We had the good fortune of connecting with Christian Moore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christian, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
From the way tall grass looks like waves when blowing in the wind, the sound my cats make when they meow mid-stretch, digging for quartz crystals, fossil hunting, to exploring the world with my loved ones. These mindful activities help me detach from stress by practicing being in the moment. Noticing the beauty in every day helps me feel connected with the universe and more hopeful instead of pessimistic about the world.
Incidentally, I’ve learned how to be happier through sourdough baking, even though it can be frustrating. The dough is a lot like life and people. I can’t unbake the loaf once it’s finished. Even though there are indicators that the dough is ready, I have to trust my intuition and what I’ve learned up until this point to lead me the right way.
Even when it doesn’t come out as I hoped, it’s never truly a disaster because each time I bake I learn something. I figure out what I can do next time to make it better. I get to try again. It’s about the process of learning and getting to share what I bake.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am the solo practitioner and founder of Replenish Counseling. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and my Master’s degree in Counseling at The University of North Texas. I have worked with clients in a variety of settings, including a domestic violence agency, juvenile detention, non-profit organizations, and group private practice before branching out on my own. I have experience working with clients across the lifespan dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, self-esteem issues, child and teen behavior concerns, parenting issues, and family counseling. I offer in-person services in Dallas and virtual sessions throughout the state of Texas.
I trust in the power of healing through relationships and teach people how to live with their feelings rather than trying to make them go away. I believe mental health shouldn’t be a privilege. I accept insurance and offer a reasonable cash rate because it helps ease the financial burden counseling can be. I specialize in Play Therapy, which allows children to express themselves through their natural language. In play therapy, children can learn to become more aware of their emotions, learn coping strategies, gain self-awareness, and a sense of control. In my work with teens, I offer expressive activities and games to help lessen the tension that can sometimes be felt when meeting someone new and talking about hard things. I build rapport with children and teens quickly through understanding and my emphasis on connection.
Parenting can feel like a muddy, uphill battle and it can be difficult to know what’s right and what will work for one’s family. You can’t know what you don’t know as a parent and I’m here to bridge that gap to help strengthen parents relationships with their children. My passion for and my work with children and their families helps me in my work with adults because I think a lot of us are carrying around unhealed wounds from our childhoods that can lead us to repeating patterns. Whether that’s as a parent or as an individual. I also use expressive modalities in my work with adults, such as Sand Tray to offer clients a less threatening way to explore themselves.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to some of my favorite places around DFW. Carrollton for getting a boba from Tiger Sugar, baked goods from 85 Degrees Bakery, or a cheesy corn dog from Oh-K-Dog, and hop around the shops like Daiso and Kinokuniya. I would take them to check out exhibits at the Dallas Museum of Art or see an independent movie at the Angelika Theater. Go to Bishop art for a glass of wine at Neighborhood Cellar, nachos at Spiral Diner, or tacos and elotes from Taqueria El Si Hay. Go to Deep Ellum, for pizza at Cane Rosso or going to Ruins for some tacos and unique cocktails. For a fancier night out I would go to Lucia, Homewood, or Encina. We would definitely drink some of the best beer in DFW at Celestial Beer Works or False Idol and play board games. Cidercade Dallas is also a fun place to let loose with friends.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My support system is the biggest factor behind my success and is the inspiration behind the name of my business and logo. The meaning behind the symbol of the well came from a poem my partner wrote, describing me as the well and he the rain, it reminds me of the importance of taking care of myself in order to help others. I like to teach this same approach to parents and caregivers, encouraging them to take time to replenish themselves so they are more able to attend to the needs of their children. Life can sometimes feel defeating and you can only do so much on your own. Especially in my position as a counselor where I use a lot of emotional energy and lean on my loved ones to keep me going. Family group texts, cookouts with my friends, consultation meetings with colleagues, and the time for dinner with my partner are part of what replenishes the spark.
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