Christina Polizzo

(MSW, LCSW)

About Me

I hold a Masters Degree from New York University and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 20 years of experience in serving individuals, couples and families in a variety of settings. Much of my years have been spent assisting those individuals who have experienced trauma, abuse and loss, as well as those suffering with relationship and parenting challenges , self esteem issues and problematic coping skills (addiction, eating disorders, etc).

Although my education and background is versed in various theoretical foundations, I do not hold fast to any one specific theory and greatly align with a Humanistic and Existential approach honoring each client as a unique individual with their own personal experiences and needs.

My counseling style is based in an open and honest dialogue , while creating a non-judgemental space for my clients to express and communicate whatever is needed to enable their healing and growth. Developing a trusting and authentic therapeutic relationship is an extremely important element to my services. The desire to be heard and supported is universal. I listen carefully, support/counsel, and strive to empower my clients every step of the way; it's a partnership in growth and healing.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Depression

I also have experience in Addictions, Relationship, Family, Grief, Intimacy-related, Eating, Parenting, Anger, Career

Years of Experience: 23

Licensing

LCSW #44SC04780400 (Expires: 2018-08-31)


Reviews

Written by L.E. on Oct 11, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 10 months stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Christina is amazing! She is able to help me sort out all my emotions and gives the support and comfort I need. Sometimes when I just need someone to vent, she's there to listen and she's really patient with me since I don't always respond back in a timely fashion. She checks up on me and she genuinely cares about what is going on in my life. 10/10 would recommend!

Written by J.A. on Oct 10, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Christina has been a life saver for me. I have problems with self esteem and anxiety and she makes me feel a lot better about myself. Christina is great because she understands you and she wants to help you out. I wasn't expecting much when I signed up to BetterHelp but I was wrong. I'm so glad that Christina has been there to help me through my problems and I'm seeing the results myself. I'm very thankful for Christina and I believe she is one of the very best at her job.

Written by N.I. on Sep 21, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 2 months relationship, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related

Christina has been very helpful in the first few weeks of working together. She seems to understand my goals, and my issues, and works well with me. She has been flexible with my busy work schedule, and understands all the complexities of my personal situation. I have enjoyed working with her so far, and am looking forward to what we will accomplish together over the next several months.

Written by K.R. on Aug 30, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

I love speaking with Christina. She helps me keep a level head. She is always as helpful as possible and does all she can to work with me. I love that Christina does her best to be right on top of her responses and is 100% involved in our conversation.

Written by G.R. on Aug 28, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, sleeping, parenting, self esteem, anger, career, and bipolar

Christina is very understanding to my needs and always responds in a timely fashion. Her kindness and professionalism are greatly appreciated.

Written by L.A. on Aug 20, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 4 months depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, and career

Christina is a very caring, kind, and sweet individual who really gets to know her clients I am so happy we were paired together!

Written by H.E. on Aug 18, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 10 months depression, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

All I can say is that Christina is truly AMAZING!!!!

Written by L.A. on Jul 31, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, self esteem, anger, and career

Christina helped me make progress getting over a breakup - it was such a comfort having someone to give me advice and I liked how easy it was to use the app. She was so non-judgemental and didn't just offer her opinion but made me reflect a lot and taught me exercises that I can take with me in the future. Really pleased I decided to use Better Help and would not hesitate to recommend it.

Written by T.I. on Jul 26, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Great counselor. She is supportive and really tries to understand and work with you.

Written by B.R. on Jul 22, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career

I think she's doing a wonderful job. She's always supportive of me and gives me answers to my problems. I think this will really help me grow.

Written by Z.O. on Jul 18, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

Christina has listened to me and offered me valuable resources throughout a trying time in my life--I'm so thankful for her help!

Written by R.I. on Jul 15, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, parenting, self esteem, anger, and career

Christina has been a great help to me, an asset to getting myself back on track! Her advice has been logical, concise, and accurate. Christina is genuine and cares about people.

Written by R.I. on Jul 12, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

I have just started with Christina but right away you can tell she is a very caring person and is really here to help you. I could write more as I go further in my counseling but right now I can say she is a great counselor. I feel very safe talking to her about hard things and know she will be kind and helpful. I totally recommend Christina to anyone how wants to try BetterHelp. You couldn't find a better counselor.

Written by D.E. on Jul 08, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 7 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, parenting, and anger

I don't know if i could have come through some rough patches that i have without BetterHelp. More than thankful for this experience! Christina is awesome and so understanding and insightful. Thank you, BetterHelp and Christina!

