Christine Ibarra is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (BBS #:131193) and Life Coach who has been in the field of Psychology for over 10 years. Christine earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Davis, and her Master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Northcentral University.
Christine grew up all over the world, thanks to her family’s military affiliation, before spending her adolescence and young adulthood in Central Texas near the country’s largest Army base, Fort Hood. Christine’s father served in the U.S. Army for 20 years and her paternal grandfather was a pilot flying for the U.S. Army Air Corps in WWII. Because of this proud lineage, the military and our Veterans hold a special place in her heart, particularly as an underserved population in mental health.
Christine’s interest in Psychology was piqued in high school after taking her first Psychology class. From that moment on, her fascination with understanding how cognition, behavior, and feelings affect human experience would pave the way towards becoming a psychotherapist.
Christine began her hands-on mental health experience working with neurodivergent children and their families in a 1-to-1 intensive, play-based environment, providing mock pre-school support, parent training, behavioral intervention, and life-skills training. Christine advanced her experience working as a case manager providing 1-to-1 personalized educational, behavioral, and crisis intervention support in-school as well as in-home.
Christine has a specialty working with Neurodiverse couples. She works under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Lucking, PhD who is a published author, speaker, and expert in the field of Neurodiversity. Christine supports NT partners who are struggling with OTRS (Ongoing Traumatic Relationship Syndrome). She uses the Island of Shared meaning model that Dr. Lucking created to support ND relationships and partners to bridge the Neurodiverse gap that these relationships struggle with.
Comprehensively, Christine is experienced with groups, families, couples, and individuals ages 3+ with a multitude of behavioral, educational, and emotional disabilities and diagnoses, to include: mild to severe anxiety (GAD) and depression (MDD & PDD), autism (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar (BD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), intermittent explosive disorder (IED), and schizophrenia (SCZ).
Christine’s main modalities include: cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which is a form of psycho-social treatment that focuses on challenging and changing negative thought patterns in order to improve emotional regulation and develop coping skills to reduce symptomology; and solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), which is a strength-based approach to psychotherapy based on solution-building and a focus on current presenting problems and past causes. These modalities, coupled with a focus on advanced behavior therapy, attachment theory, and cognitive dissonance, allow Christine to serve a diverse and broad population.
Christine Ibarra Specialties:
- Stress management
- Attachment issues
- Family stressors
- Suicidal ideation and harm
- Behavior management
- Cross-cultural issues
- Life transitions
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
- Solution-focused Brief Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Narrative Therapy
- Cultural Competence
- Identifying and Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
- Prevention, Identification, and Reporting of Dependent Adult Abuse
- Trauma-informed Interventions for Youth in Case Management & Peer
- Motivational Interviewing
- Critical Incident Stress Management
- LGBTQ+ R.I.S.E.
- Rehabilitation to Address Functional Impairments
Clients: Children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, parents, Veterans, groups
Locations: Telehealth and Fremont Office
Christine is a member of Therapy InMotion
Nothing Worked until I met Christine
“Christine is one of the most caring and down to earth therapist. I’ve had therapy for a long time now, but nothing seemed to work until I met Christine. She listened to me and made me feel understood and cared for. She is easy to talk to and very patient if you are not fully ready to talk about certain topics. I am glad that I got the opportunity to have her as my therapist!”
– Teen client
Christine Gets Me
“I am really grateful to have crossed paths with Christine because I have been searching for a therapist that just gets it. I have had a couple of experiences with therapists and Christine truly stood out. She has a comforting nature that helps me open up about my feelings and thoughts. We have been meeting weekly for over a year now. She made me feel comfortable sharing my thoughts and feelings only after a short period of time. I have been through some tough patches of my life during my time in therapy and it makes it’s a bit easier when your therapist feels like your friend. Christine is almost like a sister to me, I feel comfortable sharing anything without feeling judged.”
– Teen client
I Trust Christine
“Christine has been an essential part of my personal development, guided me through the most difficult times of my life, and there is no one I trust more to discuss my fears, hopes, traumas, and feelings with.”
– Teen client
Now my Daughter Wants to go to Therapy!
“Christine, this if the FIRST time my daughter is looking forward to talking to a professional!”
– Parent client