Cristina Mullen LICSW
In my 5th decade of life, I am so grateful to be in this profession. It is a privilege to be invited into the lives of those I serve. Thank you. My clients have been my most powerful teachers.
Many factors have contributed to the existence of Columbia City DBT and Mindfulness. All of my teachers and colleagues over the years have provided me with the knowledge that allows me to serve the people that access our services.
After my clients, I wish to acknowledge Dr. Kate Comtois, Dr. Marty Hoiness and colleagues who trained me as relatively young clinician at Harborview Outpatient Community Mental Health in the specialty DBT clinic. I worked in that clinic for 10 years and benefited so much from my team there and from the clients we served. In addition, I must acknowledge the developer of DBT, Dr. Marsha Linehan, who dedicated her life to finding a treatment that would treat folks who were previously deemed untreatable. She has given hope to so many. I also wish to thank her for insisting that DBT practitioners develop a regular mindfulness practice. I followed her advice, and it changed my life in more ways than I can count. I have been meditating more or less regularly since 2004. Since that time, I have been influenced by many streams of wisdom including Cognitive Behavior Therapies, Compassion Based Therapies, Mindfulness Based Therapies, Somatics, Buddhist Psychology and Poetry.
In addition to DBT, I provide Mindfulness based therapies and other evidence-based treatment for anxiety disorders, depression and PTSD. I also welcome people who wish to explore issues connected to life transitions or other personal growth challenges. I periodically run Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression Groups, Self-Compassion Classes and offer Mindfulness Meditation Classes for the general population. Please feel free to ask more! In 2022 Columbia City DBT began to host DBT Graduate Community Gatherings. Please see that part of the website for more information.
In my free time I enjoy gardening, walking in nature, paddle boarding, yoga and meditation. Having lived in Rainier Valley for 20 years, I am so happy to offer services here to our community.
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