Written by J.E. on Jul 07, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, eating, and self esteem

Christina is very easy to open up to. I don't feel judged at all and have been able to be more honest through writing than I have found in person. I like Christina's style, she responds simply but has obviously put a lot of thought into the questions she asks and can see the big picture.

Written by S.A. on Jun 23, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 3 months depression, stress, anxiety, eating, and self esteem

Working with Christina has DRASTICALLY improved my anxiety, depression, and levels of happiness. It's amazing knowing that there's someone I can always go talk to if something is bothering me and get a timely response. I never feel judged and I always feel supported. Couldn't recommend her more!

Written by M.A. on Jun 21, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, family, grief, and parenting

I can't believe how much help online counseling has been and can be. My counselor Christina has been extremely supportive of me. I feel she is very knowledgeable in her field and I am so happy I got the opportunity to work with her. I feel it will improve my life.

Written by Y.A. on Jun 21, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 7 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, parenting, self esteem, and anger

Christina has been the architect of my journey towards facing my issues with compassion and to start truly loving myself. I now have tools to cope with the ups and downs of life. My deeply rooted internal stability (or at least an attempt of it!) is largely due to her guidance, understanding, and empathy. Thanks again!

Written by S.T. on Jun 20, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, eating, and self esteem

Christina is just wonderful. She listens, is patient, kind and warm. I have only spoken to her through messages on the computer, but her aura shines through each message on my screen. I am so thankful that she is helping me on my journey.

Written by K.E. on Jun 15, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, sleeping, parenting, self esteem, and career

Christina has been wonderful to me and she's helped me put several things into perspective! I feel like I'm texting a close friend for advice!! I love how convenient it is and she gets back to me daily.

Written by E.L. on Jun 13, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 1 month stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Christina has made me feel less alone with trauma, past and present, that I am dealing with. She is thoughtful and thorough in her messages, quick to respond, and really listens and makes me feel heard and safe... no matter how long and detailed my messages to her may be.
I was never a believer in receiving counseling or therapy for myself, but Christina has totally changed my outlook. I still have a long way to go, but know that with her continued help, support, and guidance that every small step will lead to something greater.

Written by S.I. on Jun 13, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 2 months depression, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, eating, self esteem, and anger

Christina helps me to see things clearly and from another perspective, that I trust, and makes sense. She has always been very honest, helpful and professional, her knowledge and empathy is very useful, that helps me understand myself much better, all this makes me believe that very hard problems can be dealt with, if we seek help. She is definitely a great therapist.

Written by L.E. on Jun 12, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career

Christina Polizzo has been great. Her words and very genuine and kind. I can feel her compassion and care as a professional counselor. She has encouraged me to work on myself and it has paid off already!

She is one of your best, I am glad to have used BetterHelp because of her.

Written by M.E on May 25, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family, eating, parenting, and self esteem

Christina is very insightful and caring. I feel supported and encouraged. She is detailed and prompt in all communication. She shares many helpful techniques. I can't say enough good things about her; she's helped me so much in a short amount of time. Thank you.

Written by K.E. on May 19, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Christina is amazing. She has an incredible gift for listening to you and asking questions that lead you into deeper understanding and awareness. I made incredible progress on integration and understanding of the issues I was dealing with because of her compassion and openness to helping me.

Written by E.V on Apr 28, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 5 months depression, intimacy-related, and self esteem

She's really understanding, patient and actually helped me a lot going through hardest times.

Written by J.A. on Apr 25, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 3 weeks eating, and self esteem

Christina is a great listener and has provided some very helpful insights as to what I'm going through. I feel like I'm truly being understood and validated. I have been enjoying the chats we have and it's helping me move forward in life and understand myself better.

Written by B.R. on Apr 20, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, eating, and self esteem

Christina is awesome. She's very attentive and responds quickly. I feel totally comfortable telling her and asking her anything. She makes sure to follow up if I haven't responded. She opens my eyes to things I hadn't thought about previously and is very empathetic and compassionate. I highly recommend her.

Written by L.A. on Apr 20, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, eating, sleeping, self esteem, anger, and career

I feel like Christina listens and tries hard to understand what I am feeling and offers guidance rather than direct instruction. Sometimes it is important to find your own way and I think it is important for a therapist who can facilitate that without putting too much of their perspective into it. I think Christina has found a good balance.

Written by J.E on Apr 15, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, and intimacy-related

Christina is a wonderful counselor. She is easy to talk to and has been patient, engaged, and present in witnessing my pain and reflecting a compassionate and caring presence. She is able to meet me where I'm at and hold a safe place for me to process and move through my issues.

Written by C.O. on Apr 15, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and career

My experience with the therapist is very positive. She is understanding, empathetic, informative and supportive!

