Christine Gardner, MSEd, LPC

(She/ Her/ Hers) ​


I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing, as though I had wings. – Mary Oliver

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and provide individual, couples and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. I received a B.S. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh, a Masters of Science in Education from Duquesne University and further training in WPIC’s Structural Family Based Curriculum. Over the past 15 years I have worked in non-profit community mental health providing intensive in-home family therapy and case management, in a partial hospitalization program treating children ages 5-12, and in reproductive healthcare and family planning with adolescent girls and women providing counseling, education and crisis management.

My aim is to provide a safe therapeutic environment that nurtures client self-determination and growth.

Specialties

  • I enjoy working with and welcome members of the LGBTQ+ community. Through personal experience and professional training I am committed to supporting and empowering children, adolescents, adults, couples, parents and families navigating issues including sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, as well as relationship health. I am here to provide you with the culturally affirming support and the encouragement you deserve in becoming your authentic self.
  • Most of us have or will experience some sort of trauma and loss in our lifetime. It may be the result of a catastrophic event, a serious health diagnosis, a medical procedure or injury, a reproductive health issue, loss of a loved one, a career change, or move to a new location– it is defined by the individual. Regardless of whether the event is recent or distant survivors of loss and trauma are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety. I am here to provide you with a safe supportive space, to honor your feelings and to facilitate movement toward a more joyful and rewarding life.
  • I believe that “what happens to one member of the family happens to everyone in the family.” So, if one member of the family is experiencing distress it will impact all members of the family system and lead to instability and potentially dysfunction. In working with families my aim is to restore relationships and to rebuild a healthy stable family system. My approach helps members of the family move toward a better understanding of one another, improve communication, change behavior, resolve conflict and generate stability. This approach is appropriate for all ages and can be useful for individuals in resolving issues related to their current situation as well as issues related to their family of origin.

How I Can Help

My core belief is that we are never done evolving and are capable of growth and change throughout our lives. I utilize a Humanistic and Integrative approach to treatment. I feel strongly that each client is unique and is entitled to a personalized therapeutic experience.  As a person-centered therapist I believe that you know what is best for you. At it’s best therapy is a collaborative relationship. My part of that is to provide you with a compassionate and supportive environment – one where you feel comfortable sharing your hopes and dreams as well as your struggles and fears. Together we can then set goals and determine the best course of treatment. My hope is that our work together will facilitate growth toward self-determination and greater joy in daily life.

More About Me

I was raised by two compassionate medical professionals and by a loving grandmother – they instilled in me a strong desire to help others.  I am so grateful for their presence and influence. I’ve lived in various regions throughout the United States but for most of my adult life have made my home in Pittsburgh. One of my greatest accomplishments is having successfully raised a child. I now live with my very curious cat, Phoebe.

When I can I spend time in nature – the forest, the tide pool, the river walk, the vacant lot – they all nourish me. I’m an avid gardener and am compelled to grow way more than I have room for. My other love is Art – making it and looking at it. My most recent endeavor was building an Arts and Crafts style buffet with my octogenarian step-father.  Not sure what’s next….

Cost for Services: $90-$130
Insurance Accepted: UPMC, Highmark, BCBC, Cigna, Aetna, United, Optum
Payment modalities: Cash, Check, Credit Card, HSA/FSA Cards

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510 Third Avenue, Fifth Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

6507 Wilkins Ave, #108
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

info@forwardwellnesscounseling.com
(412) 660-6100

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