Christine Zwart

(MS, LPC, CAT)
Therapist Christine Zwart Photo

About Me

Hello, thank you for your interest in counseling on the BetterHelp platform. As a Licensed Professional Counselor of over 22 years, I offer individual Counseling, Neuro-Cognitive Therapies, Trauma Work (EMDR, Body-Centered Integrative Therapies) as well as guide evidence based Contemplative Practices including Meditation, Energy-Body Healing, Qigong, Mindfulness Practices and a multitude of Breathing Exercises. My approach is compassionate, client-centered, transpersonal and holistic. I feel grateful to provide services to a diverse population online during this global pandemic. I hope to support you through your current challenges to the success and fulfillment you are seeking in life. 2020 has definitely magnified so much for so many and now is the time for processing, healing, transformation and new growth!

If you are interested in counseling, you are welcome to jump right in and start sharing your personal situation and concerns. Talking things through with a compassionate listener provides much needed support. Being seen, heard and acknowledged for what you are going through informs self-reflection and clarity. This may lead you to make choices and take actions that change your life circumstances. As you explore your process, I will listen carefully and offer some tools and guided practices to help build skills and broader perspectives. I am very enthusiastic about my work and glad to answer your questions about counseling, my approach and techniques. Ultimately, you are in charge of the direction and focus of therapy. I welcome open communication and personal disclosure. In the initial phase of counseling, "Reflective Listening" and "Motivational Interviewing" may be helpful as you identify what you want and need from counseling and life. I encourage you to commit to your process as you develop inner resources and build the momentum to go deeper. If you are interested, I'll introduce and guide body-centered "Focusing", "Creating Space", and Breathing exercises for immediate results that help to open and relax your body and mind.

When we are facing challenges, both internal and external, we experience our own vulnerability, navigating unfamiliar territory and relationship dynamics. We may not know where the journey is leading. We may resist change and push hard against it. Our defenses can be activated and our nervous systems can go into overdrive or melt down. This is when we are most sensitive to patterns of past conditioning, self-defeating thought patterns, negative emotions, old habits, toxic relationships, compromising situations, etc. It's important to know that the survival reflex is trying to help support and protect you so that you can rise to meet the demands of your circumstances. We honor this process of recognizing and releasing the chronic defenses of stress. We allow these to show up, and we meet these with self-compassion and kindness. We bring in tools that soften our reactivity and need for defensiveness. We get to know ourselves better, and feel more comfortable in our own skin, as we open to healthier ways of being in life and relationships. I provide effective, easy- to- learn tools to support your nervous system in greater Balance, "Resilience" and "Flexibility".

If you have experienced past trauma, counseling can present the opportunity to explore ways to integrate and resolve negative experiences of the past. It can definitely help to see the landmarks and to achieve milestones along the path. My work involves supporting you to meet yourself and your experiences as fully as possible, with presence and self understanding. Aligning heart-mind and action as a deeper process unfolds that will lead to healing and lasting transformation. I encourage you to stay with it. I want you to benefit from this time together and to gain greater confidence with new tools you can use throughout life. You can observe for yourself the natural progression to a renewed sense of Self, trust in life again and the freedom to express yourself in more whole, healthy and creative ways. It is possible for wisdom and empowerment to arise from the depths of our human struggles. And it is very normal for resistances to show up. Let's talk about this process and how I can help support you.

If you are experiencing grief and loss, I offer a safe, caring and respectful environment to explore your inner experience. Psychotherapy is an opportunity to become more aware of all levels of being; physical, mental, emotional and spiritual awareness, and to discover how all of these levels work together. I can help you find your way through. I offer a compassionate heart, good listening skills and simple, straight forward and clear, therapeutic ideas to support your health and wellbeing. You will always have choices to explore and are invited to share your deepest convictions and truest sense of Self.

Often in counseling you are able to identify root issues and shift conditioned, self limiting patterns, even integrate neuro networks of past trauma. You may also come to greater awareness and acceptance of loss and also heal resentments and embrace forgiveness of self and others. As you apply new skills in your daily life and activities you gain a true sense of inner strength, inner authority and self confidence. New opportunities show up for you and relationships blossom because you have made the commitment to stay with your process as you move forward. You become more empowered to speak your truth and make choices that are right for you. My wish for you is that you experience a renewed sense of hope, inspiration and the self empowerment to pursue your dreams and goals. You may even fall in love again, with yourself, with others, with life.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I have devoted over 30 years to personal and professional studies, experience and training in the fields of Psychology, Healing and Wellness. While at University I worked inpatient and residential mental health settings with teens, adults and elderly populations. I achieved Master of Psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in the School of Biomedical Sciences. Clinical expertise include: client-centered process, body-centered therapies, neuro-integrative therapies with adult and childhood trauma work, psychiatric rehabilitation, cognitive behavioral and behavioral approaches.

