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Christine N. Coyle, LCSW-C

Christine Coyle, LCSW-C, Owner

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Works with Children, Teens, Adults, and Families

*I am currently only accepting clients for Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)*

“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we will ever do.” Brene’ Brown

HEALING WORK

Therapy with me: I believe that building rapport and creating a collaborative relationship are among the most important aspects of therapy. A client working with me may not jump right into what is traditionally considered “therapy” but instead, they will spend time working towards a mutual understanding of what works best for them. I allow my clients to decide if the environment I have created feels safe for them to heal. 

My impacting identities that inform my work: I am white, cis-gender, heterosexual female whose identity includes many roles some of which include wife, mother, and therapist. I recognize that I grew up with privilege where I was afforded opportunities and therefore cannot fully comprehend the challenges many others have faced. 

I feel informed and knowledgeable about: How trauma impacts the whole self, not just thoughts and feelings, and remains stored in our very being. I am aware of how trauma often leads to intense feelings and/or engagement in maladaptive patterns of behavior. I am aware of how a child’s challenging behavior can impact family functioning and am knowledgeable in alternative ways for parents to interact with their children to improve relationships.

I work best with clients who: Are looking for a warm and empathetic yet straightforward style of feedback and enjoy working with clients who are open to challenging themselves.

I am not a good clinical fit for clients who: Are struggling with substance use and abuse. 

What makes me unique: I work with both children AND adults. I enjoy working with the littles and supporting parents and children to build stronger connections and enjoy each other. I am also passionate about working with adults that have courageously stepped forward to cope with life’s stressors and trauma.


LEARNING AND GROWING

I used to work in an environment where my focus relied heavily on evidence-based and trauma-informed work and while this approach may have been helpful to some, it was likely not the path to healing for others. I now recognize that some of my learning left out the conceptualization of intersectionality, upholding a longstanding environment of oppression within the field of mental health. I am learning from experts in the field the goal of learning how to embody decolonization within my work with clients.

I have recently become very interested in Internal Family Systems, a treatment approach that leans on a person’s own experiences and inherent parts to promote healing from within. I am actively working towards putting what I have learned into practice. 

FUN FACTS/RESILIENCE BUILDING

My absolute favorite place is the beach, and the waves are a constant reminder of life’s changes. In my down time I enjoy spinning, crafting, watching baking shows, and spending time with my husband and kiddo. 

I have lived with anxiety for most of my life. I am learning to cultivate self-compassion to work towards acceptance of all my Parts and allow Self to lead. Intentionally taking breaks has not always been easy for me, but I am learning to appreciate the importance of rest so that I am not pouring from an empty cup.

EDUCATION
West Chester University of Pennsylvania – 2003, Bachelor’s in Social Work
Widener University – 2007, Master’s in Social Work

CERTIFICATIONS/WHAT I’M READING CURRENTLY
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – Nationally Certified
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy – Nationally Certified
Certified Complex Trauma Professional Level II
Certified Clinical Telemental Health Professional
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
No Bad Parts by Richard Schwartz
When the Body Says No by Gabor Mate’
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
It’s OK That You’re Not OK by Megan Devine