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Encourage Counseling Services
Christina Muraski606 8th Ave
Howard Lake, MN 55349

Christina is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is a graduate of Adler Graduate School where she obtained her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. Christina also has a two year post-graduate certificate from the University of Minnesota in Early Childhood Mental Health. Christina is passionate about working with very young children ages 0-6 and their caregivers. She has experience working with older children, adults, and couples as well.

Christina is trained in experiential play therapy and Theraplay. She uses directive and non-directive play therapy to help children with trauma, anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, separation from parents, grief/loss, life transitions, and mood or behavioral concerns that may be impacting a child in a negative way. She aims to strengthen the relationship between parent and child as she believes this is crucial for a child’s success and healing. Christina also works with children in foster care and children who are going to be adopted or have already been adopted and their families. Christina is trained in Circle of Security, a parenting intervention that helps parents create secure attachments with their children.

Christina is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) which is an evidence-based treatment for post-traumatic stress and distressing life events, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders.

Christina is also bilingual and fluent in American Sign Language. Her background includes being a certified ASL interpreter and counseling deaf and hard of hearing children and parents.

Additional Information:

Service Location: Office Based; Telehealth

Languages Spoken: English, American Sign Language

Practice Focus:
Infant (0-2)
Young Children (3-6)
Elementary Age (7-12)
Teen (13-18)
Young Adult (Adopted person 19-25)
Adult (Adoptee)
Adult (Adoptive Parent – Individual)
Couple Work
Parent Coaching
Family Work
Birth/First Parent/Family Work

Areas of Practice Strength:
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Mood Disorder
Intellectual Disabilities
Childhood Depression
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Parent Coaching
Domestic Violence
High Conflict Families
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Early Traumatic Experiences
Adoption Identity (i.e., self-worth, self-esteem)
Open Adoption

Treatment Modalities:
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Eye Movement Desensitization/Reprocessing (EMDR)
Circle of Security
DC 0-5
Sand Tray/Sand Play
Filial Play Therapy
Experiential Play Therapy
Adlerian Play Therapy
Adult Attachment Inventory
Early Childhood Service Intensity Instrument (ECSII)


Added April 2022

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