Christal-Joi Whitaker, LMFT

Child, Family, Individual, and Couples Therapist
Mental Health Professional since 2001

Treatment Orientation

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Strength-Based
  • Structural Family Therapy
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Solution-Focused Brief
  • Positive Psychology
  • Family Therapy
  • Couple Therapy
  • Individual Therapy

Expertise

  • Complex Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-esteem issues
  • First Responders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • ADD
  • Grief & Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Divorce
  • Issues with substance use/abuse
  • Emotional disorders
  • Stress

Professional Experience:

SHIELDS For Families Inc.

Therapist/Sr. Therapist and Clinical/QA Coordinator

 

Provided therapeutic services to adult clients through individual and group modalities; Conducted vocational exploration workshops and psycho-educational groups; Conducted assessments/tests, diagnostic interviews and written reports; Developed and implemented treatment plans; Conducted crisis interventions; Supervised and trained mental health staff; Monitored DMH budget and contract compliance; Analyzed outcome data and provided summated feedback to investors/contractors; Assured service quality compliance; Developed and sustained collaborative linkages with other agencies; Developed CQI protocols.

 

Department of Mental Health, Washington, District of Columbia

Mental Health Program Analyst

Provided assistance to the Child and Family Service Agency (CFSA) Program Manager to support service delivery planning by developing/producing qualitative, quantitative and clinical data; Supported inter-agency planning, assessment and improvement activities to improve mental health services and support for CFSA; Designed, organized, and implemented comprehensive analysis and evaluation of the quality, utilization, and effectiveness of mental health services; Established appropriate benchmarks/outcomes to monitor key quality domains.

 

Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis

Area Manager

 

Worked as a member of the IABA management team; Assured agency-wide compliance with all contracts and applicable regulatory requirements and standards pertaining to the documentation and delivery of supported living services to adults with mild to severe developmental disabilities and mental health issues. Supervised a staff of 60-80 direct care staff in the implementation of the written behavioral protocols; Maintained communication with local Regional Centers/funders in the delivery of services.

Private Practice

Victims of Crime Community Mental Health Clinician/Consultant

Providing brief therapy/counseling sessions to clients referred through the California Victims of Crime Program; Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of adults, families, and children with a focus on a specific set of problems (sleep disturbance, anger, grief, bereavement, etc.) with direct, trauma-centered, solution-based interventions; Substance abuse counseling using Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive-Behavioral and Solution-Focused techniques.

 

Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services

Clinical Supervisor (Full Service Partnership)

Oversee FSP Program services providing leadership for  program activities, establishing, maintaining and monitoring all systems relevant to clinical and administrative aspects of the program; Supervise the eight to ten MFTI and ASW clinicians; LPS designee.

 

Fresh Start of California Detox, LLC.

Clinical Director

Responsible for the management and supervision of mental health and substance abuse services, including hiring, supervision, evaluation and client assessment; Develop, plan and implement strategies for program continuation and growth; Provide clinical training to staff and interns; Develop and monitor program protocols and practices.

 

Wayfinder Family Services (formerly Junior Blind of America)

Director of Mental Health Services

Responsible for the management and supervision of mental health and substance abuse services, including hiring, supervision, evaluation and client assessment; Develop, plan and implement strategies for program continuation and growth; Provide clinical training to staff and interns; Develop and monitor program protocols and practices. Oversee Community and Residential Program services providing leadership for program activities, establishing, maintaining and monitoring all systems relevant to clinical and administrative aspects of the DMH contracted program; Supervise the eight-ten MFTI and ASW clinicians and a total staff of 22 professionals and practicum students.

 

Recovery NOW and Positive Counseling Services
Therapist

Provide individual, group & family therapy and psychotherapy for all mental health concerns and drug/alcohol problems. Counsel family members struggling to understand the nature of a loved one’s addiction, mental illness and/or the trauma of growing up in a home where alcohol/drugs were/are prevalent. Provide Interventions for matters related to substance abuse and mental illness.

Education

University of California, Los Angeles

Bachelor of Arts Degree
Major – Psychology
Minor – Applied developmental Psychology

 

Pepperdine University

Master’s Degree

Major- Clinical Psychology

Emphasis- Marriage & Family Therapy

License and Certifications:

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMC50720
Board of Behavioral Sciences

Licenses & Professionals Affiliations:

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT) Member
The Long Beach-South Bay Chapter of CAMFT Member

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Member

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