CHRISTINE M. CABRAL, MA, RP
I am a registered psychotherapist and a Ph.D. Candidate in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto. I have a breadth of experience conducting comprehensive psychodiagnostic and forensic assessments, as well as providing individual and group therapy for various concerns with adolescents (approx. age 13+) and adults.
Through the therapeutic process, which promotes self-awareness, personal growth, and positive change, we collaboratively explore the emotional, cognitive, behavioural, and interpersonal factors impacting one's life. I have extensive training in evidence-based interventions and work primarily from a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) approach. Among the difficulties I treat are mood and anxiety disorders, including posttraumatic stress, as well as interpersonal difficulties, self-esteem, stress management, and life transitions. When appropriate, I also integrate other therapeutic approaches, such as Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and Psychodynamic Therapy, in order to meet clients’ individual needs.
My professional training includes completion of my pre-doctoral residency at the Psychological Trauma Program of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and at the Health and Wellness Centre (formerly Counselling and Psychological Services) of the University of Toronto. Prior training includes positions within the Mood and Anxiety Program at CAMH and forensic programs at CAMH and Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. Currently, I am completing my doctoral dissertation, which is focused on bystander intervention of intimate partner violence.
My primary therapeutic approach is cognitive-behavioural. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) framework focuses on the interconnections between thoughts, feelings, behaviours, and physical sensations. From this perspective, changes in thoughts and actions influence change in emotional experience. CBT is an evidence-based approach and is considered the gold-standard in the treatment of many conditions and concerns. It involves employment of numerous strategies and development of skills to effect change, and requires some in-between session practice.
I also provide consultation and a wide range of workshops related to mental health and psychology (e.g., clinical skills, stress management). Organizations interested in advisement or educational events, please contact me for further details and collaboration.