Written by C.H on Apr 12, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, intimacy-related, self esteem, and anger

Christina is wonderful, she is so open and caring. Never let's me feel like I'm a bother or a nuisance. I hear from her everyday and she makes me feel like someone is there for me.

She is helping me decipher what's real and what isn't and her patience is really appreciated.

Written by S.A on Apr 11, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, eating, and self esteem

Incredibly thoughtful, a great listener, and makes me feel validated in my feelings

Written by Y.U on Apr 03, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Compassionate, empathetic and attentive.

Written by S.C on Feb 28, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 3 months stress, anxiety

Christina has been great from day 1. She is always there with helpful advice and always helps with whatever situation I am dealing with. She is a pleasure to work with.

Written by P.H on Feb 09, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 3 weeks addictions, and intimacy-related

She provides great insight into my thoughts and gives good solutions to try and overcome things. I would recommend her to anyone going through low times and needing someone to help process their behaviors.

Written by A.L on Jan 13, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, eating, self esteem, and career

Christina is really easy to talk to. She doesn't judge or make you feel uncomfortable. She is knowledgeable and gives great advice and helpful solutions that you might not have thought of before. She replies to long messages with lengthy messages of her own, and it's clear that she reads every detail you divulge in. I would highly recommend Christina as your online counselor if you feel you need one.

Written by T.I on Jan 04, 2017 after counseling with Christina for 1 month

Christina has been very supportive at a time when I though I was losing my mind. She goes the extra mile. I have found her support invaluable. I needed someone to drag me out of a dark place. I had signed up in a desperate state and with just a few messages I began to feel like I could overcome my situation. She made me feel like I could say anything and it was safe. It's the first time I have ever looked at how life events can impact you.

Written by C.H on Dec 24, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, eating, parenting, self esteem, and anger

Christina is amazing. Plain and simple. She listened without judgement and was prompt with her responses. She is kind and compassionate and that really shows.

Written by S.A on Dec 22, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Christina has been lovely starting from day one. I love how responsive she is and very easy to talk to. This is my first professional counseling experience and I am very satisfied with who I am matched with!

Written by L.E on Dec 20, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Christina is awesome! She responds quickly and is very understanding. She also gives great advice and helps me feel a lot less alone. 10 out of 10 would recommend!

Written by K.E on Dec 19, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, anger, and career

Super helpful. I feel very comfortable sharing with Christina. She validates my feelings and offers great suggestions on how to help whatever it is that I have going on!

Written by D.E on Dec 13, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, parenting, and anger

She is so patient and kind...She has a wonderful way of guiding me through my feelings and thoughts. I feel like she really cares about the people she is helping!

Written by A.N on Dec 12, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 1 month stress, anxiety, relationship, family, parenting, and self esteem

Christina is great! Helped me through a rough patch I was going through.

Written by T.O on Dec 12, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 3 weeks depression, and self esteem

Christina creates a great environment for you to express yourself. She doesn't belittle you and instead makes you feel that she is there to help you without any judgement.

Written by H.I on Dec 08, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Christina has been a great help - very attentive and personal. She really cares about you and wants you to feel better, and suggests things out of the ordinary I wouldn't expect, like yoga. I felt better getting things off of my chest and the advice relayed to me was also very helpful.

Written by C.H on Dec 08, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 1 week depression, stress, anxiety, family, eating, parenting, self esteem, and anger

Christina has been absolutely wonderful. It was as though she always knew when I needed her messages, and she always asked questions that made me think in a way that was different than what I was used to. Thanks to her help, I have been able to handle one of the worst events in my life.

Written by A.C on Dec 04, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 2 days depression, stress, anxiety, and intimacy-related

Christina is one of the most warm-hearted, compassionate human beings I have ever talked to. She has a great perspective on life and really takes time to connect with you. She has a lot of different ways to cope and a lot of healing methods both traditional and non-traditional. If it were not for Christina I do not know how I would handle life. She is truly a wonderful human being. Thank you again Christina.

Written by A.L on Dec 03, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 1 month stress, anxiety, addictions, family, grief, and self esteem

I really enjoy using BetterHelp and look forward to Christina's messages.

Written by S.E on Nov 29, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, trauma and abuse, grief, eating, and self esteem

Christina is wonderful, patience and kind. She helps me to get in touch with my feeling and helps me to understand who I am. I am happy I was paired up with her. Thanks to her, I am able to work through my depression and better myself.

Written by S.A on Nov 16, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 1 month intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

Christina has been great. She is always ready to listen and acknowledges my thoughts and feelings, making me feel very comfortable. I look forward to continuing working with her.

