About Dr. Jo

Dr. JoHello, and a warm welcome to my practice.

Chances are that your presence here means that you are struggling with some adversity or wanting to learn, grow and move to a higher level of personal growth and health. Life is not an easy journey, and sometimes the obstacles, relationships and events in our lives can be confusing, challenging, traumatizing and often overwhelming. My hope is that this will be a soft and welcoming place for you to explore my services, resources and links to other doors that may open additional pathways to assistance, guidance and awareness.

I’m Dr. Jo Christner, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Marriage, Family Therapist.

I have been licensed and in private practice since 1992. I have 4 licenses in three States: Clinical Psychologist in the Western States of California (PSY15532) and Washington (#PY2971) and a Marriage, Family Therapist in California (MFC 28960) and Pennsylvania (# MF000381). I currently reside and have a full time practice in Los Angeles. May the rest of the information answer some of your questions and give you some insight into my experience and expertise.

Professional Education and Experiential Background

View my Curriculum Vitae (PDF file)

Experience and Specialties

My experience is varied and extensive and has afforded me the opportunity to have worked with a variety of individuals and businesses with problems of adult life, including:

Groups have always been an integral part of my experience. I am the Past President of the Group Psychotherapy Association of Southern California, having served in many Board positions and currently serve as a Board Member for the newly merged group association, Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles.

Education and Training

My degrees include a Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) in Secondary Education from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s Degree (M.A.) in Counseling Psychology from Vermont College of Norwich Universtiy and a Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from Ryokan College in Los Angeles. In order to stay abreast of current information in the field of Psychology, I continue to study the literature and take ongoing training and workshops.

I have had special training in trauma and loss and am a Certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and a certified practitioner in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing. I utilize both approaches in working with the symptoms and healing of trauma.

Professional Associations

In order to stay currently informed and active in my field, I belong to the following professional associations:

Services and Approach Offered

Therapeutic Approach

I use an eclectic approach, with an emphasis on cognitive-behavioral therapy and mind-body therapy. I believe that healing happens only by attending to the whole person, mind, body and emotions. My unique approach utilizes the most current literature on the assessment and treatment of psychological concerns. I take into consideration and utilize theories and perspectives that fit the individual’s unique background, current situation, needs and values. I am “straight forward” and will work collaboratively with you to meet your needs and goals. I readily refer to other professionals for a variety of issues, including those that may be beyond my expertise and to a psychiatrist who provides medication consultation.

Time Management and Organizational Coaching

In 1985, I founded A Time Out, a company that provides time management and organizing services to individuals, professionals, educational institutions, hospitals and businesses. I created an acronym, S.P.A.C.E. (Spiritual, Physical, Affect, Cognitive and Environment) which represents all of the areas in which we spend time. Using this concept teaches businesses and individuals how to create balance in their lives in order to lower their stress and to have a better quality of living. I have conducted successful time management workshops, seminars and private sessions throughout California for many years. Having been a longtime member of the National Association of Professional Organizers, I served as a consultant and educated about the psychological components of disorganization. The company’s unique approach is based on extensive research and real-world experience with educators, psychiatrists, mental health professionals and time management/organizing professionals.

Modalities

Individual, Couples, Family and Group Psychotherapy
I have facilitated over 1000 groups throughout my professional clinical career and currently offer spousal loss groups and personal growth and enrichment groups. Sessions are by appointment only. Some sliding scale may be available.