Christine Griffith, M.A. IMFT, earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University and is working toward licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist at the California Family Institute. Narrative Therapy and Behavioral Health Psychology influence Christine’s clinical work. She uses a strength-based approach that facilitates the experience of new and preferred stories, or narratives, that are more aligned with each individual’s values. Christine believes that a problem does not define a person and that the goal is to transform the effect that the problem has on the individual. Christine’s therapeutic approach is also influenced by her experience as a Lifestyle Coach working with San Diego Fire Fighters and Los Angeles Police Officers to reverse heart disease, prevent illness and manage the effects of stress. She emphasizes a holistic approach to her practice to include conversations around nutrition, exercise, stress management, relaxation, humor and spirituality as it relates to mental and emotional wellness.
Christine’s experience in the mental health field includes working at the Pepperdine University Community Counseling Center, The Village of Hope and The Orange County Rescue Mission. She has worked with children, individuals, couples, and families experiencing the effects of homelessness, substance abuse, domestic violence, depression, anxiety, and other problems to cultivate greater confidence, richer relationships and emotional stability.