Ms. Cristina Del Principe, MSW, RSW, Social Worker/Psychotherapist

(she/her)

EMDR Certified Therapist

About Me

Welcome. My name is Cristina Del Principe (MSW, RSW, Social Worker/Psychotherapist), owner of the Restorative Trauma Practice. My goal as a clinician is to provide relief and the experience of wellness to all the adult individuals (18 years and older) I work with. I have 14 years of extensive clinical practice guiding individuals out of past and present traumatic and hurtful life experiences. This is accomplished through building a respectful, collaborative relationship and creatively combining therapy approaches like eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), sensorimotor psychotherapy, and interventions that heal distressing cognitive, emotional, and behavioural patterns. I describe my therapeutic presence as thoughtful, thorough, creative, and experimental. This allows me to understand your unique identity and experiences, which then directs me and the individual I am working with to engage in the appropriate therapeutic tools, approaches, and exercises I have learnt and utilized over the years of my career. My approach to psychotherapy is focused, individualized, and trauma-informed. I support adults who have endured interpersonal violence like: childhood abuse, neglect, and developmental/attachment wounding; human trafficking and gendered-based violence (i.e. sexual violence and intimate partner violence); and other traumatic and painful life experiences. I also support first responders. My work with diverse individuals has given me the opportunity to understand and successfully work with various symptoms like: post-traumatic stress reactions, experiences of disconnection with self, identity, and environment, anxiety, depression, grief, intrusive memories, feelings, and body reactions, nightmares, intense changes in mood, eating, addictive and/or relational challenges, and feelings of shame, low self-worth, guilt, fear, confusion, anger, and other mental and emotional impacts. I offer 30, 60, or 90-minute appointments. Also, I can schedule individual EMDR intensives. If you are interested in learning more on how I can support you, we can book a free consultation where we can discuss your needs and goals.

Education & Experience

Doctorate in Social Work (PhD), Wilfrid Laurier University, 2021-Present; Master of Social Work (MSW), Health & Mental Health, University of Toronto, 2011-2012

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

EMDR Certified Therapist - EMDRIA - 2024; Professional Training Program with the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation – 2024; Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) Institute Level 2 Training – 2022; Structural Dissociation Theory into the Treatment of People with Complex Trauma – 2021 with Kathleen M. Martin; EMDRIA-Approved Basic EMDR Training – 2021; Certified Clinical Trauma Training Level 2 – 2020, PESI, Dr. Janina Fisher; Certified Clinical Trauma Training Level 1 – 2020, PESI, Dr. Janina Fisher; Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) Institute Level 1 Training – 2019

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • ADD/ADHD/Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Addictions
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Issues
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Somatic Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Stress Management
  • Suicide Risk
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • First Responders
  • LGBTQ+
  • Seniors

Language

  • English