Christina Maria Riga, PhD, LPC, ACS, NCC


EMDR Certified Therapist

EMDR Consultant-in-Training

Online Therapy

About Me

In more than 25 years in the profession, I've specialized in working with adolescents, adults, and families who struggle with trauma, substance abuse, grief and loss, lack of self-esteem, self-assertiveness, and anxiety/depression. I've seen that most of mental health issues and addictive behaviors are rooted in the pain of unresolved emotional trauma. I am a licensed, nationally certified professional counselor, gestalt and EMDR trauma certified, with experience in an array of treatment orientations. Together, we can identify the approach that is right for you. I look forward to extending my guidance to you, so you can achieve the full, healthy life you desire. I am a Consultant in Training (CIT) who works with EMDR practitioners to discuss how they are utilizing EMDR, how clients are responding, and how EMDR might further enhance their practice. I am available for individual and group consultation.

Education & Experience

PhD in Counseling December 2015 Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA MsEd Community Counseling 1997 Duquesne University, Pittsburgh PA BA Psychology 1987 Seton Hill College, Greensburg, PA I have been in private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2015. Prior to establishing my private practice, I worked as a counselor at multiple social services agencies.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

American Counseling Association (ACA), 2005–present

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Addictions
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Family Issues
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Spirituality
  • Stress Management
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • First Responders
  • Group
  • LGBTQ+
  • Seniors
  • Veterans/Military


  • English


  • Highmark

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center