Dr. Christina G. Watlington received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and her bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College. She has almost two decades of experience working with clients with depression, anxiety, PTSD and related disorders. As an early career psychologist, she was the coordinator for the Returning Veterans Outreach, Education & Care Program at the VA Maryland Healthcare System (VAMHCS). Following her six-year tenure at the VAMHCS, she worked for a large Behavioral Health Company, Pathways Human Services, in a variety of leadership roles: Delaware Clinical State Director, Director of Continuing Education and National Clinical Director. Dr. Watlington has also had a private practice in Wilmington, DE since 2011.
Dr. Watlington has provided workshops nationally on trauma informed care and racial trauma. She is a principal designer and lead trainer of the New Orleans Trauma Informed Care project, supporting 25 schools. She also has presented workshops and keynote addresses at several Women Empowerment Conferences. She is currently working on two books- one related to dealing with racial trauma and the other related to ways women can manage stress.
Dr. Watlington is an active member of the Delaware Psychological Association, where she serves on the Diversity Committee and is the Federal Advocacy Coordinator. In 2020 and 2021, she was the committee of state leaders’ diversity liaison for the American Psychological Association. She is also an active member in the local chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. In 2019, she was honored to be a recipient of the Bridgett Medal from her alma mater, Franklin & Marshall College, for outstanding achievement in her profession.
Dr. Watlington provides services that are:
- Trauma-informed: I understand, recognize, and respond to the effects of all types of trauma.
- Evidence-based: I incorporate best available research evidence; client’s needs, values, and preferences; practitioner wisdom; and theory into the clinical decision-making process.
- Culturally-sensitive: I appreciate the dignity and worth of each person I encounter. I actively seek to:
- moves past cultural stereotypes and biases (e.g. based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, religion, gender-identity, geography, etc.)
- offer access to gender responsive services
- leverage the healing value of traditional cultural practices
My mission is to improve the quality of life for my clients, normalize help-seeking behaviors, shed light on the impact of racism and oppression on marginalized groups, and create a safe space for insight, growth and transformation. Through therapy (individual and group), coaching and professional development seminars, persons/organizations come to appreciate their strengths and turn challenges into beautiful opportunities for growth
To become a patient please request an appointment online or call our office at (302) 402-5541