Stacy Donn Cristo

Stacy Donn Cristo
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Accepting new clients (updated July 1, 2017)

Every time I leave an appointment with Stacy I feel fortified and more clear. The harsh, unforgiving thoughts quiet down. Stacy listens without judgement... Sometimes there are thoughts and feelings that are too scary to deal with alone, but Stacy acts as a mirror, and reflects a strong and wise part of me that I had trouble seeing on my own."

- Artist, teacher (2016)

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    About Stacy

  • Offers a holistic approach to therapy, incorporating mindfulness practices, somantic therapies, and yoga
  • Addresses both mind and body by understanding body language and utilizing yoga-based therapies
  • Sees many university students and young professionals, helping them build a foundation for a meaningful life

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PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT

Stacy Donn Cristo is a holistic psychotherapist specializing in students, young adults in their 20s, artists, and individuals facing midlife changes. 

Trained in a therapeutic yoga and sensorimotor psychotherapy, Stacy's approach takes great consideration in understanding and working with the energy in one's body. Her focus areas include anxiety, depression, sexual identity, trauma, relationships, and exploration of one's voice and path. 

She received her MA in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University and her BFA in Printmaking from Washington University. She has been in practice for over 15 years and enjoys yoga in her spare time.

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MESSAGE TO CLIENTS

"As a holistic psychotherapist, I build relationships of care and trust to support and enrich your life. If you are interested in personal growth and deep healing, whether it is from discovering a diagnosis of some kind, childhood traumas, or phase-of-life problems, together we work to find meaning, purpose, skills, and deep healing. Along with the practice of loving-kindness and compassion which I integrate into my work, I also use the greatest tool, your body. Our body is a fascinating landscape filled with information, wisdom, and truth that offers liberation from suffering. "

A message to young adults: " I absolutely love working with young adults. It is such a difficult and yet fertile time within our lifespan. Difficult because there is little perspective and experience, we may feel lost and that we are drowning for example. Fertile because there is so much to work with! At this time we have our whole adulthood ahead of us, we are not usually locked in to our ways. We have an amazing opportunity to get to know ourselves deeply and secure a foundation to build a life of meaning and purpose designed specifically to the unique person that we are! This time can be dreadful or amazing! Or most likely, a bit of both! "

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Private Practice, 2006-present
Angell Street Psychiatry
NRI Community Mental Health Outpatient

Lesley University, MA, Expressive Therapies, 2002
Washington University, BFA, Printmaking 1996

specialties

SPECIALTIES

Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, eating disorders related to anxiety; anxiety related to ADHD (specifically in girls and women); picking, hair pulling as symptoms of anxiety
Chronic illness – Managing chronic illness and autoimmune diseases; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens
Depression – Tearfulness, low self-esteem, lethargy, feeling down
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Family issues – Moving from codependency to interdependency; emotional, physical, or substance abuse; not feeling respected, contemplating family of origin issues
Insomnia – Sleep hygiene; sleep issues related to anxiety and life transitions
Life transitions –  Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
Relationships –  Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Sexual identity – Questioning gender and sexuality; non-binary identification, transgender identification, queer identity, sexuality and power
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence) 

treatment-orientation

TREATMENT ORIENTATION

Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Sensorimotor therapySensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body-centered approach that aims to treat the somatic symptoms of unresolved trauma. Traumatic experiences may become trapped deep within the body, and therapists trained in this modality can help an individual begin to heal by helping that person re-experience, in a safe environment, the physical sensations associated with a traumatic event. (learn more)
YogaUsing specific postures, breathing practices, and meditation techniques to ease suffering and release life’s traumas and losses. (learn more)

clientele

CLIENTELE

Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / College students (18 - 24)
Adults
Parents
Mid-life adults
Artists (performing artists, creative professionals)

Languages

LANGUAGES

English


I was struggling with some very difficult family issues and also experiencing burn-out from work. I felt myself needing to shift my focus to my art and to having healthy boundaries but didn’t yet have the confidence to begin that process.

