Christine Leone, LCSW
Trauma-Informed Care Specialist
Anti-Oppressive Care Specialist
Bilingual (Spanish) Therapist
Hi, I'm Christine. I collaborate with women of color to heal, decolonize inner criticism, and reclaim their ancestral power.
Warm greetings, I’m Christine! As a mixed-race Latina therapist, my mission is to empower individuals on their journey toward inner healing and claiming their authentic power. While my practice specializes in supporting women of color and individuals from marginalized identities, I warmly welcome all seeking healing and self-discovery.
If you’re feeling burdened by expectations, misunderstood, or disconnected from your emotions and identity, I’m here to listen with compassion and curiosity. With your lead, together, we will venture beneath the surface of your experiences, exploring the "why" behind your feelings and behaviors to cultivate a deeper self-understanding.
I aim to provide a space of mutuality and depth for successful women of color as they explore what underlies feelings of self-doubt, anxiety, or feeling “on edge.” Together, we'll uncover how societal messages and trauma may impact you while honoring your wholeness.
My integrative approach blends EMDR, Internal Family Systems, and relational therapy to help you release perfectionism, regulate your nervous system, and reclaim your purpose and your cultural roots.
This can be your journey to transforming past hurts into self-compassion and limiting narratives into liberation. Many accomplished women of color have walked this path to emotional balance, self-trust, and inner peace with me.
Together, we will collaboratively explore how societal messages, past traumas or betrayal affect you and your relationships while embracing your wholeness.
On Being a Counselor
My counseling practice is inspired by the courage and sincerity of those who seek deeper self-understanding and inner growth.
Cultivating genuine compassion for ourselves is key to transforming how we interact with the world. When we develop empathy for our own struggles, we can rewrite limiting narratives and create meaningful change.
My goal is to honor your unique journey of self-discovery. I will meet you where you are and provide a space for exploration and acceptance as we foster self-love.
With warmth and understanding, I will support you each step of the way as you uncover your challenges, grow through them, and build a nurturing relationship with yourself and others.
Progress begins by showing up with honesty, vulnerability, and curiosity. Each small act of self-care and self-acceptance will build upon the next, gradually reshaping your story.
I feel privileged to bear witness to this transformative inner work. And I'm here to accompany and collaborate with you on the path to self-knowledge, self-healing, and self-empowerment.
For over a decade, I have dedicated myself to serving successful women of color and individuals from marginalized communities with compassionate, culturally attuned therapy. My purpose is to support healing from oppressive traumas and help you reconnect with your innate wisdom.
With extensive EMDR training, I specialize in trauma recovery from experiences of violence, migration, institutional harm, and intergenerational wounds. I approach each person with care, patience, and respect, meeting them where they are in their healing journey.
I believe our inner light always remains, though trauma may cloud it. My goal is to hold space to process, transform limiting narratives, and rediscover inner strength. With courage, support, and discernment, healing is possible.
As a bilingual and bicultural therapist, I do my own work to understand the nuances required to make space for people from marginalized communities. This informs my ability to serve diverse clients with sensitivity.
At my practice's core is a commitment to healing, empowerment, and justice. I would be deeply honored to support your journey of self-discovery, growth, and transformation.
More About Christine
Key Philosophical Beliefs
My Therapeutic Approach
- Cultivate compassionate community to foster belonging
- Honor each person's inner wisdom and capacity for growth
- Encourage shared understanding through courageous vulnerability
- Confront trauma through intellectual curiosity and shared commitment
- Address systemic oppression
- Advocate for equitable access to mental healthcare
- Offer non-judgment and radical self-acceptance
- Embrace authenticity with humility and care
- See and understand the whole person
- Bear witness to each person's journey and value
- Collaborate with each person on their path to healing
- Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from the Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois Chicago.
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
- Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Northeastern Illinois University.
- Advanced EMDR training for trauma therapy.
- Specialized training in relational and gender-based violence.
- Proficient in Relational therapy through training at Womencare Trauma Consultation.
- Internal Family Systems (IFS) Training.
Specializations and Experience
- Affirmative therapy for LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, and sex-positive clients
- Racism, sexism, and intergenerational trauma recovery
- Group empowerment therapy sessions
- Intimate partner violence counseling
- Clinical research on therapy methods and trauma interventions
- Over a decade of expertise in trauma-informed care and PTSD treatment
- Knowledge of immigration, child welfare, and public benefits systems impacting marginalized communities
- Passionate commitment to continuous education and professional development
- Clinical supervision mentorship to develop cultural awareness and trauma competence
Christine as a Person
Born in New York City and raised between the East and West coasts, Chicago has been my adored home for over 20 years.
I live life seeking joy, meaning, and connection in all moments - whether dancing, exploring nature, or sharing stories and laughter with my loved ones. My sanctuary is filled with the quiet wisdom of plants.
As a longtime resident, I cherish the cyclical energy of Chicago, its restful hibernation periods and vibrant awakenings. I especially love experiencing the vibrant food scene and cultural diversity here.
My personal journey of inner growth mirrors my professional commitment to healing and empowerment. I believe we all have the capacity to transform with the time and space to deepen self-understanding.
If this vision resonates with you, I invite you to reach out. Let’s connect and begin your journey of self-discovery and living as your most authentic self.