Get To Know a Compassionate Counsellor for Kids and Families
Christine Dela Cruz is a highly skilled, experienced, and dedicated clinical social worker. As a registered member of Manitoba College of Social Workers (MCSW) and Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW), she serves various individuals and families, helping them heal and achieve mental well‑being in the best way possible.
Christine earned an Advanced Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialization in Psychology followed by a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Manitoba. She is also a Certified Anger Management Specialist-II (CAMS-II), a quality program recognized by the National Anger Management Association. As an industry professional committed to ongoing education, she seeks out training on the following:
Christine is an empathetic, caring individual who strives to help clients ease their burdens and develop realistic plans for change. She applies a strengths-based perspective in counselling, which means she views her clients as the experts in their own lives. To help them overcome their struggles, she facilitates a safe place for each individual to share their story and understand their needs.
Christine has over two decades of experience in working with children, adults, and families with various backgrounds. She has counselled many different populations and has a truly balanced approach to working with people.
Working With Displaced Children
Christine has extensive experience working with children and teenagers who have experienced attachment disruptions and difficulties with nurturing, consistent, and safe relationships. Viewing behavior as communication, Christine supports children and teens learn to express their needs in more productive ways and helps facilitate positive change by teaching effective communication and coping skills in the context of a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship.
Christine began her career working in the field of corrections, followed by a decade working in government supporting military Veterans and their families. She supported her clients by working through some of the following issues:
Understanding Trauma and Indigenous History
When she was taking up her master's degree, Christine interned for a First Nation community as a member of the mental health team, where she also later became formally employed. She worked with children and families and specialized in understanding how colonialism led to intergenerational trauma in Indigenous families.
Founding Her Own Practice
Today, Christine solely works out of her private practice. She has since owned and operated Life Story Counselling in Selkirk, Manitoba for more than 10 years, serving clients from all walks of life as best she can.