Written by Y.A on Nov 14, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, parenting, self esteem, and anger

Christina is attentive and understanding. She has a way of wording things that have helped guide me on my path in an empathetic and delicate way and for that I am extremely thankful. I would strongly recommend her :)

Written by V.I on Nov 13, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 3 weeks depression, and stress, anxiety

Great help!

Written by D.A on Nov 02, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 1 week depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, sleeping, parenting, self esteem, anger, career, and bipolar

Christina is very easy to talk to. If you came here for an easygoing friend, you found her.

Written by B.R on Nov 02, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 2 days depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, eating, and self esteem

Despite me being very skeptical in the beginning, Christina proved to me otherwise - she was absolutely amazing. She was very understanding with everything, she listened, I really could see she read absolutely everything through, she worked her way through to make me feel safe and better and it almost felt like she knew what to say and ask exactly the right things at the right time. I clicked with her perfectly and can recommend her to anyone, especially with a traumatic past.

Written by A.L on Nov 01, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 2 days

Ms Polizzo was attentive to my concerns and offered a comfortable safe space to express my inner thoughts. She offered clarity, empathy and knowledge. I highly recommend her.

Written by H.E on Oct 29, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks depression, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

Christina is absolutely AMAZING... she is so kind, caring and understanding. I would highly recommend Christina... without her I wouldn't be here now!!

Written by H.E on Oct 25, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 2 days depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, and relationship

Christina is very caring and understanding.

Written by C.A on Oct 21, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, parenting, self esteem, and career

Christina is extremely helpful. She feels like both a therapist and a friend and I'm very happy I got her as a counselor.

Written by V.E on Oct 18, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 1 week depression, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, and grief

I absolutely love Christina's approach and understanding, she is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I went through a serious trauma in my life and she provided me with the tools to pass through it faster, with more confidence. I highly recommend her to anybody who is going through a lot in their life, because she is an extraordinary professional.

Written by M.I on Oct 17, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 1 month trauma and abuse, and self esteem

In thirty five years of therapy (on and off), I feel better in only the six weeks of therapy I have had so far, in working with Christina.

I would highly, highly recommend working with her!

Written by P.A on Oct 07, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 1 week intimacy-related, parenting, and self esteem

Christina has been and is a wonderful support. I entered this process not sure what to expect. I was confused and needed to face life changing decisions. Christina was quick in understanding the nature of my problem and was very honest in telling me her opinion on what was happening in my life. Using very gentle, helpful, and non judgmental language she helped me to see my life in a new and different way and in this way helped me to realise and come to terms with the decision I had to make. She is still helping me through a period of change and transition in my life. I highly recommend her for her honesty and for her human and gentle approach in helping her clients to discover their true selves and to find inner peace in their lives.

Written by A.L on Oct 07, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 4 days depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, eating, parenting, self esteem, anger, and career

Straight to the point. Caring and eager to talk I feel comfortable and feel like Christina is helping me.

Written by F.R on Sep 01, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 5 days relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and anger

Christina is awesome. I haven't known for a while but speaking to her just makes me feel okay. He ask me questions and she gives plenty of advice (as she should, lol) but I love how she digs deep in what I am saying. Christina you rock !!!!

Written by G.I on Aug 29, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, eating, self esteem, and career

Christina is wonderful to talk to.

Written by T.A on Aug 28, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 3 weeks

While I'm still new to the counseling process, I've found Christina to be very helpful and supportive in providing feedback and suggestions to help me address issues that I've found it hard to find solutions for. Having a counselor available to assist me has given me the opportunity to resolve some problems I've been dealing with for quite some time, without needing to go to a distant office during regular office hours. Thank you Christina!

Written by J.O on Aug 17, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, family, intimacy-related, and parenting

Christina has been wonderful. She has helped me deal with my situation and put things into perspective. I can whole heartedly recommend her.

Written by K.I on Jul 09, 2016 after counseling with Christina for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, self esteem, and anger

Christina is absolutely fantastic!

Ever since the first exchange of messages, I felt like Christina was truly listening and this encouraged me to be fully open with her. The conversation immediately became a non-judgmental space and through talking with Christina, I found that my general mood during that time was much improved.

There was no pressure whatsoever for me to talk about any one thing, and if mid-conversation I decided I wanted to talk about something else, we did. She made it very clear that I should talk about something when I want to, no matter what it may be.

Towards the end of my time with her, Christina asked me about an issue I had brought up in one of our first conversations, and had not mentioned since. I thought this was amazing. It shows that she doesn't just scan through what you say, she really does take it on board and care if you're improving or not.

I would 100% recommend Christina! No doubt, if I decide to use this service again, I will be requesting Christina once again!