Christine Abrahams, MA, LPC, LMHC, ACS, NCC
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I am an experienced educator and therapist who uses many creative strategies to bring adolescents, adults and parents to a place of calm.
I’ve been where you are – self-doubt, anxiety, depression – you name it and add trauma on top of it all. These feelings overshadowed all I did professionally and in my relationships. My journey is why my life’s mission is to help women, teachers, parents and adolescents conquer their conquer the demons of anxiety, depression and negative self-talk and build better relationships with themselves and the ones they love.
I’m a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida and a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey, but these are just titles. I am a human who has a knack for connecting with other humans to bring light into their lives and relieve their suffering. I worked with an educated and successful businesswoman, suffering from what I knew intimately as the Imposter Syndrome. She second-guessed her decisions and felt that her boss was lying to her about her performance, which was excellent. She worried about being perceived as a fraud at work, working 60-hour weeks while neglecting her family.
Together, we uncovered a pattern of abusive bosses in the past that reinforced her way of thinking, so they could get her to work harder. Her willingness to believe those bosses resulted from early interactions with her mother, who never felt her daughter was good enough. After working together, she resolved these thoughts and beliefs – and now holds her dream job.
Positive parenting helps improve behavior. One couple had a child who was out of control. As a third-grader, this child tried to harm her mother and was referred to special services and labeled as having an oppositional defiant disorder. I worked with both parents on their concerns, trained them in the Nurtured Heart Approach®, and taught them to be parents as consultants. Two years later, they wrote to tell me that the child who tried to harm mom is now the most loving and attentive child out of all their children.
A mother came to me about her son, who hated school and was failing all his classes. Taking away privileges and sending messages about him being a complete disaster could not change the boy’s behavior.
It was clear that the boy wanted to connect with his parents and be accepted by them. The mother tried another approach by sending him positive letters, which increased her son’s grades. But he still hated school and started to withdraw from everything.
I recommended a school nearby that allowed students to direct their education. Her son was accepted, and the headmaster asked, “So, what’s your passion?” Her son replied, “Trading and real estate.” This statement floored both parents – they had no idea.
The boy enrolled, got a trading mentor, and no longer withdrew. He is flourishing now, and there are positive family relationships.
Pursuing personal interests enhances academic performance. I worked with a high school senior on medical leave for a concussion, causing her to receive home instruction. I met with her at the school’s request, and it was clear that she did not feel comfortable in school and wanted to stay at home. With more free time at home, I asked her how she occupied her time. She said that she tries to solve cold cases. I said, “You mean like solving murders?” “Yep.” It turns out she belonged to an online group, and they spent weeks tracking down clues. Given her interest, I suggested that she consider a course in forensics taught at a local tech school. The tech school coordinator accepted her but stipulated that she must attend high school half the time. She was blissful going to school again because she felt recognized for her gifts. She graduated, gave a speech at graduation, and received a full ride to a university specializing in forensics. At graduation, I told her and her mom that if someone murdered me, I’d want her to solve the murder!
Specialties & Clinical Interests
- Anger Issues
- Body Image
- Family Conflict
- Life Coaching
- Oppositional/Defiant Behavior
- Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
- Phobias & Fears
- School Performance
- Stress/Stress Management
- Women's Issues
- Client-Centered Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
Faith Based Specialties