Dr. Christina Gonzalez

(EdD, LMHC, NCC)

About Me

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I am a bilingual and bicultural Licensed Mental Health Counselor licensed in Florida with over 15 years of experience working as a psychotherapist. I have worked around the world- in Mexico, in the US, in Germany, in Japan, and in US, and worked in a wide variety of settings, including extensive work in community mental health, substance abuse/addictions, child welfare, and with military and veteran populations. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including couples/relationship issues, anxiety, depression, immigration-related issues, abuse and trauma, divorce and separation, and grief and loss, among other things. I have also worked extensively with the Marine Corps in the area of force preservation and suicide prevention, and have worked with other branches of the service as well, both in the US and OCONUS.

My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. I honestly believe we can work together to find solutions for almost any problem and that we can emerge from challenges stronger, and even more resilient. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, mindfulness training, and other techniques. I also have incorporated many things I have learned in my travels and interactions with psychology in other cultures and countries into my extensive training. I will tailor our interactions and treatment to help you meet your goals and work collaboratively with you every step along the way.

It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you.

I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Intimacy-related issues
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Family conflicts , Grief , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Attachment Issues , Read more...
Years of Experience: 15

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Languages

English

Spanish


Licensing

LMHC #MH7506 (Expires: 2021-03-01)


Reviews

Written by M.A. on Oct 16, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, and parenting issues

Dr. Gonzalez is cheerful, caring, understanding and offers supportive counsel based on years of gaining expertise in many areas. She really helps me to press forward with hope, confidence and a workable plan. Dr. Gonzalez has every quality I could hope for in a counselor.

Written by R.O. on Oct 16, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Dr. Gonzalez is awesome! I’m really grateful for her support and for always responding to my messages when I start overthinking and don’t know who to talk to. I definitely feel like she’s already helped me a lot in slowly overcoming my fears and negative thoughts.

Written by M.A. on Sep 27, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

I wrote a review about Christina already a while back, but was asked to do it again.

All in all, she is wonderful. She's like my escape from life, in the sense that we talk to each other and I feel like I can tell her everything. Just today, I replied to a message she'd sent me and she was really helpful when it came to the things I'd ask about. I highly recommend her and may she get the best of everything. ❤️

Written by C.I. on Sep 24, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, anger management, and adhd

Dr. Gonzalez is a wonderful counselor. The issues I discussed with her were very difficult to talk about and yet she made me feel very comfortable. She is an excellent listener and offers insights and practical ways to help without being judgmental or “preachy”. My issues were very long-standing and complicated; with her doctorate level of education, she gave me an extra measure of confidence in her expertise.
Dr. Gonzalez meets you where YOU are —emotionally and intellectually— and doesn’t use a “one size fits all” approach. I also greatly appreciated that she didn’t speak in cliches or psycho-babble (a personal pet peeve).
Needless to say, I would highly recommend Dr. Gonzalez.

Written by R.E. on Sep 21, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Absolutely wonderful. Very caring and a great listener!

Written by H.I. on Sep 10, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I strongly recommend Dr. Gonzalez to international patients! I’m from Japan and not so many people understand our background and what it implies. Dr. Gonzalez quickly understood it and my struggles as a westernized Japanese girl who grew up in Japan. She is very respectful (some people don’t respect me because I look like a child!), professional, and friendly. She never pushes her advise to me. She let me digest it and let me decide if I can apply it to my life. She has worked in many countries and I’m
sure she is capable of understanding people with different backgrounds. I’m based in Europe, she is based in the US and we have time differences so it takes time to get her response. But it totally worth the wait! If you are non-American and looking for the counselor in this platform, no worries, you choose Dr. Gonzalez and everything in life is going to be fine!!

Written by A.N. on Aug 16, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

A wonderfully supportive and knowledgeable person. I've been deeply moved by all the help she has provided in such a short amount of time.

Written by M.I. on Aug 06, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and family conflicts

Christina is amazing

Written by W.I. on Aug 03, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

Caring and understanding.

Written by J.J. on Jul 26, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Love her

Written by T.R. on Jul 01, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Dr. Gonzalez is so warm and kind that I feel like I’ve known her for many years. She’s a great listener, and I feel that in just a short time she was able to help me gain a new and positive perspective on life that has given me renewed hope in my future.

Written by B.R. on Jun 10, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

She’s really nice, easy to talk to and makes me comfortable opening up.

Written by M.E. on Jun 05, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Dr Gonzalez is very kind and understanding. I really feel like she gets me and helps in so many ways. We’ve only just started talking recently but I feel confident in her abilities and look forward to talking to her more.

Written by K.A. on May 30, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, and sleeping disorders

For the short time that I worked with Dr. Gonzalez I have improved so much with my anxiety and depression. I’ve learned many new things I can do that have already helped me ground myself and keep track of my moods and triggers. I would totally recommend her, she is very sweet and it feels like you’re talking to a friend.

Written by R.A. on May 24, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Since speaking to Dr Gonzalez, I've become a different person and for the better. She has helped realize a few things just by asking a few sinmple questions. Definitely recommend her to anyone who needs to be heard!

