About Cristi

As a school counselor, I could see kids needed more help than I could provide in the school setting, especially those who had experienced trauma! I began training in the most effective therapies for treating trauma: EMDR (click to learn more about EMDR) and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy(TF-CBT). After further training in Play Therapy, I opened my private practice, Heart Space llc.

The helping field of Social Work caught my attention in the 1990s when I was studying music at Colorado State University. I immediately changed my course of study and graduated with my bachelor’s degree a few years later. I focused on elders and hospice care for 16 years.

I became a mother and my life flipped upside down (in a good way)! I was so in love with my children and their little friends. I just knew I just had to work with kids and parents!

I earned a special education teaching certificate in 2010 at Western State University, then taught students with significant needs. Later, I earned a school specialist certificate in Social Work when I graduated from the University of Denver with a master’s degree in Social Work. As a self-professed “brain geek,” I am passionate about learning and applying brain science in my practice with children and their parents. And, as a lifelong learner, I continually strive to integrate the best, most effective, research-based techniques into my practice.

When I'm not in the office, you might find me nurturing flowers in my garden, hiking with friends, or unraveling a mystery novel. My favorite pastime is reading in nature with the sound of the breeze in the trees and the smell of the flowers in the air. I find Montrose, Colorado, to be the perfect environment for such pursuits.

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