peace of mind. peaceful life.
Perspective Shifter, Brain Science Lover, Trauma Warrior, Self-Care Strategist, Green Space Enthusiast, Creativity Cultivator
Areas of expertise.
Trauma, PTSD, Sexual Assault, Women’s Issues, Self-Esteem/Self-Image, Depression, Anxiety, Life Changes and Adjustment, Mindfulness, Self-Care and Wellness, Work Stress/Work-Life Balance
Person-Centered, Strengths-Based, Collaborative, and eclectic with a focus on mind-body approaches, and rooted in brain science and research; Mindfulness, EMDR, CBT
We are all shaped by the experiences, relationships, interactions, and ups and downs of life, and that these can impact our core beliefs, sense of safety and belonging, relationships, how we view ourselves, and how we learn to see and interact with the world around us. These encounters can knock us off course or bring our “old stuff” to the surface. Sometimes, we have challenging times in life simply because of what we were taught to believe or feel about ourselves. Once people become aware of those harmful messages and learn to defeat them, they can lead much happier, healthier lives. My goal is to help you get back on course, heal the old and new “stuff” that arises, and build the strength, skills, and successes to confidently move forward in your life.
My approach as a therapist is to get to know you, to gain an understanding of where you are in your journey, identify where you want to be, and create a plan together to get you there. I will walk into this collaborative work with you with no judgment, but with openness and encouragement. I like to include a variety of tools and interventions specific to you and your interests, including creative activities (such as art, writing, music), mindfulness practice, mind-body approaches (Emotional Freedom Techniques or “tapping,” breathwork, guided imagery), brain-based strategies, nature and green space, physical movement, and more.
Trauma is a specialty of mine and in addition to the tools and interventions above, I am trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and will begin an advanced trauma certification program in September. If you have experienced trauma in your life, I am here to help. Addressing trauma can be difficult for you, but I will proceed with patience, compassion, frequent check-ins during sessions on how you are doing, and with sound, evidence-based interventions to help you overcome it.
I would be honored to accompany you on this journey as you work to create the life you want.
Between stimulus and response there is space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
Often attributed to Viktor Frankl, but unconfirmed
Christina Lipscomb MSW, LICSW
Appalachian Life Enrichment Counseling Center
Self-Proclaimed Artist, Shark Week Fanatic, Food Adventurer, Blessed Auntie, Book Lover, Campfire Enthusiast, Mermaid at Heart
I am happiest when creating…whether that be with paint, through cooking, building something, or making fun memories with my family. I am a big proponent of self-care, setting boundaries to protect one’s time and space, and finding the joy in life. I believe that a sense of humor and laughter are often underrated gifts for healing. I am easygoing, I promote peace and calm, and I love helping people discover their own inner strength and light.
In most of my free time, I can be found reading, creating, enjoying the green space outdoors, taking photographs, finding something new to learn, and going barefoot (except when I am in my Birkenstocks!). I treasure books and can get lost in a painting for hours when pursuing artistic inspiration. I love music and most days have an all-genre playlist going.
I have worked in child protective services, foster care, inpatient and outpatient behavioral health, crisis intervention, private practice, and with the state sexual assault coalition. I have been a therapist for nearly 20 years, and I am always learning and seeking out new information to provide the best interventions I can for clients.
Christina Lipscomb is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in WV. She has completed extensive training around trauma, trauma treatment, and sexual assault, and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She has additional training in mindfulness practice and EFT. Christina has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from West Virginia University, as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Fairmont State University. She has worked as a therapist in outpatient, inpatient, partial hospitalization, private practice, community mental health, and residential programs.
Christina has worked as a Program Manager of Outpatient Therapy and Crisis Intervention and as a Director of Therapy and Social Services. She has also served as a project coordinator for the state sexual assault coalition. Christina has years of experience providing clinical training, education, and supervision (for both students and licensing candidates). She has provided wellness and self-care training to both providers and clients. She previously served as a Mental Hygiene Examiner. Christina will begin an advanced trauma treatment certification program in the Fall of 2021.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
- West Virginia
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)