Christelle Kankalian, MS – Intern
Christelle Kankalian, M.S, serves as an intern therapist located in Florida providing tele-health services throughout the state. She holds a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors. She completed her internship at a substance use / primary mental health treatment center. Christelle has experience in working with a diverse range of clients grappling with various mental health challenges. Her experience extends to working with individuals dealing with substance use, personality disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, relationship issues and mood disorders. However, her passion is working with adults with persistent mood and/or thought disorders.
Christelle completed her master’s studies in Dublin, Ireland, pursuing further professional development by enrolling in the 56th Annual Rudolf Dreikurs Summer School and Institute at DCU, organized by ICASSI (International Committee for Adlerian Summer Schools and Institute), obtaining a certification in Adlerian therapy. She is a proud graduate of Lynn University in beautiful South Florida.
When she’s not immersed in her therapeutic work, she enjoys kickboxing, weightlifting, journaling, traveling, and watching UFC. Christelle finds her greatest enjoyment in natural landscapes during vacations, where she feels most at ease and in harmony with nature. Her ultimate satisfaction comes from embarking on journeys of exploration, discovering new experiences, cultures, cuisines, and cities. Making meaningful connections with people and delving into diverse cultural insights brings her a sense of fulfillment.
By choosing Christelle Kankalian, MS as your therapist, you can have confidence that you are receiving care that is not only compassionate but also informed by the guidance of an expert in the field of mental health. This collaboration between Christelle and Dr. Chen ensures a comprehensive and effective therapeutic experience for all clients.
Christelle Kankalian, M.S, receives weekly supervision from, Dr. Arthur Chen, PsyD, CCPT-II, Licensed Psychologist for all her clients. In seeing Christelle, you or your loved one's will be gaining the experience of both therapists (www.DrChenPsyD.com).
Approach to Therapy:
In her therapeutic practice, Christelle Kankalian, MS – Intern, employs an integrative approach that draws from several therapeutic modalities, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Adlerian therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT). These approaches are designed to create a supportive and collaborative environment where clients can explore their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. CBT skills are designed to help you identify and challenge negative thought patterns contributing to emotional distress.
By working together to reframe these thoughts, we can uncover healthier ways of thinking and develop effective coping strategies. Christelle’s clinical orientation is founded in Person-Centered Therapy, anchoring her sessions with an empathetic and nonjudgmental space. Her utilization of DBT techniques equips clients with valuable skills to manage emotions, improve interpersonal relationships, and enhance their overall well-being.
By merging various approaches, Christelle is dedicated to guiding clients on a transformative journey toward emotional regulation, resilience, and personal growth. Adlerian Therapy is rooted in understanding the importance of your unique life story, your sense of belonging, and your pursuit of significance. Together, we’ll explore your personal history, family dynamics, and life goals to gain insight into the factors that influence your current thoughts and behaviors. By fostering social interest and setting purposeful goals, we can work towards enhancing a client's overall well-being and sense of fulfillment.