Christine (Chris) Swayne
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist #97336
Supervised by Eugene Porter, LMFT #19703
Therapy is a relationship we build together, a co-creation of respectful inquiry. I welcome people of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations and look forward to talking with you about how your distinctions of self, and more, inform your reality. Reasons for seeking therapy are as endlessly diverse and complex as people are and the urge is rarely a singular one. People have sought therapy with me to explore things like trauma resolution, family and relationship dynamics, grief, depression, and other challenging-to-name and navigate emotions. People in relationships have worked with me on things like communication challenges, developing trust and intimacy, conscious uncoupling, non-monogamous relationships, and recovery from infidelity. Therapy often explores challenging topics, so complete ease isn't necessarily the best indication of an ideal fit. That said, it is important to trust and feel safe with your therapist. Like most relationships, this can take some time, and there’s something to be said for your intuitive sense. A phone call or first visit can be helpful in feeling that out; please feel encouraged to contact me with any questions.
My therapeutic stance is holistic; I integrate many treatment approaches, including internal family systems psychotherapy, guided imagery meditation, somatic awareness strategies, mindfulness, attachment theory, and dreamwork. I believe in the body’s ability to heal itself and in the regenerative potential of the therapeutic relationship. I view therapy as a tool with which we can gain or reclaim access to options, be they in behavior, feelings, or thoughts.
Though we use the word couple on this website, please feel encouraged to contact me if you’re seeking support for a triad or if your format of romantic relationship is not represented by that word. I work with people who describe their relationship structures as monogamous, non-monogamous, hierarchical, nonhierarchical, polyamorous and more.
CMP office locations are in:
San Francisco -Financial District
I work with:
- Poly & Open Relationships
- People of Color (POC)
Areas of focus Include:
- Women's Issues
- Complex Trauma