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Cristina is an inspiring and enthusiastic therapist, facilitator, presenter, and licensed clinical social worker. A former teacher and mother of three with more than 25 years’ worth of experience, she’s smart, seasoned, warm, and relatable.

Individual Sessions are solution-focused, one-hour blocks that provide clients with relief from a dilemma and clarity for their next steps.

Groups

According to a New York Times editorial on 7/14/23 called , “If Loneliness Is An Epidemic, How Do We Treat It?” by Eleanor Cummins and Andrew Zaleski, more than one-fifth of Americans over age 18 say they often or always feel lonely or socially isolated.

Chronic loneliness is related to a range of physical and neurological problems including increased susceptibility to infections and cognitive decline.

Presentations

Cristina enjoys presenting to a variety of audiences. Customized programs are available for parents, faculty, or employees. They are interactive, research-based, and solution-focused, providing actionable takeaways. Programs target your organization’s specific needs. 60-90 minute programs available.

Here are Some Examples of Presentations Cristina Has Given in the Past:

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Understanding the Teenage Brain: The Keys to Improving a Challenging Relationship

Learn how to anticipate and understand the conflicts that inevitably arise with teens based on recent research on the teenage brain. Listen for tips on managing your own emotions before beginning to deal with challenging teen behaviors. Leave with specific tactics for connecting with your teen while maintaining a respectful relationship with appropriate limits.

Reducing Anxiety through Acceptance in the Classrooms: A Workshop for Teachers on How to Embrace Every Type of Child

As teachers, we learn to embrace both the introvert and the extrovert, and to help all kids feel a sense of belonging in our classroom, but this takes consistent effort and attention. Refresh your skills and sharpen your toolbelt so that your classroom becomes a worry-free zone for every type of child, regardless of his or her demeanor.

Why We Rescue: How to Build Tolerance for Witnessing Our Kids Struggle

Learn specific tools for the following: how to grow our childrens’ window of tolerance as well as our own, when to let our children struggle vs. when to step in and help, and how to encourage more resilience in our children. Once we learn ways to help our children manage stress and anxiety, we are better equipped to resist the urge to rescue our children.

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Ten Practical Ways to Build Accountability in Your Kids

Accountable kids tend to tell the truth, own up to things more easily, and do the right thing even if we’re not around to police them. Accountable kids also end up building and maintaining strong connections. The quality of our connections is the greatest predictor of longevity and health. Get the strategies and tips you need to foster a culture of responsibility in your home.

A Roadmap for Managing Stress in the Post-Quarantine World: Tips and Strategies for Adults and Kids

Learn how to name and normalize all feelings in an effort to accept and rebuild.  Hear tips on building your resilience, designating an accountability partner, and setting a mantra.  Leave with specific tactics for connecting with your loved ones and cultivating resilience in your family during this challenging time.

Resiliency Roadshow

Resilient adults tend to share a set of common traits. Discover the habits to instill now, while your kids are young, in order to foster the development of these traits. Learn the tools you can teach your kids to help them manage disappointment and tackle obstacles at a young age. Building these muscles early helps to establish patterns in the brain which will serve your kids as they become teenagers and face difficult decisions.

How Dads Can Make a Difference: Strengthening Bonds with Their Daughter

Fathers, you play a huge role in teaching your daughters about relationships, love, and respect. Work demands often pull your focus away from the family, however. Join us to deepen your understanding of how to improve your communication, plan proactively

Understanding the Teenage Brain: The Keys to improving a Challenging Relationship

Learn how to anticipate and understand the conflicts that inevitably arise with teens based on recent research on the teenage brain. Listen for tips on managing your own emotions before beginning to deal with challenging teen behaviors. Leave with specific tactics for connecting with your teen while maintaining a respectful relationship with appropriate limits.

Reducing Anxiety Through Acceptance in the Classrooms: A Workshop for Teachers on how to Embrace every type of Child

Learn how to anticipate and understand the conflicts that inevitably arise with teens based on recent research on the teenage brain. Listen for tips on managing your own emotions before beginning to deal with challenging teen behaviors. Leave with specific tactics for connecting with your teen while maintaining a respectful relationship with appropriate limits.