My love for the Rocky Mountains lead me to Colorado in 1992, where I pursued work studies with Charles Bebeau, Ph.D, Founding Director, School of Transpersonal Psychology and achieved a certificate of graduate level training in Jungian and Archetypal Psychotherapy in 1996. Humanistic, Existential and Transpersonal theory provided a rich foundation to offer the therapeutic support to follow, amplify and guide clients' deep transformational experiences. Additionally, I have studied symbolic systems for over 20 years and offer education and personal exploration of archetypal process and the symbolic language of Dreams, Astrology, Runes, I-Ching and Tarot.

Inspired personally and professionally by benefits of the powerful experiences of healing and transformation, I pursued the exploration of Meditation, Body-Energy Cultivation, Reiki, Qigong and Tai Chi. I trained internationally with Master Ming Tong Gu of China and Gaspar Garcia of Spain. I completed several more years of comprehensive studies in contemplative and healing practices at the Center Place with Damaris Jarboux combining multiple traditions. My work and path of self actualization intensified with the additional disciplines and studies offered by Lawrence Conlan, Ph.D. of Passionate Ease Personal Growth Training. My work during those years also involved independent contracting with Psychologists and Neuropsychologists on the front range and establishing a private practice in psychotherapy and EEG neurofeedback seeing patients with Traumatic Brain Injury, Psychological Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Grief & Loss and mixed diagnoses.

Please schedule a session. I would be honored to work with you on your journey of lasting transformation.


Specialties

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

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 22

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #0001814 (Expires: 2023-08-31)


Reviews

Written by A.S. on Sep 14, 2021 after counseling with Christine for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Christine is kind and she listens to my concerns and issues. She is wonderful at providing me or guiding me through different techniques that help reduce my stress and anxiety. It's very obvious she cares strongly for her patients and has helped guide me through a difficult grieving process. I would recommend her to anyone that is interested in mindfulness or trying new types of therapy.

Written by S.H. on Jul 15, 2021 after counseling with Christine for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

She’s great! Always puts in extra time and extra effort to make sure I’m taken care of.

Written by H.E. on May 11, 2021 after counseling with Christine for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Christine is amazing! In the short time I’ve worked with her she has helped me through so much and helped me heal on a deep spiritual level! She is the best and I’m so glad I’ve connected with her

Written by J.E. on Apr 26, 2021 after counseling with Christine for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue

Christine has been an invaluable resource for me. She is not only helping me through my issues, but offered guidance and wisdom. I am grateful that she is my counselor.

Written by J.A. on Apr 12, 2021 after counseling with Christine for 7 months on issues concerning grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Christine understands my issues and has given me good ideas to work through my issues. She is very perceptive and skilled.

Written by J.E. on Mar 27, 2021 after counseling with Christine for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Christine brings such a great energy, and combines different techniques to each session.

Written by B.R. on Mar 23, 2021 after counseling with Christine for 6 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

Christine has been instrumental in helping me understand a variety of topics within my life. Not only walking through my separation and divorce with me but we have also analyzed dreams, started looking at childhood wounds and so on. She is supportive and constantly offers an insight I would not have thought of. I truly believe she has helped me better manage my quality of life despite my circumstances.

Written by D.A. on Mar 19, 2021 after counseling with Christine for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Amazing personality who really listens

Written by D.A. on Mar 17, 2021 after counseling with Christine for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

In the 3 appointments I've had with Christine I've noticed and marked difference in how I feel and it's all been good.

She's a great listener and inputs different ways to view things and to help solve personal problems.

Written by K.A. on Jan 09, 2021 after counseling with Christine for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd

Christine has become invaluable to me. She has used many ways to help me recover from my constant depression and anxiety. It is a work in progress. She has given me worksheets to help me begin to see myself in a new light. I feel that she and I have bonded.

Written by K.I. on Dec 14, 2020 after counseling with Christine for 3 weeks

Christine’s knowledge, experience, presence and compassion have allowed me let my heart open and release long held beliefs and grief. I love her background with transpersonal psychology, her knowledge of various schools of thought around spirituality and her willingness to meet me right where I am, while feeling completely safe and held. I am deeply grateful for Christine’s work!

Written by R.Y. on Nov 12, 2020 after counseling with Christine for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

I appreciate Christine and all she has done to support me. I have always felt nervous about counseling but she always is able to put me at ease with ever session. She is such a lovely individual who has used various methods in our sessions to help support mental and spiritual healing. I'm very happy with the change I have seen in myself so far and look forward to more.

Written by A.B. on Oct 22, 2020 after counseling with Christine for 4 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Christine has been exactly what I needed during this time. I've had a lot of traumatic events occur in my life for someone so young and it's been difficult finding a couseler/therapist who will be patient and listen. Sometimes I just need to express my emotions and sadness when there isn't much to be done fromt he couseler's end, other than helping me create healthier patterns and talking me through the worst feelings. Christine is encouraging and so kind. I am thankful to be paired with her.

Written by S.H. on Aug 18, 2020 after counseling with Christine for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Christine is extremely patient and gentle when discussing things that could be upsetting. She is helpful in helping me to identify what I can improve and she is never shy about expending herself more and giving extra help!

Written by K.I. on Aug 09, 2020 after counseling with Christine for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Christine is amazing to work with, she hears what I need and comes up with appropriate methods to help me! She’s very sweet and has made my experience outstanding so far!