From Christina W. Westbrook: I often consider myself a “late bloomer” when it comes to choosing a career. About the only thing I knew for certain about my career path as a young adult was that I wanted to help people. I started working in various aspects of the medical field, got married, and began raising a family.
It was several years later, after my family and I experienced an unexpected and devastating loss, that we decided to seek the help of a professional counselor. Through the process of counseling, we were able to work through our grief, and grow stronger and closer as a family.
As I began to heal, I realized that I wanted to become a counselor. I knew that this was how I was going to merge a career and my desire to help hurting people. I felt God calling me to this profession with an unquestionable sense of clarity and purpose.
So, in the fall of 2011, at the age of 28, I began working on my undergraduate degree. In 2014, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Phoenix, and immediately enrolled in graduate school. In 2016, I earned a Master of Science in Counseling from Southeastern Louisiana University. The experience of attending college while trying to balance the role of wife and mother was definitely challenging, but God proved Himself faithful by opening doors to opportunities that I could have never imagined.
Throughout these last couple of years, I have had the opportunity to work with individuals, couples, and families within my church. From these experiences, I have learned that even people of great faith experience heartache and struggle, and can greatly benefit from the therapeutic process of counseling. I also had the pleasure of working with many college students through my internship at Southeastern. It was through this experience, I gained insight into the unique challenges of young adulthood, choosing a career path, and coping with academic pressures.
Through my internship experiences, I have learned that I especially enjoy working with children and adolescents. I find their honesty, tenacity, playfulness, and resilience quite refreshing. I firmly believe that by helping children and adolescents learn healthy coping skills and boundary setting, the development of many psychological and behavioral issues in later years can be prevented. Therefore, I have a passion for working with children, adolescents, and their parents. My goal in this venture, is to help equip families with the tools they need to thrive emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Having been married for more than 15 years, and working to raise our three children, my husband and I are no strangers to the challenges of family life. I believe it is because of my own personal experiences that I am so passionate about helping other families through these struggles.
My areas of focus include working with children and adolescents, marriage and family issues, women’s issues, particularly infertility, pregnancy, and infant loss, and trauma, grief, and loss therapy.