Counselor / Therapist in Palo Alto, CA

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Christopher Chiochios, LMFT, ATR-BC

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It's Good to Have An End to Journey Towards,
But It's the Journey that Matters in the End
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and a board certified art therapist. I am located in Palo Alto. My office is easily accessible, located on the first floor of the building with 2 entrances, one that connects directly to the small parking lot of the building and the other to the courtyard, which has multiple bathrooms and water, as well as a waiting room.
I provide individual and family therapy for children, adolescents, and their parents, as well as adults. I offer the additional service of home visits or in-home therapy. My office hours are Monday through Thursday, while home visits or meetings can be scheduled throughout the week. I can schedule appointments for the evenings on an as needed basis, in which we can discuss the options available. My office is welcoming, open, and grounding with the hope of offering a sense of peace, inspiration, and calm. As I am an art therapist and work extensively with children, I have space dedicated for art making, play, and sandtray work.
I employ my experiences and training, my background, my understanding and curiosity to better help and support your growth, change, and resiliency with the current issues that bring you in to begin working with me. I use a relationship and strength-based approach, which include active curiosity, empathy, and collaboration in the process of therapy. As much as therapy can often stigmatize and label, I work to identify and utilize the strengths, values, and skills already present, but maybe not yet apparent. Patience, acceptance, kindness, resilience, motivation, respect, and other such necessary values and skills, are integral to my approach and therapeutic work. These values and skills will be the very ingredients necessary to mobilize change and healing for you and your family.
I have worked in the mental health field since 1997. I received my master’s degree in art therapy and marriage and family therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont. I have been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC40460) since 2003. I became a registered Art Therapist (ATR) in 2001 and became board certified (ATR-BC) in 2006. Throughout the last 13 years, I have worked primarily with children and teens, who are considered at-risk and have unique and complex needs, as well as their families, who are often multi-stressed and struggling to cope in many areas of their lives. I have provided these services in a variety of settings, including public schools, special education/day treatment programs, foster care and residential treatment programs, and in the community. I have served a wide range of backgrounds and issues, related to family, home, community, peer or school-related stressors and struggles. My work has been fueled by the deep and enriching relationships that I have developed and shared with my clients and their families. These individuals and their families often had such resilience and perseverance to create anew in spite of the many limitations and recurring struggles they have endured.
My work and approach have been enhanced by my long time experiences working and teaching art with children and teens previous to my graduate studies. These experiences are ultimately what led me to study art therapy and psychology with a focus on human development. I believe that I have a natural affinity towards connecting with children and teens, which has further enhanced my work and practice of therapy. I have continued to learn from the wisdom and perspective that children and teenagers possess and easily share when they feel safe and secure. I believe this has impacted the relationships that I have developed with them and thus further has benefitted the work that I have done with them. The same is true with the parent and caregivers that I have worked with. I see part of my role as a translator between various family members. Helping all sides to better understand and acknowledge and communicate the different perspectives that you have and find common ground to move and grow from.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Grief and Loss
 Adolescents  Learning Disabilities
 Anger Management  Life Transitions
 Anxiety and Panic  Loneliness
 Asperger's Syndrome  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Marriage Counseling
 Body Image Issues  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Caregiver Issues  Online / Video / Teletherapy
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Chronic Illness  Relationship Issues
 Couples Therapy  Self Esteem Issues
 Depression  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Divorce  Stress Management
 Eating Disorders  Trauma and PTSD
 Gifted / Talented Issues  Work and Career Issues
 Board-Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC)  Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
I am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, as well as the American Art Therapy Association.
Payments Accepted
Cash, check, Cigna, MHN, and Victim's Compensation
Hours:Monday - Friday
License:MFC40460 from California
555 Middlefield Rd. Suite 102C
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