Christina Di Cesare, MA Counselling

I have spent a great deal of time working within the health and wellness realm, as well as the field of psychological sciences and mental wellbeing. Through previous work, I have diversified experiences collaborating with children, youth, and young adults in both an educational and social setting, as well as exploring developmental research as an assistant in a cognitive development lab. My personal experiences with therapy as well as my passion for wellness, healing and connecting with others propelled my own reflective journey and my desire to work within this field as a counsellor.

Through previous work experience with Direct Neurofeedback, I am a strong advocate for the mind-body connection and exploring how trauma and various stressors present themselves physiologically. Having a background in dance, yoga, and athletics, I am also passionate about the interplay of movement and psychological well-being within the healing process. Outside of the therapeutic space, I enjoy physical fitness and wellness, trying out new food and cafes, and spending time with friends and family.

Areas of Focus:

  • Children & Youth
  • Relationships/Relationship Dynamics
  • Stress, Anxiety, & Depression
  • Trauma
  • Self-Esteem & Self-Compassion
  • Negative Thinking & Negative Thought Patterns
  • School-Related Challenges

Therapeutic Approach:

I recognize that newly entering the therapeutic environment can be a daunting experience. Throughout our time together, I will be with you every step of the way – prioritizing your emotional safety and providing your optimal space for growth and healing. No two therapy sessions are the same and as such, the treatment process and our time together will be tailored to your individualized needs and goal trajectories. Woven into my therapeutic approach is a trauma informed, strengths-based and culturally aware framework in which your unique story and experiences drive our sessions.

I practice from an integrative theoretical lens, with an emphasis on humanistic and person-centred approaches. I often incorporate elements of the following into my work while also pulling from other modalities if seen fit…

  • Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Attachment Theory
  • Somatic Therapy
  • Mindfulness

Individualistic client needs are at the centre of my work, and I believe in continuously adapting and shaping the therapeutic process to best align with you. Through this approach, we will collaboratively work towards attainable goals down a path that fosters self-discovery, self-growth, and self-acceptance.