Dr. Christine Howard
In therapy, Dr. Howard provides a warm and non-judgmental environment in which clients can explore their emotions, gain insight into their relationships and behaviors, learn more effective ways to cope, and improve self-esteem and overall well-being. Her therapeutic approach integrates her training in both psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Dr. Howard also specializes in providing psychological evaluations to assess a range of concerns, including suspected ADHD, learning disorders, and emotional challenges. Dr. Howard works closely with clients and their families to understand why they are having difficulties with school, work, peers, or emotions and identify their strengths. She uses this information to create personalized treatment plans that help clients achieve their full potential.
Dr. Howard graduated magna cum laude from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in psychology. She earned her master’s and doctoral (Psy.D.) degrees in clinical psychology from George Washington University. During her training, she provided therapy and psychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults in various clinical settings, including community mental health centers, private outpatient clinics, and a college counseling center.
She also assisted in providing neuropsychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and young adults while working in a private neuropsychology practice. Dr. Howard completed her pre-doctoral internship at a multi-specialty practice in Lincoln, Nebraska. During her post-doctoral training, she provided psychological evaluations for children in Washington, D.C. public charter schools, where she evaluated students with suspected learning, attention, and emotional difficulties and worked with the schools to develop appropriate 504 plans and IEPs. Dr. Howard joined the FamilyFirst team in 2014.