Hello and welcome! I am Christine Cuhaciyan and I am a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Washington. I was born and raised in Seattle and lived in Arizona for five years during undergrad before retuning back home. I grew up in a family where anxiety and depression were very prevalent and as a result I knew I was interested in Psychology since the age of 16. At a young age I started reading books about Eastern Philosophy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I love learning and reading about human behavior and I am fascinated by how the brain works. I have a ten year old son and a tuxedo cat named Licorice. In my spare time I enjoy reading, listening to podcasts, hiking in the Summer months, and spending time with family and friends.
For undergrad I attended Arizona State University where I earned a Bachelor or Science in Psychology. I continued on at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA to obtain a Master's in Counseling Psychology. As a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) I have experience working with people from a diverse array of backgrounds and experiences. During my internship, I worked in community mental health with individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar, and schizoaffective disorder. Through my experiences working with this vulnerable population a pattern I saw emerge repeatedly was a history of trauma. Trauma is a catalyst for so many of the mental health issues that people seek counseling for.
In my private practice a major focus has been helping people recover from narcissistic abuse and codependency through psychoeducation, understanding relational trauma, family of origin issues, and learning to become empowered through assertive communication and healthy boundaries. While many of our wounds can be created because of damaging relationships, I firmly believe that this is also the place where healing can take place. This healing work must be done in the presence of a “safe” witness,” and that is where I come in. I can create a safe, welcoming, and compassionate space for you to be vulnerable and express what is troubling you.
-DV101 Comprehensive Training, New Beginnings
-Illness Management & Recovery, Minnesota Center for Chemical & Mental Health
-Male Trauma 101: Engaging Males to Heal from Trauma, Healthy Minds Group: Training for the Mind
-Motivational Interviewing, North Sound Behavioral Health
-Family Law for the Mental Health Professional, Joseph Shaub, LMFT, JD,
-Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Eric Gentry, Ph.D., LMHC
-EMDR Training, Darlene Wade, MSW & Terence Wade, Ph.D., EMDR Consulting
-Narcissism & Addiction Workshop
-Cognitive Processing Therapy, Medical University of South Carolina