacred honor and holding space for emotions should be held with the highest respect. Through EMDR, Somatic Experiencing and Internal Family Systems modalities you will develop insight into underlying factors contributing to your current distress while I provide guidance and experiential opportunities in session to move through trauma and integrate insights into a new way of being in your life and in relationships. Through a non judgemental 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 with authenticity. My hope is that you leave therapy feeling more capable to manage and regulate emotions and have a deeper sense of clarity of your unique needs and life patterns. You will not only gain insight but my approach to therapy is body centered and resource enhancing. Goals include calming the body and quieting the mind and healing from the past to enhance your experience of the present.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Through eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and Somatic Experiencing 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
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    Traumatic Stress Including: Neglect, Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse. Individuals that struggle with Addictions, Anxiety, Depression, 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

  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Somatic Experiencing (SE)
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