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About Me

Cristina Wood LMFT, Psychotherapy Los Angeles, CA

About Me

26 years ago I had a turning point in my life. I was a mother of a beautiful 2 year-old girl and was separating from her father. My plans were to only have children with the man I was to spend the rest of my life with. Well, it didn’t work that way. Things happened and I needed to change my plans. I was feeling completely lost and didn’t know where to go. I had a stable job as International flight attendant in the biggest airline company in Brazil, I was also managing my own small business manufacturing acrylic home utensils and women’s jewelry and considered myself very stable. I had never thought I would be depressed one day in my life.

I was depressed. I could not stop crying. I could not work, I lost interest in all the things I used to love before, I was not sleeping well, I was not eating. Feeling overwhelmed I was afraid of not being able to make it. I was SCARED!

I had the responsibility to raise a child and I knew I would have to do it by myself. I knew I would not have any support from her father and that I would have to face the fact I was a Single Mother.

I became very anxious, I feared things that I previously would not fear like flying (which was not very promising for me as I was working as a flight attendant), I feared driving my car, I feared walking on the street and being robed.

I knew the thoughts I was having were irrational but I was not able to control and stop those thoughts. At that time my best friend suggested to me that I seek professional help. I felt I would not be able to fight depression and anxiety alone. I realized that I would need help.

For the first time, I had sought therapy. I met this wonderful professional who drove me through a path of self-discovery, empowering me to take control of my life again. It was a very hard process but well worth it. After 3 months I was back to work, I was having pleasure with the things I used to have pleasure before, and was completely recovered. I stayed in therapy for another 3 months to work on some other issues my therapist and I thought were important for me to take care of at that time.

Looking at that period in my life now, I feel blessed. It was at that moment in my life I decided to become a psychotherapist. I knew I wanted to help people overcome challenges the way my therapist helped me. I felt I had found the purpose of my life and started my education in Psychology.

The obligations of being a single mother delayed my education, I faced challenges and obstacles but I lived with the strong desire of becoming the best therapist I could become. I had to stop my education at a certain point but I continued reading books related to Psychology and continued the process of self-growth. When I was able to get back to school and finish my education, I was already in my 40’s, but I was still very determined to make a difference in people’s lives and helping them to overcome fear. All kinds of fear…

Throughout my journey as a woman, single mother, professional, and immigrant in a country like the United States, I’ve faced many obstacles. With the determination of challenging each one of them, I have had several breakthroughs in my life. I kept my belief that we already have inside us, everything we need to accomplish anything we want to in our lives. We have the ability – in the middle of a complete despair – to link ourselves with that little flame in our heart that fuels our soul and connects us with LIFE. The process can be challenging, but it is rewarding and enriching. It sets us free, makes us stronger and gives us the power to move in the direction of a life full of possibilities.

I graduated with my Master’s of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in 2007. I have been working with individuals, children, adolescents, and families since 2006 in different settings. I specialized in working with women facing all kinds of challenges.

Today my daughter is 28 years old. She is a beautiful young lady who received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2012. She is now pursuing her Graduate Degree in Speech Pathology. She has been my inspiration.

I am skilled, experienced and very passionate about working with my clients. Together we will develop the right treatment plan for you. Focusing on your needs, we will create a safe and healing environment where you can trust your intuitive process and use it for change and growth. You can develop a healthy foundation and get to know yourself better which will make your life more productive and fulfilling.

I encourage you to give me a call at (310) 600-0159 to set up your 15 minutes FREE phone consultation to learn more about how I can help you.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Cristina Wood, M.A., MFT


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12304 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 213
Los Angeles, CA, 90025
(310) 600-0159

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