I am passionate about helping you see your own strengths and creating new ways of understanding yourself, your power, and your ability to move forward on your journey in life. I am honored to guide you in your growth and healing process.
-Christine Shea, LMFT, ATR
Who is Therapist Christine?
I am Christine Shea, a Psychotherapist and Art Therapist at Women’s Therapy Institute, located here in Palo Alto. I’m passionate about helping clients as well as advocating for and contributing to the field of therapy. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, serving a diverse range of clients, ages, genders, and cultures. As a therapist here in the Palo Alto community, I love working with clients who have concerns about anxiety; depression; panic disorder; phobias, bipolar; trauma; PTSD; at-risk youth; transitional ages; low self-esteem; self-harm; gender; sexuality concerns, dual diagnosis, and more. I’ve worked in a variety of communities such as clinical, school, mobile crisis, veterans, and hospital settings. I use evidence-based practices such as solution-focused therapy, CBT, mindfulness, and the creative process, all with genuine sincerity and humility.
On the personal side, I identify myself as a feminist, photographer, and artist. I am an avid reader of all types of books, particularly research and graphic novels. I am also actively working on publishing my own graphic novel revolving around feminism and gender empowerment.
How is Art Therapy working?
In addition, to talk therapy, I am passionate about art therapy. Besides being a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), I am also a Registered Art Therapist (ATR). Currently, I am a student in NDNU’s Ph.D. program focusing on research in the field of art therapy. I can facilitate our sessions through the use of art if you are curious to try. When words might not be able to express how you feel, creativity can. Don’t worry, no need to be an artist! Creativity can promote mindfulness, focus, healing, personal reflection, and powerful metaphors that help you understand yourself, your intentions, and ways to reach your goals. I hope to integrate talk and creativity in the healing process and share the rich rewards the creative process has to offer to those that might find interest in exploring creative expression.
Anxiety, depression, panic disorder, phobias, bipolar, trauma, PTSD, at-risk youth, transitional ages, low self-esteem, self-harm, gender and sexuality concerns, dual diagnosis, life transitions, grief & loss, relationship issues, school/work-life balance, parenting, and family dynamics.
- Calm, warm, artistic, direct, logical, sharp thinker.
- A talk therapist and art therapist.
- Graduated with MA in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur in 2015.
- A BBS Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist.
- Certified in Trauma-Informed Care Services by Santa Clara County.