The relationship you have with yourself is the most important relationship of all. The relationship you have with yourself is critical because it is the foundation for all your other relationships in life. It considerably affects events in your life, including your relationships with others, your career and goals, and how you care for yourself and your children.
Bringing consciousness awareness to your own inner world can bring a more peaceful and kind presence in your daily life. When you gently bring attention to the way you interact with your thoughts, emotions and stories you tell yourselves, some of the anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, worry, stress and self-esteem naturally no longer dominate your identity.
I invite my clients to begin this journey with gentle curiosity and a sprinkle of open-mindedness.
I am a holistic therapist, I believe in treating the whole person. In my many years of practice, I have unequivocally learned you can not treat the mind without treating the body and can't treat the body without treating the mind. As I specialize in anxiety management, I use mind-body techniques to manage the effects of anxiety. I am also a health coach, so I address how your behaviors, beliefs, habits, and stress impact your health choices.
Mindfulness and self-compassion psychology are two powerful ways to help manage this inner self-discovery and expand your ability to tolerate more uncertainty. If you are interested in learning and then practicing the art of mindfulness I hope to be a resource for you in your journey. If interested, we can also incorporate mind-body-spirit modalities as well. Talk therapy is helpful, but combined with mind-body modalities outcomes are even more effective, such as incorporating breathwork, Reiki, guided meditation scripts, movement aimed at down-regulating your nervous system to help you feel calm, and if interested even EFT (tapping).
Please visit my approach page to learn even more about how I conduct therapy.
Clients I see:
I counsel individuals 16 and older wanting to manage anxiety, stress, mild/moderate depression, emotional eating/binge eating, health coaching, support LGBT, grief, family of origin issues, postpartum mental health, past trauma, mindfulness training, and couples enrichment counseling I also specialize in working with other counselors.
I offer reasonable private pay fees
Below are a few of the areas we can explore - The goal is to increase your self-resiliency.
Online Counseling in OK and TX. I also offer office visits in Tulsa
Counseling is directed toward managing and living with anxiety-related issues. I love to use a holistic approach to address anxiety. Anxiety impacts our body as much as our minds. I combine several methods from the field of neuropsychology, stress physiology and somatic (mind-body) and self compassion therapy.
The polyvagal theory and somatic movement and their application in addressing acute stress, trauma and anxiety provide you with knowledge and skills to amplify your innate ability to self soothe
Mindfulness and self compassion
Practice how you relate to yourself through a compassionate lens. When in distress we tend to self-criticize, speak harshly to ourselves or have unrealistic expectations. What if you responded with more kindness, patience, and understanding? What if this actually made you stronger? Society and our upbringing have influenced our self-talk.
Self-compassion addresses core issues related to feelings of unworthiness, depression and perfectionism. Combining mindfulness with compassion allows a richer dive into an authentic awareness of how you can allow yourself to be softer with yourself and for others.
How your nervous system impacts your mental health
Together let's learn how your nervous system impacts your communication style to your anxiety level.
You will learn how your nervous system impacts your mood. Well-being starts with the nervous system.
In these sessions, we explore how your nervous system is unique to you! Learn a fabulous tool to help you get to know how your different nervous system "states" and how each state impacts your thoughts, emotions and your body.
Learn a practical tool to help you connect with your mind-body system in a healthy compassionate fun way
Couples enrichment, is different from traditional couples therapy. Couples enrichment is best suited for couples interested in enriching their connection and communication along with mindfully exploring ways to develop more awareness about their partner. Participating in couples enrichment services doesn't mean there's a problem in the relationship, but looking to tune up the relationship.
If you have a stable relationship right now but are wanting to find ways to deepen your connection and have more meaningful daily connections then enrichment counseling could be a proper fit for your situation.
Please note it's not suitable for couples in conflict or thinking of divorce read more below.
Emotional Freedom Technique (aka tapping)
Tapping is based on the combination of Ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology.
Also, based on mind-body awareness it is more of an alternative tool.
It consists of tapping with your fingertips on specific meridian points while focusing on negative emotions or physical sensations.
Research yes has shown this helps calm the nervous system, rewire the brain to respond in healthier ways, and restore the body’s balance of energy.
Tapping works with our midbrain region and our nervous system to help the calming centers regain strength.
Hi I'm Christina Spinler, a clinically trained licensed therapist and a mindfulness life coach and I'm also a certified yoga teacher specializing in trauma-informed yoga. My focus is on teaching foundational skills to help you listen to your inner wisdom and manage the stressors in life-related to individual issues and relationships. Our ability to manage stressors and our feelings can impact the quality of life!
I am an affirming and inclusive ethically driven person. I utilize a mind-body-spirit (not any particular religion) view on healing. I personally think it's important that my clients know they are in a safe and judgment-free zone during our time together, as we all know it can get really rough out there in the world!
I see what I teach as a practice of learning how to live on planet Earth with more compassion - a sense of being grounded in the chaos! It's learning how to live a more consciously aware and less reactive life. - skills you can use throughout your entire life!!
Blogposts are for educational purposes only. They should NOT be used as a substitute for psychotherapy or treatment advice. If you are feeling suicidal please go to her nearest ER/Psychiatric Facility.
The national suicide hotline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
National abuse hotline: https://www.thehotline.org/help/
**** Please note I am not able to provide crisis services (Tulsa Copes crisis line: 918-744-4800 and national suicide: 1-800-273-8255) as I am an individual outpatient provider with limited resources so I may not see your text or message for maybe 8 hours. If you are feeling suicidal go to your nearest ER/Psychiatric facility or dial 911.
Outpatient therapy is once weekly counseling, it is a good fit if you are able to function in your day-to-day activities, able to have an acceptable diet, not having suicidal thoughts, drinking not out of control and no fear of self-harm. If you need more than weekly it may be an important sign that you may need a higher level of care that ethically I can not provide, if you are not able to perform your daily activities, have suicidal thoughts, not able to control your drinking, not able to maintain enough calories for eating disorders or feel unsafe.
Intensive outpatient or inpatient care are two other options. Laureate in Tulsa has both options to explore. www.saintfrancis.com/laureate/psychiatric-care/adult-mental-health/