CHRISTINE MARYANNA GABRIEL
US-Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Pennsylvania License No: MF000990)
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Seton Hill University, Pennsylvania, USA
Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) – HELP University College, Malaysia
Eye-Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR Part I)
Malaysian Marriage and Family Therapy Association (MyMFT) – Board member, Assistant Secretary
International Family Therapy Association – Member
Many of us fear the unknown. When we can move towards the unknown with curiosity and consistent support, we will have the opportunity to become the best version of ourselves and to have the relationships that we strive for in life.
Education & Clinical Experience
I received my Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy from Seton Hill University, Pennsylvania, USA. Prior to returning back to Malaysia to join Rekindle as a marriage and family therapist, my supervised clinical experience in America 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).
Over the past 5 years, I have been seeing clients from many different cultures and countries, including clients from Australia, New Zealand, India, Slovakia, Japan, UK, US, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Poland. I have worked with individuals, couples and families on communication struggles, extramarital affairs, struggles with physical and emotional intimacy, gender and sexuality issues, intercultural couple issues, as well as journeying with clients through the process of grief and loss. I am trained in EMDR, a modality I use to help my clients work through trauma and anxiety-related difficulties. My experience working with many different clients has enabled me to relate with people out of a stance of supportive and positive curiosity.
Approach to Therapy
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, my worldview is shaped by the belief that everything is interconnected. Race and ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religion, spirituality, social class, level of ability, and family history are some of the systems that shape the way we are connected with our “Selves” and others. It is my passion to journey with people and help them to 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.
Therapy does not provide instantaneous, magical results. It is a process that requires commitment, work, patience, and perseverance. It is a process of healing that takes place as I journey together with you, where you begin to trust the therapeutic relationship you have with me, and where I help you to feel safe, validated, heard, and seen. 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. Sessions that go longer than 75 minutes may be pro-rated. The length of treatment or number of sessions needed to work towards therapy goals may differ according to varying factors and needs.
In addition to my clinical work, I love teaching. I am a part-time lecturer at Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus teaching Marriage and Family related subjects. I love running, swimming, eating with great company of family and friends and invoking the child within me.
English, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil
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