Christine  Hillegass, Psy.D

About My Practice

I have over 30 years of experience as a psychotherapist specializing in intimacy and relationship problems, abuse and trauma, addictions, and grief and loss. Like Socrates, I believe that the unexamined life is not worth living. Psychodynamic therapy explores how early experiences, especially with important people, shed light on current difficulties. If we either are too detached from or are too entangled in our pasts, our lives are either depleted or enslaved. However, psychology is not ‘excuse-ology.”  We can be responsible for freeing ourselves from these bonds in order to live more fully in the present. Psychodynamic therapy also yields longer term effects than do other therapies, including the fact that clients continue to improve over time even after therapy has ended.

In recent years I have also developed expertise in the teaching of mindfulness and meditation, for helping people with anxiety and stress-related illnesses and disorders. Although I believe that you cannot solve a problem without first understanding it, my style is integrative, believing in the value of teaching skills for improving people’s lives, when appropriate.

I work with young adults through seniors.