Therapist Profile

Name:
Ms. Christine L. Dufond, M.A.
Professional Title:
Location:
5427 Montgomery Dr. Suite F Santa Rosa, CA 95409
Phone:
(707) 483-8232
Location:
4527 Montgomery Dr. Suite F Santa Rosa, CA 95409 UNITED STATES
Phone:
Email:
License Number
LMFT53645
Practicing Since:
2008
Additional Licenses:
Marriage and Family Therapist

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
My main emphasis and experience is in both couples counseling/marriage counseling and individual counseling for adults and adolescents. I also love working with families! I have an emotionally focused-mindfulness based orientation. Hence, I draw from both Eastern and Western Psychology. My focus throughout the counseling process is to provide my clients with the support, guidance, insight, and tools needed to sustain them on their unique path of healing and growth. Some of the major aspects of my role as your counselor are: to help you identify your goals; heal/resolve/make peace with any past wounds; to help you to align with your own innate strengths and abilities; to collaborate with you in the therapeutic process so that you feel empowered and supported on your path of healing and growth; and to provide you with some new insights and skills to aid you on this magnificent journey. My approach to counseling is to guide my clients to the awareness that the difficulty they are experiencing can, for the most part, be replaced with growth. All they have to do is choose growth and stay committed to the process. All difficulty in life is an opportunity for growth. We just have to decide that we are ready to move on from a state of stagnancy, negativity or despair to state of actively striving for and achieving growth. The path of growth leads us to a life experience that has more meaning, more harmony, more joy, more love, more connectedness to ourselves and others, and more mutually satisfying relationships with loved ones. Using a blend of mindfulness counseling, soul based counseling, and emotionally focused counseling techniques, I help my clients learn how to find their own unique path of growth. The goal is then for this path to be woven into your daily lifestyle so that you can achieve an increasingly better quality of life as you become more and more adept at using what you have learned. I am continually in awe of the beauty that comes out of the struggle for my clients. I believe that inside all of us is an innate ability to cultivate the gardens of our souls and our relationships and restore harmony and balance to our lives in a way we may have never thought possible. Sometimes we just need a safe, unbiased, sacred space to really focus on what it is that our soul is trying to tell us. Then, with some gentle, unbiased guidance and the acquisition of a few new insights and tools, we can free ourselves from our often unconsciously self-imposed limitations. What a sense of self-empowerment it is to realize that you have the strength, ability, and inner light to lead you to your soul's desire! Indeed, it is a very liberating, profound experience.

About My Practice

Office Hours
I offer daytime, evening, and weekend appointments.
Services
I offer a safe, supportive environment and the guidance to help you heal and resolve difficult issues. Here are some of the types of services I provide (If you have any questions, I offer a free 20 minute phone consultation): -Couples Counseling -(learn to soften & open your heart, overcome rigid patterns of conflict, trust work, build intimacy, help with emotional reactivity and handling triggers, keeping passion alive...) -Sex Addiction Counseling - (Gentle, mindfulness based approach to overcoming sex addiction and/or internet porn addiction.) -Self-esteem/ Self love work - (softening and opening your heart to yourself & learning how to become your own biggest advocate) -Teen/adolescent counseling -(depression, trauma recovery, coping w/ parent's divorce, adulthood transition,..) -Depression - (changing negative thought patterns and learning how to use mindfulness and soul work to overcome negative patterns and stuckness ..) -Pre-marital counseling - (tools for cultivating intimacy & harmony & avoiding pitfalls,...) -Divorce/co-parenting counseling- (grief work, learning to nurture yourselves & your children & keep the peace) -Parenting education- (from babies to teens and adult children) -Alcohol or other Substance Abuse or Addiction recovery - (healing, self-monitoring, developing a new system with mindfulness and a support plan) -Blended families (support, education, couple and family process) -Life transitions - (help with empty nest, serious illness, aging, seeking meaning in life,..) -LGBT Issues - (coming out, family planning, career planning,..) -Grief/loss - (death of loved one, ending a long term relationship, divorce,..) -Anxiety - (including OCD, panic disorder, agoraphobia,..) -PTSD/Trauma recovery - (car accidents, abuse, rape, assault, developmental trauma disorder, war,..) -Domestic/partner violence - (Physical, sexual, verbal, emotional. Please note: a phone screening for perpetrator lethality is required in cases of physical abuse- I may decline to work with you and alternately give you the phone number to a Domestic Violence Shelter for counseling if you are the victim and still in the relationship and if you are the perpetrator you may alternatively be given the phone number to a men's or women's 52 week anger management counseling program. However, partner violence is not a mandated report unless the victim is a minor or children/minors are being endangered or are being traumatized by witnessing it.) -Child abuse recovery for the adult or adolescent survivor- (physical, sexual, verbal, emotional)
Insurance
Other, Sliding Scale, Victims of Crime
Credit Cards Accepted
None
Free Initial Consult
No
Offers Teletherapy
Phone

Education

Degrees
I have a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University College in Roseville, California. I have a BS in Sociology and a minor in psychology from Black Hills State University in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Area of Specialty

Specialites:
Addictions
Adolescents
Anxiety
Attachment Therapy
Career Stress and Changes
Childhood Trauma
CoDependant/Adult Children of Alcoholics
Communication Skills
Couples
Crisis Intervention
Depression/Clinical Depression
Ethnicity/Multi-Cultural Relationships
Families
Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Questioning
Grief/Loss Terminally Ill
Hypnosis
Issues of Abuse (Abused)
Issues of Abuse (Trauma)
Individual
Interracial Couples
Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Men's Issues
Other
Pre-Marriage Counseling
Relationships
Religious/Spiritual Orientation
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Single Parents
Step/Blended Families
Stress
Telephone/Online Therapy
Trauma
Victims of Crime
Women's Issues
Working With Therapists

Other

Theoretical Orientation
Attachment
Eclectic (Many Therapies)
Emotion Focused Therapy
Humanistic/Existential
Other, e.g. NLP, EMDR, etc.
Somatic
Transpersonal Psychology
Certifications
I am licensed with the State of California as a Marriage and Family Therapist -MFC#53645
Languages Spoken
English
Ethnicity
Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)

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