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SPECIALTIES

Cancer

Years in Practice

10 years +

where

Los Alamitos CA 90720 - United States

Credentials

MA, MFT

Additional Expertise

Counselor/Therapist, Hypnotherapist, Marriage/Couples Counselor, Psychotherapist

I Practice in

My state/province only

I AM FLUENT IN

English

I Believe

Keeping Hope in Our Hearts Will Lead Us to Great Happiness

About Christine Lustig Ortiz

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than fifteen years of experience in the field of mental health.  I received my Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and my Master’s in Psychology with a Marital and Family Emphasis from the California Graduate Institute in Westwood and Irvine, California.  I also completed Paralegal Studies at New York University in Manhattan, New York.  I believe I have also become the psychotherapist and wellness coach I am today due to my extensive international travels during the eleven years in between my Bachelor and Master Degree studies. 

I currently enjoy my private practice in Southern California in which I have worked with individuals, couples, and families for the past eight years.  I have a broad range of training and experience which includes helping people heal from complex trauma, and helping people struggling with depression and stress.  It is rewarding to work with people who are motivated to learn how to communicate effectively and positively, and to learn skills that evolve from life's challenges.   I enjoy incorporating Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and clinical hypnosis into the collaborative work between myself and the people I work with.  I work with cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and positive psychology as well as other modalities.    I also enjoy working with people who want to manage depression and reduce stress by focusing on specialized topics such as grateful living, and creating life balance.

I am thankful to be in the presence of people from all walks of life on a daily basis.  Human diversity and multi-cultural intelligence are very important to me.  Throughout the years in both my education, personal life, and my travels, I have learned philosophies that incorporate studies such as meditation, and body work such as yoga and dance.  Somehow focusing on each breath and accepting our current emotional state makes each moment peaceful to anticipate regardless of tough times.  This balancing may create a continuous sense of calm, and motivation and creativity are sustained.   Compassion for ourselves and others is enhanced. 

Listening and being listened to are important in my interactions with others.  I believe hope and resiliency can be fostered and sustained in all of us.  I believe it is wonderful that each of us defines happiness differently, and that we can all seek to learn what our happiness is and will continue to be as long as we keep hope in our heart.