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Maria Cristina will be offering pay-what-you-can therapy (0-$25) from May - December 2022

Get to know Maria Cristina (she/her)

Welcoming a new baby can be both rewarding and challenging, no matter how experienced you are as a parent. If you are feeling overwhelmed, sad, or “just not yourself”, you may be experiencing the effects of post-partum mood disorder (depression, anxiety, OCD, etc.). Many individuals suffer in silence, worried that their issues are not “big enough”. I am here to assure you that there is no minimum threshold to meet before you reach out. As a mother of three, I know we can all use a bit more help and support at times. My role is to help you through this new journey.

I am a master’s student in counselling psychology and have undergone specialized training in perinatal mental health and birth trauma, as well as grief and loss. I believe in an open, respectful, non-judgemental therapeutic space. I use techniques from a number of modalities (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Theory, Strength-Base Therapy, etc.). Together, we will find what works best for you.

Education/Trainings: - Perinatal Mental Health Certificate, Birth and Reproductive Trauma Certificate, Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Trainings. - Training in Acceptance and Commitment Theory (ACT) for Grief and Loss. - Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (in progress), Yorkville University - Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Psychology and Italian, University of Waterloo