Your Journey Toward Healing Starts With Taking Just One Courageous Step
Cristina Smugala - Certified EMDR Therapist St. Louis
I am honored to guide you on your recovery journey. My goal is to support you in facing your fears, your distress and any complications you may be facing. Through my personal journey into self-acceptance and healing I understand the value of having a therapist that you can trust, that feels attuned to your needs and emotions and holds you in support and respect. When I reflect on the factors that helped me heal I always think back to how truly understood and seen I felt for the first time. This allowed me to begin holding myself and my worth with compassion and love, which at the beginning of my healing journey felt like an impossible goal to achieve. The ability to have love, compassion and acceptance for the self are powerful healing forces that I strive to ignite, recover and unlock in my clients. I have 100% confidence in your ability to heal, grow and change. You will never regret making an investment in yourself and your life, after all what can be more valuable than you?
Specializations and Qualifications To Provide Counseling Services
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Therapist, Certified EMDR Therapist, member of the American Counseling Association, member of the EMDR International Association and a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts in Human Growth and Development Counseling from St. Louis University. In addition to providing services at Restoring Clarity Counseling, I strengthened my skill set as a clinical therapist and family educator at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Treatment Center. I developed a unique specialty skill set through my experience as clinical mental health clinician at various intensive inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment centers in St. Louis focusing on the treatment of trauma as crucial to recovery from addiction. I offer you years of experience providing counseling services to individuals and couples that struggle with emotional difficulties, insecure attachment in relationships, trust and self worth due to the impact of trauma on their lives. I specialize in the treatment of trauma based anxiety, panic, depression, addiction and eating disorders. My practice focuses on resolving shame and healing from trauma to empower you to live the life you've always deserved.