Written by N.I. on May 20, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Christina is smart, she’s got a great work ethic and knows her stuff, she is not judgmental, she will listen and give you straight up some good advice. I’ve had a couple of aha moments with her like life changing realizations and I’m not an easy customer. I don’t open up easily.

Written by R.E. on May 15, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

I have only had ongoing messages back and forth with Dr. Gonzalez. So far, I feel like she really does understand what my concern is and her questions are very on topic and point.

Written by M.A. on May 09, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes

She's a wonderful woman. She understands me because she's an immigrant like me! Very good doctor!

Written by G.I. on May 07, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Very responsive, supportive in her guidance. Understanding and acknowledged where you are while helping you decide your course.

Written by I.P. on Apr 21, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 7 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd

Just do yourself a favor and pick Christina because wow. I never felt this supported, loved and understood ever. She is so loving, listens and understands you!

Written by I.S. on Apr 20, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Working with Dr. Gonzalez is such a smooth process. She really knows how address any issue you face not just professionally but with kindness and empathy. I asked her to be firm with me at times because I need an honest take on my behaviors, and she has the ability to shift from delicate to firm effortlessly and exactly when needed. Her expertise is very apparent, and offers many exercises and even books to further help with self healing and discovery. I look forward to every session we have because I know I’ll walk away with more understanding of myself. I can’t recommend her enough. She’s also very funny and can put you at ease and feeling comfortable. I very much appreciate her help.

Written by A.M. on Apr 01, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 7 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and anger management

Dr Gonzalez has been warm, empathetic and supportive throughout the entire therapeutic process. She's able to understand my issues well. I'm really glad to have found her on better help. Thanks Dr Gonzalez!

Written by M.I. on Mar 18, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and addictions

Dr. Gonzalez is a knowledgeable, honest person who finds positivity in any situation. Constructive advice and helpful exercises.

Written by A.N. on Mar 07, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Dr. Gonzales is quite wonderful. She is very patient and compassionate. It is very comforting to talk to her because it seems like I am talking to a friend I have not seen for a long time. Dr. Gonzales makes you feel heard and understood.

Written by M.A. on Feb 16, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 9 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, self esteem, and anger management

Christina is absolutely amazing.

Written by T.E. on Feb 03, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues

If you need someone to push you to do great things, Dr Gonzalez is the one!

Written by B.E. on Jan 29, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

My life has had such a positive change since starting therapy with Dr. Gonzalez and I am able to make more rational, informed, and controlled decisions in my day-to-day life.

Written by K.I. on Jan 21, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Dr. Gonzalez is caring, supportive, and offers helpful ideas to cope with anxiety. She is funny and easy to talk to, and I’ve definitely had a good experience with her in the sessions we’ve done together!

Written by J.E. on Jan 13, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

She has been very good at sussing out the root problems and offering solutions to work on them.

Written by J.A. on Jan 05, 2020 after counseling with Christina for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Our sessions always help me calm down and reset. Very glad I found her!

Written by B.E. on Nov 12, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues

Christina has been supportive, light-hearted, funny and incredibly helpful so far in talking through issues and how to tackle problems.

Written by K.E. on Sep 16, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

She has been understanding and giving me worksheets so I can think more about myself.

Written by S.T. on Sep 13, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and grief

Dr. Gonzalez has been very supportive and empathetic from the beginning. She replies promptly to my messages and when I don't write to her for a day or two, she reaches out to see how I'm doing. She has been a great comfort at a difficult time for me.

Written by K.A. on Sep 13, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and career difficulties

Dr. Gonzalez is understanding and non-judgmental. Quick to respond and guiding in reflection.

Written by P.O. on Aug 25, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Dr Gonzalez is a very understanding counselor. She has helped me improve through her sessions and also with exercises. I would definitely recommend her as my counselor.

Written by L.O. on Jul 31, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues

Christina is caring, prompt and interesting. Very good counselor.

Written by A.L. on Jul 25, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, anger management, and compassion fatigue

She is amazing! No words to describe how comfortable and supported she makes you feel.

Written by M.A. on Jul 21, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

Dr. Gonzalez hasn't been my counselor for that long, and I've never done counseling before, but I really feel like I can trust her, and I believe in her abilities.
She's been very friendly and makes it easy for me to share my thoughts with her.
I would definitely recommend her to someone else who hasn't done counseling before.

Written by S.U. on Jul 18, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

Christina, I appreciate you so much

Written by L.I. on Jul 05, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and adhd

Dr. Gonzalez is a incredibly thoughtful, honest and compassionate therapist. I really appreciate her guidance and wisdom, she has a wealth of experience and has been helpful in all sorts of dynamic circumstances.

Written by E.Z. on Jun 16, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

I believe she is receptive and open-minded about my issues and am eager to see her views on possible solutions. I am more than comfortable with her counseling.

