We had the good fortune of connecting with Christian Peterson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Christian, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risks are an integral part of life. Taking a chance allows us to grow, even when the risks do not go out as planned. For me, going out of state for college to the University of Oklahoma even though I did not know anyone going there was my first tough decision. Taking on this risks, I quickly picked up on problem solving skills and build my independence. This same thought process brought me to Dallas and to take the chance in entering private practice, where I continue to be challenged and grow.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My approach to therapy challenges unhealthy beliefs you have about yourself, which fuel unwanted behaviors. I guide the exploration and understanding of emotional responses to triggering situations. Once you understand why something is happening, behavioral change can follow. I am very genuine, providing connection along with a direct approach.

I specialize in treating adolescents and adults with substance and process addictions, (including sex, pornography, gambling, and food), unhealthy relationships, anxiety, depression, psychological trauma, and PTSD. I have experience treating Bipolar Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, as well as grief and loss, and difficulty managing anger.

I have a great deal of experience working with minority groups to provide culturally sensitive treatment through my experience working in the judicial system, residential, and outpatient centers. I’ve sought additional training on culturally affirming and responsive approaches to client engagement, treatment, and recovery. Additionally, I have completed training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) to assist clients in healing from wounds of the past, and helping individuals live their best life by working towards the changes they desire.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Hang out in Lower Greenville, going to The Truck Yard is a must. There sign always has a catchy to Instagram. Grab some food at Greenville Ave Pizza Co. and dessert with Creamistry. Deep Ellum offers great scenic cultures. Stop at Terry Black’s BBQ and grab a Margarita at Vidorra. Checking out shops in Bishop Arts District, Lockhart Smokehouse BBQ is another great BBQ spot.

Far North in Addison grab some pizza at Zoli’s NY Pizza and then make your way to Pete’s Dueling Piano!

Sunday brunch is the best at Bread Winner’s Cafe & Bakery. While you are in the area, you can find some of Dallas’ hidden gems like the Teddy Bear Statues in Lakeside Park and Dragon Park, which offers some awesome photo opportunities. Some of the top visits around Uptown would be Klyde Warren Park, which has a little bit of everything. Head over to Katy Trail Ice House and find some treats at Cauldron Ice Cream.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I feel like it takes a village of support, from family, friends, colleagues, professors, and mentors. All of these individuals have supported in my lows and celebrated with me at my highs. From the challenges through undergrad and graduate school, internship, and to make the move to private practice, they have listened, challenged me, and offered their own insights to push my growth. I also have to recognize all of my clients for their own vulnerability and resilience that inspires me to continue to grow.

Website: https://www.dallasctc.com/christianpeterson

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