Therapist, Body Trust Provider, and Consultant
"what about the theory. the fear of not being enough. and the fear of being 'too much.' are exactly the same fear. the fear of being you."
My name is Christine Anderson and my pronouns are she/her. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Oregon and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Washington state. I am glad you are here.
I spent my formative years growing up in the Pacific Northwest, north of the Seattle area near the San Juan Islands. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from the University of Washington. My passion for English was inspired by my love of writing about cultural studies, specifically gender and sexuality. Following graduation I worked for a few years to redefine my career path. I began working in the mental health field in 2010 at an inpatient psychiatric hospital and soon after decided to pursue graduate studies to become a mental health therapist. My work as a therapist is a nourishing hybrid of my passion for both the theoretical headiness of academia and the relational magic that happens when a client experiences the presence of a listening, empathic other.
Since 2010 I have worked with teens and adults in a variety of settings in the mental health field: inpatient psychiatric mental health, community mental health, private practice, and mental health research.
I graduated with my Master of Science degree in Counseling from Portland State University in 2014. Following graduation I lived in New York City and served as the Assistant Director of a psychotherapy program at the New School for Social Research that trains doctoral-level psychologists. Following my time in NYC I worked as a mental health specialist at Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research and provided therapy services for teens and young adults in a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Oregon (#C6851) and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Washington (LH61331454), which allows me to meet with clients from both Oregon and Washington.
My clinical specialties include working with clients, from young adult to midlife, on issues related to body shame, chronic dieting, and disordered eating. A great deal of my practice also focuses on anxiety, perfectionism, identity issues, emotion regulation challenges, and disentangling early childhood experiences-- specifically around bodies and sexuality-- that have impacted adult functioning.
I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma and other painful experiences. I am also a certified Body Trust® provider through The Center for Body Trust (formerly known as Be Nourished.) I engage in ongoing training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, trauma, and body related concerns.
I look forward to connecting with you so we can discuss your needs and desires, our partnership, and the therapy process.