Christy Sharer, LPC, NCC

You would benefit from my services if you are experiencing any of these challenges:

  • Trauma, Abuse and/or Grief (Adults and children)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (children)
  • Anxiety (Adults and children)
  • Depression (Adults and children)
  • PTSD (Adults and children, non-combat related)
  • Women’s issues (including Postpartum Depression and Anxiety)
  • Behavioral Concerns in School
  • Involvement with CYS, foster care or adoption services
  • Family relationship issues
  • Parent/child conflict
  • Self esteem issues

My approach

My clinical approach acknowledges that the strength of the relationship between client and therapist is just as important within the change process as the clinical interventions that are utilized.

As a therapist, it is my job to create a safe space for my clients to feel comfortable exploring topics or areas of their life that are causing them distress. My approach is a gentle one that empowers clients to feel a greater sense of control over the issues they are experiencing in order to decrease feelings of helplessness or hopelessness.

With children, I achieve this through the use of play based techniques, using engaging activities that help children to strengthen their emotional awareness and self regulation skills, which is the ability to calm themselves down and change the way they are thinking about or approaching the situation. With parents, I incorporate resources that can be used at home to help manage behaviors and encourage children to use the strategies we’ve discussed in the office.

With adolescents and adults, my role is to provide support, acceptance and encouragement during the process of working through challenges and improving mood and well-being. I often incorporate the use of relaxation strategies and tools to use outside of sessions.

My therapeutic approach is integrative and blends Person-Centered and Humanistic values with Cognitive Behavioral techniques. I am trained in the use of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidence based program for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. I am also certified as a Childight Yoga Instructor for children ages 2-15.

About Me

After receiving B.A.s in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Penn State, I began working as a certified parent educator and later as a reunification counselor. During my studies, I was actively involved in many organizations and volunteered as a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Counselor Advocate with the Centre County Women’s Resource Center.

I graduated with a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in 2012, and completed my graduate internship and practicum under the mentorship of Rachel Love, Ph.D. at MidStep Centers for Child Development. I also worked for a community based mental health agency, providing mobile therapy and outpatient therapy services.

My passion for working with children and women has led me to pursue further training in childbirth and helping new parents and parents to be. I completed an educational doula training program through Madriella, and also became a certified volunteer Breastfeeding Counselor through BreastfeedingUSA. If you are interested in contacting me for breastfeeding related inquiries and no cost support, please email me at Christy.s@breastfeedingusa.org

 

You can reach me at Christy@takingflightcenter.com