Cristina Louk, PhD(c), LMHCA, RHT

Clinical Psychotherapist / Clinical Hypnotherapist

(she/her/hers)

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Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA)

  • APA Division 30 - The Society of Psychological Hypnosis

  • APA Division 32 - Society for Humanistic Psychology

  • APA Division 35 - Society for the Psychology of Women

  • Washington State Psychological Association

Licenses & Registrations 

  • WA LMHCA - MC61209579

  • WA Hypnotherapist Registration - HP61214433

Publications

  • A Narrative Approach to Happiness in Adult Individuals with Intellectual Disability and Mental Illness Residing in Supported Living Environments 

You are more than a diagnosis!!! You are a real person dealing with real stuff, and I would be honored to help!

 

Fundamentally, I am a helper and a team player. When I see someone struggling, I instinctively want to walk with that person along their path to provide support, encouragement, and tools that they can use to help them manage their journey. This is why I became a psychotherapist.

My journey started with an undergraduate degree in psychology from Washington State University. These early courses suggested a binary view in psychology (psychoanalytic, behaviorism), that people were either “normal” or they were “pathological”. This bothered me because I didn’t see people as being disordered or dysfunctional (or broken). I saw people living their lives along a spectrum, sometimes lives were easy and sometimes they got messy. Each of us approaches these challenges differently and some of us need some extra help. And that’s okay! Then I was introduced to humanistic psychology. Humanistic psychology seeks to develop free will and self-efficacy and has a focus on cultivating happiness and positive well-being through a journey towards self-actualization. Inwardly (and maybe outwardly too) I screamed, "Sign Me Up! I want to know more about humanistic psychology!"

 

So… I signed up to take graduate courses in the foremost school for humanistic psychology and have since earned a MA and PhD in clinical psychology from Saybrook University. Now, I am the founder and clinical director of Peace Humanistic Therapy. I practice humanistic, positive, and somatic psychology and seek to honor your unique spark by treating you as a whole person (bio-psycho-social-spiritual) through individualized and integrative treatment plans. In addition to providing therapy, I am also an educator, as well as an author, advocate, and researcher.

 

I have always been a glass-half-full kind of person wanting to experience more happiness in my life. I know what brings me joy, and I go out and seek those experiences. This has taught me that happiness is something that you have to go out and work for. This quest for happiness has been the foundation for my research. I study what causes happiness in people. I have learned so much, and I would love to share this with you! I provide psychotherapy and hypnotherapy for adult women experiencing a variety of life’s challenges, including depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD… using a very integrative and individualized approach to treatment. 

 

I look forward to talking with you!

How ADHD gave me superpowers.

I have ADHD. You can say I am heavy on the “H”.

Although I do not like the labels of having a “diagnosis”, I have had to wear mine openly on my sleeve as my hyperactivity was (and I am sure still is) problematic for most. But for me… I was not going to let behavioral tendencies become “problematic”. Instead, I have found ways to make these behavioral tendencies into my strengths… or as I like to call them, my superpowers.

My inability to integrate into the norm was apparent in Kindergarten. This was the first time the school referred me to a psychologist for an assessment. But it wasn’t until my 2nd referral to a psychologist in the 3rd grade that a diagnosis was made. I had ADHD.

My parents chose to not medicate.

So… over the many decades since this diagnosis, I have leaned into it, learned all about it, and have whole-heartedly embraced it. Let me share with you now a few of my superpowers.

Let’s start with inattention. Yes, I am inattentive if the subject matter bores me.  However, when the subject matter excites me, I have the ability to hyperfocus and get into the zone. When it comes to reaching my goals, my hyperfocus has been an amazing asset! My superpower #1.

I’m impulsive. Totally. Takes risks? Of course! But because of this I can think on my feet and think outside of the box. I am willing to jump out there and own my own businesses, earn a graduate degree in my forties, and jump with both feet into things that lead me to my goals. My superpower #2.

I am very hyperactive. I have a lot of energy, an abundance of energy. Yes… I’m twitchy and squirmy and I can’t sit still (unless I’m hyperfocused and in the zone). But I jump out of bed in the morning ready for anything. My superpower #3.

So, as you can see… having ADHD can be a good thing if you can learn to minimize the negative symptoms and maximize the positive qualities. ADHD can give you superpowers!