Written by L.A. on Jun 11, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and parenting issues

Dr. Gonzalez is a refreshing break from the cliche couples therapist experience. She is there when we need her and draws from her international experience to offer support in our unique struggles living abroad with a young baby. She doesn't make it feel like a chore to "go to" therapy, instead, we look forward to our weekly sessions and always end our call feeling closer and able to laugh together and keep moving forward. After some time spent with a few other counselors on this platform, we appreciate Dr. Gonzalez so much and are so glad to have found her.

Written by J.A. on Jun 10, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I feel miles away from where I first started with Dr. Gonzalez. She's been an ENORMOUS help in getting me where I wanted to go. I wanted to express massive gratitude, as well as a feeling of great luck of having been matched with her in the first place. She has consistently made me feel that I was fully in charge of my own recovery, as well as very taken care of by her. She offered me an ideal mix of simply hearing my stories/echoing them back to me, asking insightful questions that kept me thinking for days after, and practical advice to prevent falling into anxiety.

Written by A.N. on Jun 02, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety

She is awesome!

Written by D.A. on May 29, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and anger management

Dr. Gonzalez is a good listener, she makes you feel comfortable. I highly recommend her services. You won't regret it.

Written by I.A. on May 27, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and anger management

Amazing lady that devotes her time to listening to you and helping you understand your problems, she has helped me so much and for that I will be forever eternally grateful.

Written by C.I. on May 06, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Dr Gonzalez has been extremely helpful to me in reaching my goals. She clearly understands me and what’s going on with me and doesn’t hesitate to make me look at my motivations and to offer more appropriate coping strategies.

Written by B.E. on May 06, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and anger management

Dr. Gongalzez is brilliant. She helps me see my situation with new eyes. She is gifted and talented. I highly recommend her.

Written by C.O. on May 01, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, and anger management

Dr. Gonzalez made me feel at ease as soon as I started talking to her. I feel like she really listens to what I’m saying and understands the issues I’m telling her. She is very knowledgeable and offers me great insights. I truly feel like I couldn’t have found a better counselor.

Written by L.O. on Apr 29, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and adhd

Helpful and understanding with a lot of expertise ( e.g relationships ).

Written by M.E. on Apr 24, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Dr. Gonzalez is kind, warm and helpful, a wonderful listener with a great sense of humor. Her insight and help has been invaluable and I would highly recommend her to anyone who needs a sympathetic ear.

Written by L.U. on Apr 19, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 1 week on issues concerning relationship issues

Christina helped me organize my thoughts and reflect effectively after I felt sad and confused after my break-up. She listened, then talked to me and gave some advice and described things as my ex might have percieved them, to offer me a new perspective. Afterwards, she recommended books for me to read to learn more about relationships and myself. Very patient and very helpful. I definitely recommend her! :)

Written by A.M. on Apr 09, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and intimacy-related issues

Very present. Excellent listener. She kept checking in with me to see how I was doing.

Written by K.Y. on Apr 06, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

I have found Dr. Gonzalez to be a thoughtful and knowledgeable person to talk with. She responds to my messages with deliberate care, she listened attentively during our video talk, and has a wide range of experiences that help shape the perspective that she offers. I'm glad to have connected with her.

Written by C.E. on Mar 14, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Wonderful!

Written by J.I. on Mar 12, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, and coping with life changes

Dr Christina Gonzalez is very supportive, she is always there and offer very specific experience to help you become better.

Written by C.O. on Mar 06, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Dr. Gonzalez is very understanding, open minded, honest, and open about herself, which makes her easy to talk to. I am surprised that I have found someone that is this easy to discuss these things with.

Written by M.O. on Feb 24, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and career difficulties

I can not express how much I appreciate Dr Christina help. She is the most compassionate caring person I ever saw in my life. I was suffering from PTSD and career difficulties and she made me feel validated and accepted and renewed my energy so much that i now feel that I can face ANY challenge. Imagine that one session made me feel so much better because of her warm nature. If anyone is facing any challenge then I will recommend Dr Christina Gonzalez because she made a big difference in me after just a couple of sessions.

Written by R.I. on Jan 31, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 3 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

I had my first session with Dr. Gonzalez, and I am already feeling a sense of relief. I was nervous before our video call started, as opening up to someone I don’t know is a little uneasy. Christina made me feel very comfortable; she listened and I understood and felt connected with what she was saying. Very grateful.

Written by C.A. on Jan 20, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks

I want to share that I feel so fortunate that BetterHelp matched me with Dr Christina Gonzalez. She was perfect for me at a time when I needed help with some personal difficulties. Her understanding, support and help to work through my recent transition into retirement after 17 years of working in an area I was passionate about to a complete lifestyle change moving onto my sister’s property. She was very professional through out discussing other personal family issues with her.
I feel like I have arrived a much more stable and confident place to be able to move forward with my new life journey!
Thank you Dr Christina

Written by R.A. on Jan 14, 2019 after counseling with Christina for 2 days on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and adhd

Christina makes you feel so relaxed and opened yourself. It did help me a lot to talk to someone who doesn’t really know me and give me advices. She makes you feel comfortable, I will definitely continue my therapy with her. She is so professional on what she does , I highly recommend her.