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Hi, I'm Christine

Welcome to Beachside Counseling. I’m so glad you found your way here. If you want to find hope and inspiration, if you’re in need of emotional healing and support, or if you want to make some changes to create more happiness in your life, you’ve come to the right place.

Beachside Counseling is a boutique therapy practice located in San Diego and Sonoma County. At this point in time, we only provide teletherapy services and can work with anybody located in California.

My Approach

I know life can be hard sometimes — everybody goes through seasons when they need extra support. Maybe you're facing a big life transition, experiencing grief from the loss of a loved one, coping with a painful breakup or divorce, fighting low self-esteem, or dealing with relationship issues. Or, maybe you're feeling unhappy or unfulfilled and you don't know why. Whatever challenge you are facing, I'm here to support you.

I use a collaborative, client-centered, and strength-based approach to help you explore things from both your past and present that are making life harder than it needs to be. I believe in the power of validation, that you are the expert of your own life, and that your lived experiences are fundamental to our work together. For this reason, I follow my client's lead in where they want to take our work together.

I don't believe that change always requires major action. Together we will identify small steps you can take to create big changes in your sense of self, your relationships, your career and your life. Things like change, stress, grief and conflict make life hard. If you're struggling to get over a significant loss, adjust to a major life transition, increase your self-esteem, or cope with ongoing relationship issues, I’m here to support you. 

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“i believe that therapy is a sacred space where you can take off your mask, put down your armor, and settle into who you really are.”

- Christine Tomasello, LMFT

Specializing in specific life challenges, including:

  • Grief & Loss

  • Significant Life Changes

  • Relationship Struggles for Couples

  • Relationship Challenges for Individuals

Education & Experience

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My Beliefs About Therapy

Many people aren’t quite sure what therapy is all about. It’s not just venting or complaining — it’s about so much more than that. I like to think of therapy as being made up of 3 integral parts: exploring and expressing your emotions; developing insight, awareness, and self-understanding behind your feelings and life patterns; and building healthy and effective coping skills to navigate life's challenges and cultivate happiness and contentment in your life. When we work together, we will focus on each of these parts to help you find hope, heal from your pain and create positive changes to bring happiness into your life.

Common Questions About Therapy

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Are You Ready to Find Happiness?

Life can be challenging sometimes — circumstances change, people depart and love can be fleeting. Therapy helps you build the tools to manage life when it's harder than it needs to be.

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