Christina Maki, LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Christina is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a near decade of experience. She is honored to work with kids, tweens, teens, parents, and families who have courageously chosen to seek help during times of struggle. She has spent time working in the foster care system, community mental health clinics, and private practice. In each of these settings, her primary aim is to help our most vulnerable population navigate some of life’s challenges and support the parent/guardian as you guide them. Christina’s style of therapy is relational, strength-based, evidence-based, and integrative.  Visit Christina Maki’s Biography Page

Christina Maki; Licensed Marriage Therapist at Fox Valley InstituteAs a marriage and family therapist, Christina focuses heavily on relationships. These relationships may be with ourselves, friends, family, significant others, schools, or even community. When individuals learn how to be successful in a relationship, they can learn how to get their needs met no matter the situation.

Christina believes this is especially important to teach our youngest population who currently face more stressors and mental health issues than ever before. Christina brings a deep sensitivity and nurturing approach to her therapy practice. She believes that individuals and family become who they truly are in a safe, welcoming, and loving environment — free from judgment and imposed expectation. In working with Christina, you can expect to feel unconditionally seen for who you are and safely encouraged to explore the most challenging parts of your life and relationships.

Christina received her Master of Science Degree from Friends University and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her ongoing training focuses on family, attachment, crisis intervention, and trauma. She is heavily influenced by the attachment and trauma models of Dan Hughes (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) and Karyn Purvis (Trust-Based Relational Intervention), while also working in Family systems therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Parent Management Training.

Christina has experience in the following areas:

  • Abuse
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Adoption
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Blended Families
  • Christian Counseling
  • Communication Issues
  • Complex Trauma
  • Depression
  • Family Problems
  • Grief & Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Marriage Therapy
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Parenting
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • School Problems
  • Self-Harm
  • Stress Management
  • Teen Substance Abuse
  • Trauma

 

Is Conflict normal in a relationship?

Conflict is part of all relationships. Even healthy relationships will have some conflict. However many people tend to avoid conflict because it causes them pain. The fact is that it is not a lack of conflict that predicts how healthy a relationship is, but rather how the conflict is resolved.

A Way to Understand Relationship Conflicts

Relationships are seldom as simple as we would like. They bring out our needs, anxieties, and conflicts with people from our past – parents, friends and former partners.

Our relationships with our partners are colored by our own personal legacies. We often react to our partners as if they were someone else – and most of the time this causes conflict in the relationship. After all, when we entered into a primary relationship we expected love, nurturance, and validation just for being who we are. A relationship, we usually imagine, should provide a safe zone where our partners cherish us for expressing our own unique qualities. This is a simple expectation. Why, then, does it seem so hard to achieve?

About Fox Valley Institute

Fox Valley Institute offers individual counseling, children counseling, adolescent counseling, couples counseling, marriage counseling, and family counseling services, as well as psychological assessment, neurological evaluation, life coaching, RRT, the LifeLine Technique, and Christian counseling.

For more information about Fox Valley Institute, please visit Fox Valley Institute – About Us.