Christina Vargas, LSW bio
Christy is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW). She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature from Loyola University Chicago (Rambler Pride!). She completed her graduate studies at the University of Michigan (Go BLUE!), where she received her Master of Social Work degree. Christy has nearly 10 years of experience working with children in diverse settings such as through tutoring programs, summer camps, preschools, behavioral/mental health outpatient centers, and private practice. She truly believes that all children have the potential to change and positively impact their lives and the future in their own way. This passion continues to guide Christy in her therapeutic and supportive work with children who live with ADHD, ASD, depression, anxiety, executive dysfunction, and emotion dysregulation.
Christy has almost 5 years of experience providing therapy to children, adolescents, and families. She enjoys providing individual therapy, family and caregiver support, and social emotional learning groups for children and teens of all ages. She genuinely believes that individual differences make the world a beautiful and unique place, which she applies in her work with neurodivergent children. Helping children and teens see their worth, persevere through challenges, and grow despite adversity is near and dear to Christy’s heart.
She believes that the foundation of facilitating lasting, positive impact in therapy depends on the nature of the therapeutic relationships, which is why the DIR (Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-Based) Model and Person-Centered Approaches are integral in her work with children and families. She is intentional about building rapport and strong therapeutic relationships with children and families and emphasizes each individual’s strengths in order to continue encouraging people to reach their individual goals and full potential. Play therapy techniques are one of Christy’s specialties as she utilizes play to encourage and support children and teens in processing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Christy’s goal is to empower children to believe in themselves, their own strengths, and their resilience, so that they can go on and live full lives.
In her free time, Christy loves spending time with her loved ones (especially her handsome cat, Max), dancing (shoutout to Zumba classes!), biking, rollerblading, reading, and learning about different cultures through community building and traveling.