Christina is an ally to marginalized populations and an advocate of social justice and change.
Christina is a Registered Social Worker and Registered Holistic Nutritionist who integrates mind-body modalities such as Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Reiki. Her practice has a specialized focus in eating disorder recovery, body image healing, anxiety and depression and has had the privilege of working with a diverse population of children, teens and adults. With an extensive background working in adolescent mental health, Christina draws on other certifications and has been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT) to name a few. Currently, Christina is in the process of working towards a PhD in Social Work at the University of Toronto, with a research focus on the interconnection between nutrition and mind-body health.
Christina’s passion for the integration of nutrition and mind-body modalities while working in the field of mental health arose as a result of her own personal experiences having grown up in a family where many of whom, struggled with mental health concerns. Her deeply connected relationship with her aunt and godmother Kathy however, was her greatest cheerleader and inspiration. Through her challenges in having been diagnosed with schizophrenia, Kathy encouraged Christina to seek out alternative self help approaches. It was at the young age of 14 that Kathy had introduced Christina to her first book by Dr. Wayne Dyer, which paved Christina’s path to spiritual exploration.
As a teen, Christina also experienced significant health challenges after having contracted a virus that left her with debilitating migraines, mild kidney failure, chronic pain and bedridden. After having to quit rep soccer and drop out of half of her courses during her first year of high school, Christina’s mental health began to decline. It wasn’t until she came across research indicating that nutrition and mindfulness could heal and improve migraines, kidney function and ultimately, elevate mood that she began to explore her nutrition and spirituality further. Now over 13 years symptom free and no longer in kidney failure, Christina feels passionate about the power of our own innate healing capacity.
A passionate foodie and runner, Christina loves to spend time in nature, be it camping, hiking, trail walking etc. Spending time with family and friends is so important for her as well and she can be found going on lots of tea dates with her incredible network of support.
Something that Christina would like everyone to know or remember:
“What we resist persists”, we need to feel to heal and in doing so we have the capacity to create significant shifts in our lives. We all have this within us at this very moment, it is accessible and so powerful. Take moments to pause, notice your surroundings, become the observer of your thoughts and watch as you begin to unravel and move past the patterns that may be holding you stuck from living a life of deep inner connection.
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