Christine has worked with youth for over 15 years in various treatment settings, including public schools, day treatment, diagnostic and emergency care, inpatient psychiatric treatment and community based residential care. Christine currently works part time for the Clark County Juvenile Court in Vancouver, WA and for Mind Matters, PC, a child and family psychiatry clinic located in Beaverton, Oregon. Additionally, she maintains a small private practice with a specialty focus on the assessment and treatment of juveniles who misuse fire. Christine strives to practice mindfulness in her everyday life and is interested in mindfulness as a foundational skill for behavior change.
Christine has conducted psycho-educational groups based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills and is exploring ways to apply DBT philosophy and skills to milieu and corporate settings. Christine is a co-founder of Safety Zone, LLC, a corporation formed to create developmentally appropriate intervention materials to assist professionals who work with juveniles who misuse fire. In 2009, Safety Zone, LLC published a therapeutic board game for fire department interventionists and mental health workers to use with children age 6-12, who have misused fire. Christine facilitates community based intervention groups for children who misuse fire and their families, and has presented at multiple workshops and conferences on this topic.
Christine has a BA in psychology/ sociology from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She received a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Denver. Christine is a member of the State Fire Marshal’s Treatment Strategies Task Force and co-chairperson of the Multnomah County Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention Network. She is also a member of the American Psychological Association and Division 13: Society for Consulting Psychology.