Christina Kahlou has a Master’s degree in counselling and 13 years of clinical experience. She has extensive post-graduate training in trauma, attachment, resiliency, addictions, children's mental health, and parent coaching.
Christina is passionate about children's therapy and helping parents connect with their children. She has created and taught in-depth courses for parents who experienced trauma in their own upbringing, and worked for years as a therapist for foster and adoptive children and their caregivers. Christina’s realm of expertise also extends to the difficult work of assisting the parents of children diagnosed with severe mental health disorders to find help in understanding their own feelings as parents, how this has impacted their couple, and how to establish effective boundaries with their children.
Originally trained as an international Midwife, Christina then received a degree in cultural anthropology. Multicultural attachment training has been the foundation of Christina’s work in overseas UNICEF contracts, as well as locally with adults working to free themselves from the pain of broken attachment or narcissistic parents. Choosing to be immersed in diverse learning and family structures has enriched Christina’s work as a therapist who is open, non-judgemental, and embraces life’s diversity.
Recognizing that our experiences shape our lives, Christina passionately believes in the transformative, life-long change that can happen when client and therapist commit to tackle, shake loose, and witness those unresolved stuck moments in our lives.
Christina moved back to Waterloo in 2015, and in her spare time she loves hiking, Fall Fairs, making DIY science experiments with her daughter, and laughing—laughing a lot.