Why We Rescus Our Kids: How to Build Tolerance For Witnessing Our Kids STRUGGLE

Learn how to anticipate and understand the conflicts that inevitably arise with teens based on recent research on the teenage brain. Listen for tips on managing your own emotions before beginning to deal with challenging teen behaviors. Leave with specific tactics for connecting with your teen while maintaining a respectful relationship with appropriate limits.

Why We Rescus Our Kids: How to Build Tolerance For Witnessing Our Kids STRUGGLE

Learn how to anticipate and understand the conflicts that inevitably arise with teens based on recent research on the teenage brain. Listen for tips on managing your own emotions before beginning to deal with challenging teen behaviors. Leave with specific tactics for connecting with your teen while maintaining a respectful relationship with appropriate limits.

Ten Practical Ways to build Accountability in Your Kids

Learn how to anticipate and understand the conflicts that inevitably arise with teens based on recent research on the teenage brain. Listen for tips on managing your own emotions before beginning to deal with challenging teen behaviors. Leave with specific tactics for connecting with your teen while maintaining a respectful relationship with appropriate limits.

A Roadmap for Managing Stress in the Post-Quarantine World: Tips and STRATEGIES for Adults and Kids

Learn how to anticipate and understand the conflicts that inevitably arise with teens based on recent research on the teenage brain. Listen for tips on managing your own emotions before beginning to deal with challenging teen behaviors. Leave with specific tactics for connecting with your teen while maintaining a respectful relationship with appropriate limits.

Resiliency Roadshow

Learn how to anticipate and understand the conflicts that inevitably arise with teens based on recent research on the teenage brain. Listen for tips on managing your own emotions before beginning to deal with challenging teen behaviors. Leave with specific tactics for connecting with your teen while maintaining a respectful relationship with appropriate limits.

How Dads Can Make a Difference: Strengthening Bonds With Their Daughter

Learn how to anticipate and understand the conflicts that inevitably arise with teens based on recent research on the teenage brain. Listen for tips on managing your own emotions before beginning to deal with challenging teen behaviors. Leave with specific tactics for connecting with your teen while maintaining a respectful relationship with appropriate limits.

Retreats

The resulting conversations elicit validating and uplifting connections among participants.A retreat is an opportunity for participants to gather in a relaxing place to do a deep dive on a designated topic for the day. We immerse ourselves in this topic via honest conversations designed to deepen our understanding and broaden our perspective. The resulting conversations elicit connections amongst the participants that are validating and uplifting. The location, hours, and schedule of the retreat can be arranged around what is most convenient and productive for the group.

The Riverside Retreat:
Understanding Anxiety, Lagging Skills, and Acceptance in Our Kids

May 10, 2023, Greenwich, CT

Join us for the culmination of our on-going conversations about best practices in parenting in 2023. Today will be dedicated to understanding three cornerstones of excellent parenting. One is how to navigate anxiety in your family in a way that is supportive but not enabling. Next, we will examine the notion of lagging skills and how using this mindset opens up empathy and patience as we interact with our kids. Finally, we will review the reasons why acceptance is our greatest gift and our strongest tool in every relationship.

 The Spring Reset: Quieting the Chaos and Fine-Tuning Your Why

April 5, 2022, Greenwich, CT

Sometimes we have to step off the treadmill to take stock, notice patterns, appreciate progress, and decide on new goals. The Spring Reset is a time to do just this. Press pause on your life for five hours. Carve out this block of time to reflect and assess. Find a deeper understanding of “Your Why” as you mature into this next chapter. Enjoy conversation with like-minded, like-hearted women as Cristina facilitates meaningful conversation.

