Cristina is fully fluent in both Spanish and English
Hi! Welcome to my web page! I am a clinical psychologist in private practice with my main office in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada along with a part-time office in Guelph. Psychology is a fascinating field offering opportunities to work with a variety of interesting people to share in their growth while overcoming obstacles and I feel privileged to be part of my clients' lives. I tend to be pretty optimistic while searching for effective and viable solutions to life issues and to foster growth and positive change. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) approaches investigate how changes in thinking patterns, behaviours and body states can create positive changes in outlook, emotions, and relationships and reduce stress. Psychodynamic approaches may investigate personal strengths and defences. Couple and family approaches look into the various roles and relationship issues that we experience while working to improve communication. A variety of these methods may be used to promote healthier thinking, feeling, behaviour and body states.
In addition to my training in clinical psychology, I have had an ongoing interest in sport and fitness that began when I was very young. My father was an Olympic Bronze Medallist in canoeing at the 1948 Olympics and my uncle was an Olympic Silver Medallist in canoeing at the 1952 Olympics so it's in our blood! I was a 16 yr-old Canadian age-group champ in track and went on to compete in a variety of track, cross-country and triathlon competitions, winning several (eg, Springbank 15k; Oakville 10k) and second in some larger competitions (eg, Around the Bay Road Race in Hamilton; South Australia Triathlon Champs). I am still active in running, biking, cross-country skiing, skating, weight-lifting, swimming and hiking. In addition to competing in athletics I turned to coaching and became the Head Coach at Univ of Waterloo alongside the incredibly dedicated coach Don Mills. For a while our men's cross-country team was ranked #1 in Canada which was exciting. I also enjoyed a season as an Assistant Coach of the Univ of Tennessee Men's Soccer Team when they won the Southeastern United States Championships.
*A psychologist in private practice, registered with the College of Psychologists since 1994 (24 years); scored 90.5% on registration exam (unusually high score)
*Also part-time Adjunct Professor at University of Waterloo, helping to train new clinical psychology PhD students
*Trained in Cognitive-Behaviour-Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, and couple/ family treatment approaches
*PhD in clinical psychology from University of Waterloo, 1992; thesis on optimal and individualized human performance factors; year-long internship at University of Manitoba Health Sciences Centre; ran for varsity Track and Cross-country teams and became Head Coach at Univ of Waterloo for 2 yrs
*BA from University of Tennessee, double major in Philosophy and Psychology "with highest honours;" ranked #1 at UT for ISEP (International Student Exchange Program) and attended Flinder's University of South Australia for 1 yr; chosen to represent philosophy undergrads on Dean's Council; ran for varsity Track and Cross-country teams
cell: 1-(519) 589-2818
fax: 1-(519) 856-0925