Cristina Maria Fort Garcés
Gestalt, Somatic, and Creative Arts Pyschotherapist & Coach

Cristina, she/they, is a bilingual (Spanish/English) Gestalt & Somatic Psychotherapist, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, and Certified Professional Coach, with over a decade of experience. Cristina believes that including the body and using the creative process, helps access and unearth behaviors and feelings that have fallen outside of our awareness. Cristina identifies as Ecuadorian, Spanish, Latinx, from the United States, and gender non-conforming.

Psychotherapy and Coaching with Cristina may include: attention to your breath, checking in with your body & body awareness, art-making, creative visualization & meditation, movement and sound, dreamwork, and spiritual explorations.

Cristina has significant experience working with major mental health diagnoses including: psychotic disorders, mood disorders, and other experiences of mental health crisis. This includes treating the traumas that are often a part of these experiences; neglect, sexual and physical abuse, drug use, marginalization, leaving your country of origin, and more. For 7+ years Cristina facilitated groups for adults who have schizophrenia or identify as voice-hearers on an inpatient psychiatric unit. This work has informed their compassion, curiosity, and appreciation for the vast array of our human experiences, no matter how alternative they may seem.

Training / Education:
Cristina holds a Masters in Creative Arts Therapy (MPS 2010) from the School of Visual Arts and is also Art Therapy Registered and Board Certified (ATR-BC) by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). Cristina is a graduate (2016) of the Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy, a 4-year post-graduate clinical fellowship program. In 2019 she completed additional post-graduate training in Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy with Ruella Frank, Ph.D. (www.somaticstudies.com) and is currently completing a second round of this training. Cristina is a Certified Professional Coach and has completed the program, “Coaching for Transformation” through Leadership that Works (www.leadershipthatworks.com), a program accredited by the International Coaching Federation. Recently, Cristina completed a training to become an energy medicine practicioner and is also certified to offer the Munay Ki Rites with the Four Winds Society, www.thefourwinds.com. Currently, they are training to become a Biofield Turning Practicioner, www.biofieldtuning.com. Prior to their career as a psychotherapist, Cristina received a Bachelor’s from Tufts University and completed a commercial and studio photography program at the Hallmark Institute of Photography.

Please visit her LinkedIn profile for her complete CV: www.linkedin.com/in/cristinamariafort