CHRISTY WILES

INTERN

Marriage and Family Therapy Intern

I love working with people who are looking to restore or strengthen connection in their relationships. I believe that the greatest joy and meaning in life can come from relationships with the people we care about, and I also know that sometimes those relationships can be difficult. Even with the people we care most about, disconnection happens. This is when nonjudgmental compassionate support from a therapist can be a critical component in restoring joy and ease in your relationship. As your therapist, I’ll walk beside you every step of the way as you find a way forward with the ones you love. ​ It’s entirely possible to build more enjoyable and loving relationships, and I’m here to support you in making that shift! I’m passionate about empowering couples to navigate conflict. Working with me you can expect to find freedom from entrenched communication habits, find your voice, and restore the love you once had (or build a solid foundation for the future). In addition to my training as a couples and family therapist from the University of Wisconsin, I am also trained in mindfulness practices and somatic/embodied approaches to healing. I believe our past experiences are stored in our bodies and I’m interested in how those experiences continue to show up in our current relationships. I’m glad you’re here. When I'm not working as a therapist, I love spending time outside. Before moving to the Twin Cities area, I lived in California where I explored the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, and now I love exploring the lakes and trails around Minnesota. In my previous career, I organized art exhibitions and I continue to support the arts community in Minnesota. I have had a personal mindfulness practice for about ten years, and I am also trained in Nonviolent Communication (NVC).

CHRISTY WILES

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

Marriage & relationship counseling
Divorce and post-divorce issues
Family therapy
Conflict resolution
Communication issues
Premarital counseling
Life transitions
Grief and loss
Anger management
Anxiety
Depression
Developmental or relational trauma
Adolescents (16 yrs and older)
Career dissatisfaction
Women's and gender issues
Gender and Sexuality
Self-esteem/self-criticism
Codependency
Perfectionism
Family of origin challenges
Nervous system regulation

EDUCATION:

I will receive my M.S. in Couples and Family Therapy from the University of Wisconsin in 2022. Before pursuing a career as a therapist, I worked in the arts for fifteen years. I hold a B.A. in Spanish Literature from Reed College in Portland, OR (2006), and an M.A. in Art history from the San Francisco Art Institute (2010).