Christa Bellanca is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) specializing in both individual and family-based psychotherapy for adults, children and families. Christa graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Delaware with an undergraduate degree in Communications, and holds a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Christa is dedicated to helping clients navigate complex life challenges and difficult transitions including separation and divorce, infidelity, adoption, co-parenting, blended family issues, and behavior concerns for children. Christa’s ability to truly connect with others infuses her practice with a warm, holistic, safe and nurturing experience for clients and their families. Christa truly believes that through connection, there is healing.
Christa combines her unique professional background in communications and media – including stints as an award-winning news and video producer – with extensive community engagement and advocacy expertise to help clients of all ages learn to breathe, connect, find their voice and reclaim their own power.
As the Family Outreach Specialist with the Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ Infants & Toddlers program since 2013, Christa seeks to identify and effectively address the complex behavioral needs of children within the context of the overall family system. Christa is trained in specialized family-based intervention techniques including Eco-Systemic Family Therapy and utilizes a family systems framework to create positive change for children and families. She has experience working with children with ADHD, sensory-processing and sensory-integration concerns, and complex trauma including prenatal substance exposure.
Christa is also the Founder and Board President of Isabel’s Gift, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families with children in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Anne Arundel Medical Center. She has won numerous community awards recognizing her commitment to NICU families including the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award and most recently, the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award.
Christa believes in the strength of human connection and the indelible healing power of relationships to empower her clients in transition – from preschoolers to retirees. She is an avid reader, passionate music lover, rookie gourmet cook, and dedicated Redskin fan. She loves hiking, yoga, friendship and of course, her family (although as a mom and stepmom to three teenagers, she is currently taking a crash course on managing the growing pains of adolescence, and hopes to escape with minimal wrinkles and plenty of expertise to add to her resume in the future).
Christa is supervised by Caitlin Heffernan, LCSW-C.