Therapist Profile

Name:
Christina Matso, PhD
Professional Title:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Email:
Email
Location:
3112 Palm Ave Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-3522
Phone:
(310) 545-1743
Website:
License Number
LMFT23056
Practicing Since:
1987
Additional Licenses:
MFT

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
Whether working with a child, an adolescent, an adult, a dyad or the whole family, I initially focus on the person suffering the most. I may do brief crisis intervention to stabilize a situation until an individual’s underlying issue has been crystallized. The life issue causing depression, anxiety and fear will then be addressed. My approach is to assist people in their own healing, utilizing their own strengths. My Ph.D. thesis focused on Women’s Cravings: A Search for Fulfillment. In groups and individual work with women, I have gained insight to women’s issues with food and how deeply related these issues are to our self-esteem.

A European immigrant, straddling several cultures for many years, I have an intimate understanding of the losses families experience when leaving their country of birth. The desire for a sense of belonging is innate in all of us as we continue searching, growing and learning.

About My Practice

Office Hours
9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sessions By Appointment
Services
Insurance
Credit Cards Accepted
None
Free Initial Consult
No
Offers Teletherapy
None

Education

Degrees
Ph.D., Human Behavior, Ryokan College, 1997 M.A., Clinical Psychology, California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1982

Area of Specialty

Specialites:

Other

Theoretical Orientation
Behavioral
Brief/Solution Focused Therapy
Cognitive-Behavioral
Cognitive
Communications
Developmental/Depth
Eclectic (Many Therapies)
Family Systems
Narrative
Psychodynamic
Psychology
Certifications
Languages Spoken
English, Swedish
Ethnicity
Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)

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