The Joy In Living
Virtual Behavioral Health Services
About Claudia Christina
I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have held different positions in the field of mental health for over 20 years, as senior executive, supervisor, field instructor, administrator and program developer. As a clinician I have worked with children, adults and older adults. I have extensive experience with survivors of sexual and community trauma and have trained therapists, students, parents, teachers, child welfare staff, attorneys and social workers in the topics of trauma, mental illness, acculturation, social service operations and wellness in English and Spanish.
During the COVID19 pandemic while seeing how many people whom I work with were impacted and successfully overcame their mental health challenges, I decided to create my own practice, The Joy In Living. My goal is to create a space to fortify yourself one breath at a time! My professional service portfolio includes psychotherapy, breath work, conducting psychological evaluations for immigration proceedings, clinical supervision for clinicians looking to obtain their license, and mentoring youth and young professionals.
I have a Masters Degree in Social Work from Fordham University. I hold a School Social Work License, a Certificate in Nonprofit management from Fordham University and a Certificate in Breathwork from the Whole Health Project. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Integrative/Holistic Therapy and Mindfulness. I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers and a trained mental health evaluator by The Physicians for Human Rights Asylum Network. I also hold a Seminar In Field Instruction (SIFI) certification from Columbia University.
My approach to the work is grounded in my commitment to social justice and empowerment. Because of my own journey as an immigrant, my own family being multiracial, and the importance of spirituality and faith in my own life, I have experienced both the joys of identity as well as the stress related to societal prejudice.
I strongly believe that my unique perspective of cultural awareness has been invaluable in providing effective therapy, clinical supervision, and making administrative decisions in program development to a wide range of individuals, including religious minorities, multiracial families, transgender youth, people with disabilities and professional individuals who are looking for outcomes in a diverse world.