Every time I leave an appointment with Stacy I feel fortified and more clear. The harsh, unforgiving thoughts quiet down. Stacy listens without judgement. She gracefully guides me at a pace that feels right. Sometimes there are thoughts and feelings that are too scary to deal with alone, but Stacy acts as a mirror, and reflects a strong and wise part of me that I had trouble seeing on my own.
— Artist, teacher (2016)
Stacy completely transformed my relationship to food, myself, and my life. She not only helped me work through and overcome my eating disorder, but has helped me to feel empowered in my life and better understand the decisions I make. She is incredibly easy to talk to and helps me understand myself better through both talk therapy as well as body work such as yoga.
— Brown University student '16 (2016)
I began seeing Stacy while I was in college. My anxiety and academic stress was at an all time high due to a recent change in majors. I continued to see her for difficulties I had with food, family, and past relationships.

After seeing other therapists and never feeling like they were the “right fit” for me, I was very relieved once I began seeing Stacy. Stacy is amazing at helping you “feel” your emotions. She helped me see my life in a different light. I always left her office feeling like I was stepping into the right direction. One thing I enjoyed was that she often gave me ideas to work on between sessions. I always felt comfortable with her and I would recommend her to anyone.
— URI alum, Bodybuilder (2016)
I was dealing with depression that I didn’t know I had and was very sad and withdrawn. A friend encouraged me to call Stacy, because she had just started to go to her.

Stacy has been a god send for me. When I walked into her office just over 3 years ago, I didn’t know the extent to which I needed help. From the first visit, I knew I was in a safe place and she made me feel that way. She has opened up my mind and my heart to seeing myself and knowing my worth and realizing how to take care of me. It has been monumental in my growth and where I am at this very moment in my life. She has been encouraging and supportive, but always holding up a mirror to me, knowing what is best for me in a non-judgmental way, always positive. She saved me from myself. I will never be more grateful for any one person in my life.
— Self-employed freelance artist (2016)
I was at a point of emotional and spiritual crisis. Stacy helped me look unpack the issues and get enough space to take a look at what was really happening. She is skilled at connecting the emotional and physical manifestations of what is going on.
— Nonprofit administrator, yoga teacher, meditation facilitator (2016)
I went to see Stacey because I felt unsettled in my self. I was not taking good care of myself physically or emotionally, and feeling out of control in my own life. More specifically, I was experiencing issues with co-dependency, boundaries, and loving myself in general.

Stacey is the first professional I saw who was able to help me put a name to this ‘not right’ feeling. She knows when to talk and when to listen, when to push a little more when I glance over a topic, and when to let it go. But one of the things I love most about Stacey, is how versatile she is. She is ready for anything I need whether it is to cry it out, release negative energy, work out a conversation, or celebrate my accomplishments. She acknowledges my feelings, my experiences, and my needs.
— Organized, positive, friendly, and hard working (2016)
I’ve been working with Stacy for a few years. My initial visits with her were due to a marriage ending, however, I have had depression for my entire life, and Stacy has helped me understand myself, and do so much healing. Stacy is both compassionate and caring while reminding me that the healing process is difficult and to take accountability for what I need to “own.”
— Hardworking extroverted introvert (2016)
I was struggling with debilitating depression primarily due to a long-term relationship ending, but also due to to past traumatic experiences, new relationship difficulties, and future-oriented where-am-i-going stress. I also was just beginning to understand how ill my body was due to all of this stress!

Stacy is very compassionate, an empathic listener who will confront wisely. She is particularly skilled in body-oriented healing and used yoga and grounding exercises frequently. Lastly, her office is very comfortable - lots of natural lighting and colorful!
— Clinical social worker (2016)
I saw Stacy for anxiety and depression. I had left a job and was also facing many stressful family situations. Stacy uses the mind/body connection to help achieve a higher level of insight.
— Professional middle aged women (2016)
I went to see Stacy because I felt blocked and stuck in my life. With Stacy’s help I have been able to recover with a larger sense of freedom and sovereignty than I have known before. Stacy is professional at all times, and deeply committed to her clients’ healing. She holds one’s best interest in mind at all times and participates in, and initiates a process of deep healing both through her knowledge of reading and unlocking the voice of the body, as well as through attentive listening. She skillfully provides a safe environment, and encourages risk taking in gentle respectful ways. I really appreciated how she was able at all times to wrap up a session in such a way that I left feeling ready and well grounded to meet the world.
— Well educated, well seasoned middle aged person with a large variety of life experience (2016)