CHRISTINA L. ZIMMERMAN, LPC, ATR, CADCI
To help clients establish realistic goals using art therapy interventions as an avenue for expression and
exploration. With art, there is an opportunity to process, organize and reshape feelings and thoughts into a
visual language from which we can work together to find the underlying needs. Creative expression also
helps illustrate how one relates to the materials and to the art process reflects their interactions with life
Education & Certifications
B. A., PSYCHOLOGY 5/2001
Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
M. A., ART THERAPY & COUNSELING 6/2005
Marylhurst University, Portland, OR
ADDICTION COUNSELOR CERTIFICATION BOARD OF OREGON 12/2006
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor 1 -Cert.No. 06-11-70 CADCI
ART THERAPY CREDENTIALS BOARD, INC. 4/2008
Certified Art Therapist -Registration # 08-078 ATR
OREGON BOARD OF LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS & THERAPISTS 10/2009
Professional Counselor License # C2376 LPC
ART THERAPIST 4/2011—PRESENT
Clinical Private Practice, Portland, OR
Serve adults, couples, families and children dealing with depression, anxiety, life transitions, grief and loss,
addiction, recovery, and trauma by providing ongoing counseling and art therapy.
Conduct mental health assessments for clients to develop treatment plans while working with other service
providers in determining appropriate psychosocial interventions
Integrate theoretical approaches to treatment including Cognitive-Behavioral, DBT, Gestalt, Systems
Theory, Solution Focused and Art Therapy.
Attend and participate in group consultation and clinical art therapy supervision groups.
MENTAL HEALTH CHILD & FAMILY THERAPIST 8/2008—PRESENT
Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest, Inc., Portland, OR
Facilitate individual, group, couple, family and multifamily art and play therapy sessions
Complete written diagnostic assessments and impressions, treatment plans, progress notes, discharge
summaries and other documentation as required for intake and assessments.
Participate in multi-disciplinary clinic staffing and meetings as needed and provide direct services to
children and families within the Mental Health and Nak-Nu-Wit Programs at NARA Northwest, Inc.
Serve as a consultant and liaison with referral sources and treatment providers.
Attend and participate in weekly individual and group clinical mental health supervision.
FAMILY THERAPIST & CASE MANAGER 9/2004-5/2008
Northwest Behavioral Healthcare Services (NBHS), Gladstone, OR
Facilitated art therapy session with families and individuals and set treatment goals to improve family
relationships, shape accountability and develop safe boundaries and assertive communication.
Lead weekly Parent Education Groups for current participants in the program.
Served as a liaison between the program and numerous contract care providers to organize case
management and follow-up care for a caseload of up to 10 clients (and with rolling admissions).
Conducted clinical utilization reviews with insurance providers and maintain written records of therapeutic
obstacles and progress.
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Lead art therapy groups each week with adolescents, focusing on mental-health issues, stages of change,
relapse prevention planning, assertive communication skills, boundaries, accountability and self-
Utilized Stages of Change, ASAM, Disease Model as well as Smart Recovery and the 12 Steps in order to
also provide Chemical Dependence counseling, Relapse Prevention planning and setting up Community-
Based Treatment for aftercare.
Participated in weekly Clinical Supervision meetings.
Coordinated treatment team meetings to discuss progress and methodology for working individually with
ART THERAPY FIELDWORK INTERN 9/2003-6/2004
DePaul Treatment Center, Portland, OR
Structured creative and learning activities for the male floor of the residential, dual-diagnosis treatment
Facilitated art groups that offered structure and safety for the clients to increase self-esteem, self-
expression, interpersonal skills and to enhance self-soothing.
YOUTH COUNSELOR 9/2001-7/2004
Janus Youth Programs, Vancouver, WA
Coordinated with DHS, state police, and counselors to provide respite care and outreach services to youth
Conducted expressive activities and practiced life skills with the youth.
American Art Therapy Association – AATA
Art Therapy Alliance
Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon - ACCBO
Trainings and Professional Development
Child Trauma Academy Training with Dr.Bruce Perry -Ongoing
Intimate Partner Violence (NASW), 3/2011
Mindfulness in Therapy (Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling), 11/2010
Flexibility Sequential Play Therapy for Treating Traumatized Children (The Northwest Center for Play
Therapy Studies at George Fox), 6/2010
Introduction to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (Janet Martin LPC National Board for
Certified Counselors), 4/2010
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Theory and Practical Tools for Clinicians (presented by Dr.Pat Moran and
approved by NASW), 9/2010
Honoring Children, Mending the Circle Training in the Cultural Adaptation of Trauma Focused Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy (presented by Delores Subia BigFoot, Ph.D of the University of Oklahoma Indian
Country Child Trauma Center), 3/2009
Strategies for Supporting Families with Mental Health Issues and Understanding Play Therapy (presented
by Redmond Reams Ph.D at the Multnomah County Commission on Children, Families & Community),
Positive Indian Parenting (ICW Training Institute and National Indian Child Welfare Association), 8/ 2009
Parents as Teachers Program; Prenatal to 3 Years –Parent Educator Certified (PAT National Center, Inc.),
Healthy Brain Development: Key Impacts and Interventions Conference (Lane County Health & Human
Services and the Substance Abuse Prevention Program. Approved by ACCBO and NBCC), 10/2008
Family Centered Services (ICW Training Institute and National Indian Child Welfare Association),
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