Christine Dela Cruz is a Registered Clinical Social Worker, having completed a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Manitoba. She also earned an Advanced Bachelor of Arts degree, with a specialization in Psychology. Christine is registered with the Manitoba College of Social Workers (MCSW) and is a member of the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW). In addition, Christine is a Certified Anger Management Specialist-II (CAMS-II) and is a member of the National Anger Management Association (NAMA).

Christine uses a strengths-based perspective in the counselling relationship. She sees the client as the expert in their own life, and facilitates a safe place for the client to share their life story, draw meaning from their story, and make positive change.  Christine is known as being a truly empathetic and caring individual, who strives to work with her clients towards easing their burdens and developing realistic plans to make meaningful change in their life.

Attachment theory and the healing power of relationships is the basis of her work with clients of all ages.  Christine is well known for counselling children and teenagers who are involved with the child welfare system and have therefore experienced attachment disruptions and difficulties with stable, consistent and safe relationships.  Christine is committed to ongoing professional education and seeks out training on attachment, complex trauma, neurological diversity, anxiety, depression, grief, relationships and Indigenous issues.  She has over two decades of experience working with children, adults and families with varied backgrounds.

Christine has worked with many different populations and therefore has a truly balanced approach to working with people.  As a university student, Christine volunteered her time with a community-based correctional setting (youth and adult males), and later became employed in a correctional institution for adult males.  For over a decade, Christine worked with former military personnel and their families, encompassing issues such as mental health, trauma, addictions, anger management, employment difficulties, anxiety, family dysfunction, chronic illness, aging and adjustment. Christine also interned as a family therapist at the former Elizabeth Hill Counselling Centre, in the Strengthening Families program, working with families and children.  Christine worked for a First Nation community as a Therapist for several years, with a particular emphasis on working with children and teenagers struggling with issues such as loss, grief, anxiety, abuse, trauma, family difficulties and self-harm/suicidal ideation.  Christine now devotes her time fully to her private practice and is available for consultation.

 

Life Story Counselling is the business name of Christine K. Dela Cruz Counselling Services Inc.