Provider type: Therapist
Christine Italiano-McDade is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Supervisor, and Nationally Certified Counselor with over 14 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Christine also possesses a passion for working with couples and is working towards obtaining specialized training in evidenced- based couples’ therapy. She earned her Master of Science degree in Counseling Education from the University of Wyoming in 2006. Initially, Mrs. Italiano-McDade focused on counseling children and adolescents with extensive histories of abuse, neglect and persistent mental illness at a long-term residential treatment facility. She worked closely with Native American tribes in the area to bridge the gaps between family, culture and community resources. Subsequently, life led her to working with adult survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as child observers of domestic violence. Over the last 10 years in Central Texas, Christine succeeded in the department of Psychiatry at Baylor Scott and White- McLane’s Children’s Specialty Clinic. As a psychotherapist, as well as adjunct faculty affiliated with Texas A&M Medical school, Christine interacted closely through lectures and clinical supervision of medical residents and psychiatry fellows. Childhood disorders, adjustment challenges, bereavement/grief and loss, healthy relationships, adolescence, sexuality, gender identity, anxiety, depression, as well as stress and trauma related disorders across the life span are areas that she is most practiced.
Message from Christine:
Listen with your heart. “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye”- The Little Prince
The therapy process can be like a voyage to the top of a mountain. Climbing a mountain can be time-consuming, exhausting and daunting at times. It is necessary to have the proper equipment in order to prevent serious injury. Even with adequate equipment, sometimes accidents happen, and points present throughout the journey that have you contemplate turning back or giving up. In therapy, motivation is the only equipment you need. The therapeutic relationship and process can create opportunities to discover new territory and claim victory over challenges.