Christine Hirabayashi, Ph.D., LMFT, ATR-BC is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Board Certified Art Therapist. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from California State University Long Beach, and subsequently her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University in 2004. She received her Ph.D. in Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University in 2018. Her doctoral research focused on investigating how art therapy increases acceptance in adults that have been diagnosed with chronic pain.
Christine joined the Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center in 2004. With her passion for helping others express emotion through art, Christine offers individual and group art therapy, support groups, workshops, and facilitates an offsite open art studio designed to foster a supportive community and ongoing creative outlet for those who have chronic pain. Her vision is to continue finding innovative ways to strengthen and heal the mind and body by integrating psychotherapy and the creative process.