Dr. Christine Izquierdo
Mental, physical, and social wellness weren’t always core values of mine. I lived a significant portion of my life stuck in anxiety, unhealthy relationships, and chronic health issues. It took a deep desire to live my fullest life in order to change. I have devoted much of my adult life to understanding the connections between mind and body through my personal therapy, meditative and self-compassion practices, and specialized clinical training and education.
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom”
I am the Owner and Chief Psychologist of Straight Up Treatment. I still currently work with clients on an individual basis and lead our Quick Results Anxiety Management Program. Clients that I usually work with tend to be challenged by various stressors such as family conflict, parenting, burnout, work or school demands, relationships, and managing difficult emotions. Which can trigger symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, OCD, depression, and/or health problems. I tend to be a good fit for clients that want to learn the tools and skills needed to empower their best self and cope more effectively. My clinical approach is focused on improving self-esteem, emotional well-being, productivity, relationships, and excitement for life. I am wholeheartedly committed to helping my clients learn to live a life filled with courage, passion, and personal meaning.
I have an in depth awareness of how stress and anxiety can hinder self-esteem, productivity, achievement, relationships, and feeling fulfilled in life. I use evidence-based strategies that help clients learn how to take action in their lives in order to achieve the outcomes they are looking for.
My treatment approach prioritizes interventions that promote growth, empowerment, resilience, and courage. While also incorporating mind-body techniques like mindfulness and self-compassion training, for long term mental and physical well-being.
In addition to my clinical practice, I spend a portion of my time educating schools, businesses, and other organizations on how to effectively manage stress and anxiety in a variety of contexts. I have also published several research articles on various integrative mind-body treatments, and presented at national conferences on issues related to anxiety and OCD. I am also a current board member of the Southern California Chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences. As well as a member of additional national and local mental health organizations including ADAA, IOCDF, and LACPA. Please click on the links below for more information about any of these organizations.
If you would like to start living life to the fullest and get unstuck from anxiety-stress cycles, reach out today!