Christa Hines, LCSW, CADCII, EMDR, TRE® & SSP Certified, IFSL1 Trained


I am a psychotherapist, licensed (in Oregon and Washington) as a clinical social worker and certified as an alcohol and drug counselor, drawing on over 30 years of experience in the field. I utilize an array of trauma informed, somatic approaches that are evidence-based. In the realm of psychotherapy, I am trained and certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming) and (L1) trained in IFS (Internal Family Systems). I use these approaches separately and in concert with each other to promote the natural healing process that exists in the mind and nervous system. I practice Polyvagal Informed Psychotherapy and utilize complimentary somatic based approaches with certifications in TRE® (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises) and SSP (Safe and Sound Protocol). I also specialize in working with chronic illness and dysregulation as it presents in physical symptoms that reflect an upset in the functioning of the autonomic nervous system. My primary foundational belief is that our mind and body operate as one organism, which contains its own healing potential.

In the therapeutic relationship, I find that it is a privilege and an honor to sit with people in partnership as we look to the issues that need attention. I believe my role is to facilitate the process that unfolds as people find their truth within. It is my belief that therapy is a vehicle to help people create the reality they want for themselves, especially when they are feeling stuck or disconnected from the life they would like to have. This includes moving to a state of regulation in the nervous system and accessing the wisdom that already exists in a person’s brain chemistry and somatic experience.

All sessions will be offered virtually as a preferred option while mask mandates remain in all health care settings.

"I will not rescue you. For you are not powerless.  I will not fix you. For you are not broken. I will not heal you. For I see you, in your wholeness.  I will walk with you through the darkness as you remember your light."

 An Indigenous Medicine Woman's Prayer