Christine is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) and a Board Certified Supervisor in the state of Maryland. She is the co-founder of Anchored Hope Therapy, LLC. She obtained her undergraduate degree from West Chester University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Widener University. Prior to starting the practice in 2016 with her partner Chelsea Haverly, Christine worked for almost ten years at the Center for Child and Family Stress at Kennedy Krieger Institute providing individual, family, and group therapy. Christine is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) from the International Institute of Trauma Professionals and she utilizes a number of trauma-informed treatment approaches to help her clients cope with symptoms associated with adverse life experiences. In addition to her work with individuals and families who experienced trauma, Christine also supports clients to manage symptoms of every day stress.
Christine is a nationally certified provider of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and has over 13 years of experience implementing this model proven to improve a range of trauma-related outcomes stemming from single and complex trauma exposures in children and adolescents. She is also trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to help adult clients evaluate and change the “stuck” thoughts that they experience after a trauma. Christine also has experience with treating individuals presenting with high risk behaviors such as tension-reduction behaviors and non-suicidal self-injury by utilizing a Dialectical Behavior Therapy-informed approach, including DBT skills in the areas of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness to learn to more effectively cope with difficult situations that arise in everyday life. She has also received training to implement Exposure Response Prevention Therapy, a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, to treat symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Christine also has a passion for working with younger children in therapy and utilizes non-directive play therapy approaches to support children towards improved communication of their inner experiences through the use of toys and play. Christine is also a certified provider of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) through PCIT, International. PCIT is an evidence-based behavior parent training treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral disorders that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. During her tenure at Kennedy Krieger, Christine collaborated with other trauma therapists in developing a Yoga-Based Psychotherapy Group protocol. This protocol was designed to increase self-awareness promote emotional and behavioral regulation and pro-social behaviors in children. She continues to use this protocol in her work with individuals and families at Anchored Hope.
Christine truly believes in meeting each client where they are and supporting them to identify realistic goals in order to treat their symptoms. She utilizes a strengths-based perspective in her work and approaches each therapeutic relationship with her clients as collaborative.
“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we will ever do.”