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Christa Whittington, MA

Registered Professional Counseling Associate and Art Therapist

My Personal Beliefs
As an art therapist I provide the opportunity to use visual metaphor as a form of deeper expression when words are often harder to come by. No background in art or identification with being “artistic” is needed. The process is more about finding your own meaning or discovering how the use of art materials may provide emotional regulation.

Whether through art therapy or other modalities I may offer, it is my aspiration to encourage clients of all ages to explore their identities, patterns, & relationships. I believe that healing is done in connection to each other and is a matter of holding all that you feel in your heart while having the courage to re-write your narrative at your own pace. A process that leads to integration and discovery of our personal truths. I recognize that stressful lived experiences may cause hardships in our lives and potentially lead to mental conditions that yearn for tenderness and care. Through offering a compassionate approach I strive to offer my natural warmth and non-judgmental curiosity to my clients regardless of identity, past history, cultural background, and economic status. I hope we may cross paths therapeutically and walk together as fellow travelers.

In my personal time I can be found engaging in my own creative process, reading, enjoying nature, and spending time with my dog, Rocco.

Identities: Pan, Femme, Irish and Scottish. My pronouns are she/her/hers.

Languages: English, French

About My Clients or Who I May Work Well With
My clients may seek to find greater connection through creativity. They may be experiencing depression, grief, healing from trauma, processing anger, anxiety, exploring identity formation, or going through life transitions. They hope to feel a little less uncertain and learn about their own light within. They feel open and motivated toward change and ready to put in the hard work it will take to unfurl their path.

My Approach
To aid my clients I practice the following theoretical orientations/approaches; Humanistic Client-Centered Therapy, Transpersonal Art Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, aspects of Internal Family Systems, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy for trauma, Attachment Theory, a Critical Consciousness Social Justice approach, and elements of Somatic Therapy.

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, Minor in French, Humboldt State University
Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health with a concentration in Transpersonal Art Therapy, Naropa University.

Insurances accepted

Private pay with sliding fee scale

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With prior authorization: Providence, OHP IHN, OHP Yamhill, OHP CareOregon

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