Hello, my name is Christina Garza and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor here at Stenzel Clinical Services. Relationships are a vital part of life and being able to create and foster healthy relationships is something I want to help clients navigate. I believe that in every action, thought or emotion, it is important to have a sense of community and feel affirmed in who we are. I feel that it’s important to step into someone’s world and see life from their point of view. Our lives are overwhelmed by moments of joy and despair and my goal is to walk alongside my clients, engage in their lives, and help to restore hope in themselves and others.
I earned a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Wheaton College where I learned that every client is the expert in their own story. I enjoy working with adolescents, young adults and adults as they process some of life’s tough transitions. Sometimes, these transitions are accepted by culture, such as starting high school, going off to college, trying to find a job, dating, etc. Other times, there are social and cultural factors that make it more difficult to face transitions and to feel accepted. I am passionate about empowering everyone I work with, which includes those who identify within the LGBTQ+ community. My approach is to listen first and to help clients identify and live by their values. While working with teens and adults, I have seen how stress, anxiety and depression influence daily life. Talking about self-esteem, learning to increase emotional self-awareness, and practicing coping skills is something that can create more positive impacts in a teen’s life and help to prevent more serious issues in the future.
When I work with all clients, I am energetic in identifying strengths and talking about what matters the most to them.