The Fall Retreat:
A Time to Look Inside

November 1, 2021, Greenwich, CT

Join us in a conversation about topics that matter to the maturing Mom. Consider your identity as you parent older kids or become an empty nester. Reflect on your close relationships as you move into this next phase. Clarify your goals as more time opens up for you. Learn how to articulate Your Why and your Daily Non-Negotiables, and to designate your Accountability Partner. Enjoy conversation with like-minded, like-hearted women as Cristina facilitates meaningful conversation.

"The single best decision I've made as a parent is to work with Cristina. I have had the distinct honor of participating in multiple parenting groups with Cristina over the last several years, and her insights continue to help me be a more thoughtful parent and form even more meaningful relationships with my children as they grow. She is incredibly well-researched, and has decades of experience both in schools, in private practice, and obviously in her own family, which all lend to her well-rounded, calm, and rational advice."

Hillary Carter
(Greenwich, CT)

Cristina Young should be the marking stick for a great therapist. Her reputation is impeccable and word of mouth praise from long time clients speaks volumes about her effectiveness as a therapist. She is a compassionate listener and quick study. With her years of training and experience working with families, she can quickly help patients identify issues and, most importantly, collaborate with them on action steps they can take to address the issues. She’s solution driven and not in an overwhelming way. Step by step. Incrementally. Just what you can handle at that moment. Cristina is different from many therapists in that she draws from her own life to give examples. She is a great model of how it is to live with authenticity and vulnerability so one can be more joyful and free.

Callie Dunn
(Greenwich, CT)

“The group sessions with Cristina Young have been extremely helpful in giving me the tools to become a more mindful and effective parent. Cristina provides scripts that can be used in real time and actually work with the kids. She has provided me with the tools to help motivate my children to reach their full potential.”

Stephanie M.
(Miami Beach )

“What I love most about Cristina is her relaxed demeanor and her sensible approach to parenting. She leaves you with a very usable library of tools to use in times of parenting distress. The reason I highly recommend working with Cristina is that you will gain a new perspective about yourself, your spouse and your children that will allow you to parent in a more positive, productive way.”

Emily C.
(Miami Beach)

“Cristina is very professional and approachable. From the moment I arrived, her group felt different. I have always wanted a mantra, and Cristina had suggested: "This is not an emergency" and honestly since hearing this, it has helped me so much in just staying calm. I would highly recommend Cristina’s group to anyone wanting to better themselves. I looked so forward to that 1.5 hours each week, and walked away feeling so clear in my thoughts. ”

Shana R.
(Miami)

“Cristina was professional and empathetic and helped us so much in our parenting journey. I highly recommend her!”

Maxine E.
(Miami)

“Cristina has been such a helpful resource for me as I parent kids through the loss of their mom. She has provided me support and wise guidance that has made me a better parent to my boys during a period of intense need. I would recommend her with absolutely zero reservations. She not only helps me emotionally, but also gives me practical advice that I can actually implement. She has made a huge difference in my life and in that of my boys. “

Ken S.
(Westport, CT)

"I am so grateful to have had Cristina's guidance in this crazy journey of parenting. Cristina's impact on me as a mom has been invaluable. Through individual sessions and mom's groups, she changed how I approach my children, and has given me great insight on why and how to improve my self-care - for the benefit of me, my marriage and my family. Cristina never minces words, she listens hard and gives thoughtful, actionable, wise advice for every situation."

Kelsey M.
(Riverside, CT)

“Cristina has given me great tools that have helped me become a calmer leader within my family. She's guided me through thorny situations, helping me to help my kids when they need it most. I am forever in her debt.”

Bridie L.
(Riverside, CT)

“I'm so grateful for Cristina! Through her group sessions, I feel better equipped to deal with the everyday challenges of parenting. Her scripts, background information, and actionable tips are tools that I've been able to use immediately... with results. Cristina is an expert in her field and highly skilled in running groups -- I cannot recommend CMY enough!”

Heeyoon S.
(Riverside, CT)

Tools For The Teenage Years

This group offers Moms a safe, comfortable space in which to enhance their parenting tool kit while developing connections with other, like-minded Moms—all under the guidance of a caring professional.