CHRISTINE MARYANNA GABRIEL
Marriage and Family Therapist
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Seton Hill University, Pennsylvania, USA
Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) – HELP University College, Malaysia
In Pursuit of USA Marriage and Family Therapy License (Pennsylvania)
International Family Therapy Association
We live in a world full of unrealistic expectations that make it difficult for us to acknowledge the gift that we are to ourselves and to others. When we learn how to tap into these gifts that lay dormant within all of us, we begin to heal. It is my passion to journey with people to help them value their own worth and to tap into their internal resources, not only to cope successfully through life’s challenges, but to grow through them.
Education & Clinical Experience
I received my Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy from Seton Hill University, Pennsylvania, USA. My supervised clinical experience included working as a family-based therapist at Familylinks (Pittsburgh), an outpatient intern therapist at Seton Hill Center for Couples and Family Therapy (Greensburg) and a family-based intern therapist at Family Services of Western Pennsylvania (Greensburg).
At Familylinks , I attended to children and adolescents with serious emotional and behavioural challenges by working with their parents, siblings, school and psychiatrist. I helped clients work through different types of trauma including physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, as well as intimate partner violence. I also helped clients with emotional distress, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, parent-child conflicts, gender identity issues, self-worth struggles and sibling conflicts.
At Seton Hill Center, I worked with couples who were court-mandated to resolve couple conflicts as well as to improve communication and parenting skills. I was part of the US Government Headstart program that provided comprehensive services to low-income children and their families targeting early childhood education, health, and nutrition as well as parent involvement. In the program, I worked closely with my supervisor and team to execute the “Building Skills for a Better Tomorrow” program where we utilized play as a way to increase emotional awareness and to build coping skills for children ages 3 to 5 years old, who had issues coping in class and with peers.
Currently, I am pursuing my USA Marriage and Family Therapy license which requires supervision from an approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Dr. Johnben Loy is serving as my supervisor.
I am deeply passionate about increasing awareness of mental health in Malaysia as I see the crucial need for people to receive mental health support. I am also interested in research about trauma and relationships in the Malaysian context.
Approach to Therapy
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I consider the multiple systems that clients are a part of. This includes race and ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religion, spirituality, social class, level of ability, family history, peers, and work. Considering these multiple systems helps me to see each individual client as a whole person.
While I am open to working with clients of any age and presenting issues, I have a particular interest in journeying with clients to heal from past and current trauma, and to develop the skills and support system that they need not just to survive, but to thrive in life. As your therapist, I am honoured to provide the best possible care for you from the intake to the termination session.
Therapy, however, is not magic. It is a process. It requires commitment, work, patience, and perseverance. It is a process of healing that takes place as you journey with me. It is very important to me that you feel safe, validated, heard, seen, and that you can trust the therapeutic relationship you have with me. The rewards are great as you come to see yourself, your relationships, and your life in fulfilling and meaningful ways!
Duration and Frequency of Therapy
Your journey with me will begin with an intake session of either 75 minutes (for individuals) or 100 minutes (for couple or family sessions). During the intake, I will assess the context of your specific concerns and provide recommendations and suggestions. Should you choose to work with me after the intake session; subsequent sessions will run for 50 minutes (individuals) or 75 minutes (couple and family sessions) where I would work with you to develop your treatment goals. Length of treatment differs based on varying factors and needs.
When I am not voraciously reading about mental health and social justice, I enjoy the company of warm friends and family with good food, watching movies, going for quiet walks with my partner, laughing, learning new skills and invoking the child within me.
English, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil
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