Christina Weiss is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner working in the mental health field for over two decades. With experience at all levels of care from residential to outpatient treatment for both addiction and eating disorders, she is passionate about supporting the healing of trauma, which often lies underneath.
Christina comes to the Peninsula Health Center team, with a deep appreciation and like mindedness of the clinical expertise and non-shaming approach towards addiction treatment found here. At Peninsula Health Center, she runs a weekly group on Somatic Parts Work.
Christina is trained in both Somatic Experiencing and EMDR which provides the opportunity to engage and resolve in a supported way, automatic and patterned responses to trauma, anxiety, and overwhelm and relax into a growing sense of calm and ease. Utilizing these modalities an individual may have a more adaptive experience to sensations, emotions and thoughts contradicting those of fear and helplessness.
More recently, Christina trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS), focusing on Somatic Parts Work, which provides a deep understanding to the complexities of parts of ourselves (e.g. addiction) so that we may unburden that which no longer serves us and open up more space to self-energy and trust.
Christina holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Business from the University of Southern California and a Master’s Degree in Public Health Communications from Annenberg at University of Southern California, where she studied adolescent eating disorders and the media. She went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University with a focus on Spiritual Depth (Jungian). During her time at Antioch, she had the opportunity to study Attachment Theory abroad at Tavistock Institute in London.
Being in recovery herself, she understands the courage it takes to move towards vulnerability and honors the therapeutic space created for self-exploration and healing. In her free time, you can find Christina in the local hills of Palos Verdes hiking her pups, Lily, a rescue mountain dog from Taiwan and Layla, a rescue German Shepherd/ Husky puppy.