Christine Mrazik, LPC, comes to our practice with over 30 years experience as a psychotherapist. She is offering therapy and counseling in our Wexford Counseling Center. She offers a holistic and integrative approach to counseling, believing when the mind-body-spirit are part of the healing process, so goes the healing of a person’s relationships with self and others. Christine has extensive experience in women’s health throughout the adult life span, including individual, couple’s counseling, and group therapy for gay and heterosexual women who are pregnant, postpartum, suffering from infertility, pregnancy loss, mid life and the aging process, chronic pain, illness/disease and sex therapy for sexual dysfunction.
She was named a Senior Clinician by her peers and supervisors at Magee Women’s Hospital of UPMC where she has practiced for over 11 years. She is an approved provider by UPMC for psychological assessment for men and women seeking bariatric surgery for weight loss. She is the former Bereavement Coordinator for Forbes Hospice, having a deep interest in anticipatory grief, acute/post traumatic stress disorders, and depressive disorders. She has worked within cancer centers as a counselor in Cleveland and Pittsburgh for over 10 years where she advocated and facilitated the communication between patients and their doctors. This helped to provide safety and support to patients and families who were in acute need of medical care during the terminal stages of disease when stress and grief are most profound.
Counseling involved integrative approaches to healing specific to the use of visualization, music, mindfulness meditations, and compassionate, real-time end of life discussions. She was often asked to teach medical students about how to break bad news to patient’s and families to avoid crisis in clinical outreach and care. Christine is very drawn to working with disenfranchised grief/loss issues with those that have few words to speak for themselves, like minorities in all populations. She successfully conducted group therapy with lesbians who were adjusting to mid life, aging, and partner loss. She is studying and seeks to become fluent in Spanish to continue her work she began as a volunteer in migrant communities in North/South Carolina, working with addiction issues and family separations. As a therapist, Christine enjoys a collaborative approach which means that the therapeutic relationship is a mutual effort towards dealing with the circumstances and burdens of our lives that have made us often resentful and afraid of changes we may need to make. Making the choice to change our lives is not without exhausting every opportunity to avoid our suffering that has often originated in our difficult childhood relationships, causing us to unconsciously carry these relationship styles into our adulthoods. To that end, Christine offers compassionate, in depth psychotherapy that offers the possibility for lasting change, art therapy, Cognitive behavior therapy/DBT, and mindfulness-based interventions including visualizations and body centered awareness, systems therapy for couples and families, along with collaborative treatment planning with psychiatrists. In her free time, Christine enjoys being in nature with her dogs and cats, conserving the environment, home renovations, and being with her family and friends.
To schedule an appointment with Christine Mrazik, LPC, in our Wexford Counseling Center, call us at 412-314-1909