Christina Chykirda

(MA, LPC)

About Me

Hello there! My name is Christina and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in CT. I have been in the mental health field for 6 years and in the customer service field for over 15 years. I have a vast range of experience in different settings with all different types of clients. My experience includes working in: inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient. I have worked with many different types of issues/and disorders such as: depression; anxiety (obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety, phobias, and panic disorder); posttraumiatic stress disorder; trauma; veterans; grief and loss; bipolar; schizophrenia; attentive deficit hyperactive disorder; personality disorders; anger challenges; impulse control challenges; gambling; substance abuse; kleptomania; eating disorders; sex offenders; domestic violence; life transition challenges; and interpersonal relationship challenges.

Life can be very challenging and don't we all just wanna feel understood, validated, and supported? My therapy style is empathic, non-judgmental, supportive, and interactive. I like to work collaboratively with my clients to identify goals and work together to achieve them by assigning homework. I provide education on topics/disorders when the client does not have knowledge of it in attempts for them to gain more awareness into themselves to live a better quality of life. If we don’t understand something then how can we work on improving it?! I use a combination of approaches such as: cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, strength-based therapy, and reality-based therapy. I believe therapy is a journey and if you are to really benefit from it, it should not be comfortable. With that said, another approach of mine is to challenge and encourage clients to face their fears and work through their difficult emotions/challenges without turning to unhealthy coping skills. This is not an easy task but I will do whatever I can to help support you and help in your journey to attain a better quality of life!

I look forward to chatting and working with you. Godspeed!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , ADHD , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 6

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #004112 (Expires: 2021-12-31)


Reviews

Written by V.O. on Nov 20, 2020 after counseling with christina for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I have been working with Christina for only a short time but she has already been able to form a great connection with me. Having cPTSD, I have many issues with trust and opening up fully. Not to mention the only therapy experiences I had prior were very uncomfortable and overall negative experiences.

What she lists as her specialties are not fluff- she is very knowledgeable and is also able to apply her knowledge in ways that really help.

If this were eBay I'd leave this as her rating:
"A++++++ THERAPIST- FULLY RECOMMENDED

Written by L.O. on Oct 07, 2020 after counseling with christina for 2 weeks

Christina is great with what she does. I feel very comfortable opening up to her. For once I feel like someone understands without judging me or making fun of me.

Written by R.A. on Sep 23, 2020 after counseling with christina for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I have really enjoyed my sessions thus far and have found them to be helpful but I have not had enough sessions to provide a fully informed review yet.