Christina Kocharakkal

She/Her

Clinical Supervisor | Registered Marriage and Family Therapist | Registered Psychotherapist

Fees

$175+ HST for Individual Counselling
$175+ HST for Family Therapy
$175+ HST Couple Therapy/Relationship Counselling/Marriage Counselling

Supporting Ages

Adults 18+ | Children Under 12 | Teens 12-17

Language

English

Service Type

Couple/Relationship TherapyFamily TherapyIndividual TherapyPerinatal TherapyTherapy for ChildrenTherapy for Teens

Form of Accessing Therapy

In Person Therapy BurlingtonIn Person Therapy MississaugaVirtual Therapy

Particular Areas of Focus

Self-Worth, Trauma, Parenting (alignment challenges, conscious parenting, co-parenting, stress etc.), Separation/Divorce, Communication, Conflict Resolution, Infidelity, Intimacy, Pre-Marital Support, Relationship Strengthening etc.

I am constantly growing in the various identities I hold: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Sister, Friend, Colleague, Supervisor, Therapist, Community member, and Settler. Within it all, I am a person who values vulnerability, accountability, humour and deep meaningful connections. In the winter you’ll find me under multiple layers and in the summer, you can find me where the food and dance-like-no-one-is-watching music is at. I’m still looking for my “hobby”, but I have concluded with confidence it doesn’t involve sports-ball. Sarcasm and wit are my love language but when I am feeling down, a good ol’ safe space to cry and be held, fills my emotional cup. Looking forward to getting to know you!

About me as an Individual Therapist…

Hello! Welcome to your first step in inviting meaningful change in your life and in your relationships. I am a Registered Psychotherapist and a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist of 8 years. My individuality is rooted in: my cultural identity, the roles I hold (as wife, mother, sibling, friend, child, and therapist), & the values I hold (for respect, authenticity, care, community and fun).

In individual therapy, I invite you to connect with me, to explore the values you hold dear, what is getting in the way of honouring those values, and then collaborate in creating concrete steps to getting you closer to where you hope to be! Although it is just you and I in the room, often we will explore your relationships with concepts and/or people outside of the room, that are influencing who you are and who you want to be.

I truly believe you have the strengths and capacity to invite the change you are looking for and lean into the fact that you are the expert on you and your situation. I am just the expert on asking the right questions. There might be some tough questions and moments. Fear not, I will be right there to go at your pace, gently challenge you, and hold a non-judgemental, anti-oppressive, safe space for you to grow and move into your best self. Scary as it might be, take a chance on you, because you deserve it!

About me as a Couple Therapist + Family Therapist…

Hello! I am a Registered Psychotherapist and a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist of 8 years. I’m a wife and a mother of two tiny humans. If you are seeking me out, you might be finding yourself in a place where you are tired of living in the same patterns of frustration and upset in the relationships you hold. Be that your partner, friendship, colleague, community member, parent, sibling and/or child. I am so happy you are here to invite meaningful change into these relationships and in your life!

When you work with me in the context of relationship/family therapy, you can expect us to explore the values each of you hold dear as an individuals and as a relationship, investigate what patterns are getting in the way of honouring those values, and then together we will come up with concrete steps to move you closer to where you imagine your ideal relationship to be and look like.

I believe you are the expert on you and your relationships, and I am just the expert on asking the right questions. There might be some tough questions and moments. I will be right there go at your pace, gently challenge you, and hold a non-judgemental, anti-oppressive, safe space for you to grow and create new patterns that invite deeper connections in your important relationships. The current pattern is no longer working for you, so lets co-create a new one together!

Experience


  • 8+ years of experience providing counselling services to individuals, couples and families ranging in ages in educational, agency and private practice settings
  • 5+ years at a Children’s Mental Health Agency setting in Toronto
    • Provided therapeutic support to children, youth and adults ranging in ages (0-24 years old) and their Caregivers/Parents
  • Over 1 year of experience in Private Practice
    • Couples
    • Families
    • Individuals


Education


  • Graduated with a Masters in Science Couples and Family Therapy, University of Guelph
    • This included 500 hours of direct experience with clients in the context of individual, couple and family therapy with specific training in the following approaches across two years: 
      • Dialogic Model 
      • Solution Focused Therapy Model 
      • Narrative Model 
      • Emotion Focused Therapy Model 
      • Aspects of Gottman Method
  • Bachelor of Arts Psychology with a Major in Psychology and a Minor in Family Relations and Human Development, University of Guelph 
  • Infant Mental Health Training (0-6 years old) – Infant Mental Health and Toddler/Youth specialist
    • Sick Kids Toronto – University of Toronto
    • Generational Trauma healing 
    • Inner Child Healing
  • Gottman Level 1 Training (In Progress)
Anti-OppressiveAttachment Based TherapyBrief Solution Focused TherapyDialogic/Collaborative TherapyEmotion Focused TherapyGottman MethodInner Child TheoryIntegrativeNarrative TherapyStrengths BasedTrauma Focused
Anger ManagementAnxietyBehaviour ChallengesBIPOC ExperiencesBipolarBoundariesBreak UpsBullyingBurn OutChild DevelopmentCo-ParentingCodependencyCommunicationConscious ParentingDeathDepressionDivorce/SeparationEmotion RegulationFaith/SpiritualityFamily RelationshipsFertlity ChallengesFriend RelationshipsGriefImmigration/EmmigrationImposter SyndromeInfidelity/DeceitLife TransitionsLonelinessLossMarginalization and OppressionMarriage and Romantic RelationshipsPanic AttacksParentingPerfectionismPersonal Identity/GrowthPost PartumPregnancy Challenges/ExperiencesRacial IdentityReligionSchool ChallengesSelf Esteem/Self WorthSelf HarmSex and IntimacySocial AnxietyStressSuicidal IdeationTraumaWork-Life Balance
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