"Healing takes time, and asking for help is a courageous step." -- Mariska Hargitay
Hi there! You have made a huge decision to take care of your mental health and I am so glad you're here. The hardest part is often times reaching out for help, but you have done just that and just know that I'm proud of you already.
My name is Christina Renzler, and I've lived in West Virginia much of my life. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of WV, and a National Certified Counselor. I received my Bachelors degree in Psychology & Family Studies from Alderson-Broaddus College in 2010, and my Masters in Counseling degree from Waynesburg University in 2012. I have 13 years of experience working in mental health and substance use disorders, using techniques such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, Relapse Prevention, and Trauma Informed Care. I've worked in a variety of settings that included inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, substance use treatment centers, acute psychiatric hospitalization, and local community mental health working with a variety of populations such as youth, adolescents, and adults. I have longstanding experience with those who struggle with mental health concerns, alcohol and drug abuse, relapse prevention, suicidal ideation, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, ADHD, anger management, relationship issues, and legal problems.
I am currently only working Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00am - 4:30pm EST!
I believe that a trusting relationship between the client and therapist is crucial to building rapport. I like to create a safe space for you to feel comfortable opening up about the most difficult topics in your life or on your mind. I like to meet you where you are in your healing journey in order to gain an understanding of your current stressors, what has been poking those emotional wounds, and help identify the goals you wish to achieve. I am passionate about helping you identify your current triggers, stressors and conflicts in order to help you develop healthier coping strategies to improve those areas of your life. I believe that quality of life in the current moment is extremely important.
When working with me, you will find that I have a laid-back conversational style approach to my therapy sessions. We can be structured when and if we need to be, but I find that we work best together when we can just talk with what you bring to the table, instead of me drilling you with questions. You will find that I talk a lot about attachment, control versus no control, how to self-regulate your emotions better, comfort yourself, and ways to change your self talk.
In my free time, I enjoy sitting on my front and back porches, crocheting, camping, working on and riding around in my Jeep Wrangler, spending time with my two sons, spending time outdoors, trying new dinner recipes, napping and being on the lake. I have quite the zoo at my house, with a dog, a cat, two bunnies and 22 exotic geckos!
Additional areas of focus: Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Attachment Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Divorce and Separation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Impulsivity, Postpartum Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing
WV LPC 2622
I am noticing an improvement in mood with the tools Christina has provided.
Written on Sep 13, 2023 after therapy with Christina for 1 month on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, and self esteem
Christina has been wonderful. She is able to decipher the things that bother me that I haven't necessarily thought of. Highly recommend her!
Written on May 26, 2023 after therapy with Christina for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Christina has been a vital piece in my understanding and positive change.
Written on Apr 21, 2023 after therapy with Christina for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, anger management, compassion fatigue, and adhd
She has been amazingly helpful with me and making therapy sessions easy and providing me great resources. Helped me out a lot over the past couple of months since joining!
Written on Apr 19, 2023 after therapy with Christina for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem
Christina has been so great and helpful! She actually listens to your problems and works with you to find solutions. :)
Written on Dec 26, 2022 after therapy with Christina for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue
She is very knowledgeable and friendly. She is easy to talk to and very helpful and understanding. I am so glad that I have her to talk to.
Written on Nov 20, 2022 after therapy with Christina for 4 weeks on issues concerning eating disorders, and self esteem