"I highly hold my being Italian as the reason why painting and cooking are so essential to me. Both are forms of art, both can bring healing."

"I highly hold my being Italian as the reason why painting and cooking are so essential to me. Both are forms of art, both can bring healing."

From the Mediterranean Sea to the Flatirons 

 

Cristina grew up in a scenic town on the North-Western coast of Italy, on a strip of land stretching between sea and mountains.

From a very young age she showed great creativity, using drawing (as well as doll dress making) as a means to understand the world and its complexity.

As a high school student Cristina was attracted to discovering the human mind and moved to Padua (a nice city near Venice) and studied Clinical and Community Psychology.

During the University years she started researching how to combine Psychology and art to help people cope with their emotional issues. The natural landing place was art therapy, which she studied in Bologna, Italy. 

She worked as an art therapist in different divisions of the Italian Mental Health System, but the most formative and engaging experiences came from leading groups of adults with psychosis and treating autistic children and teens.

As often happens life took an almost unexpected turn and Cristina and her family moved to Southern France and then to Colorado.

That's how she became deeply interested in mental health issues related to immigration and deepened her comprehension of trauma and grief.

Cristina continues exploring art as self-expression and healing. But most of all she enjoys bringing this world of discovery to people who seek peace of heart and meaning to life.

Among other things she loves hiking, reading, meditating and, of course, cooking.