What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Christine Eghenian draws from an eclectic range of therapeutic modalities and teachings to address various issues in sessions. Below are a few of these approaches and brief descriptions. Her personal style is interactive and Rogerian, emphasizing compassion as much as insight.
- Psychodynamic therapies address the power of the unconscious mind and early life experiences in shaping our thoughts and behaviors.
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) alleviates distress associated with adverse life experience by integrating neuronal networks fragmented by trauma.
- Transpersonal psychology emphasizes the transcendent and spiritual dimensions of being human.
- Neuropsychology highlights the dynamic relationship between the brain and the mind, enabling us to change ourselves.
- Mindfulness psychology is concerned with how the quality of our attention and intention remarkably impacts our experience.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapies focus on how thinking patterns and beliefs affect our feelings and behaviors.
- Family systems theories assert that individuals are best understood within the context of interconnected units (families and couples).
Christine has over twenty years of experience in the mental health field, including ten years at the Pasadena Psychiatric Medical Group, a six-year internship at Randon Institute of Clinical Psychotherapies, and five years as a volunteer through the Hospice of Pasadena. She has a Master of Science in Counseling from California State University at Los Angeles, and she received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Los Angeles in Women’s Studies, with a focus on Third World Issues and Ethnic Studies.
She has worked extensively with individuals who suffer from severe depression and anxiety, as well as patients with chronic pain and illness. In addition, she has twenty-two years of experience as a therapeutic bodyworker and certified massage therapist, which has deepened her understanding of how the body internalizes stress and trauma. Though her approach is holistic, she has had the opportunity to confer with psychiatrists regularly and has a working knowledge of psychotropic medications.
Licensure and Professional Membership
- California Board of Behavioral Sciences, License #MFC38510
- American Psychotherapy Association (Diplomate)
- California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists