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Christina Szuch, MSW, LISW-S

  • Title: Embedded Clinical Therapist, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Phone: 614-292-5766
  • Email:

Therapeutic Style:

My approach varies based on client preferences and goals, though I often use elements from cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, and solution-focused therapy. I enjoy utilizing clients’ unique strengths and interests in treatment, whether that is art, music, movement, etc., especially if they feel uncomfortable or “stuck” with more traditional interventions. I hope that this can not only aid in building rapport and increasing self-esteem, but can also expand people’s ideas of what therapy looks like and who might benefit from it. Coming from working with a younger population, I have realized that some of the same strategies that worked for them can benefit us as adults. For example, fidget toys or doodling while talking might make processing in session more comfortable, and sharing about a favorite anime character might help identify real-life strengths and values. As a social worker, I believe that people are capable of personal growth and healing when connected with the right supports. At the same time, I think it is important to recognize and validate the impact of systemic barriers on mental health for marginalized groups, and to engage in activism alongside clinical work.  

Professional Interests:

My professional interests include working with survivors of sexual violence, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and neurodiverse students. I aim to provide trauma-informed care and would like to learn more about trauma-informed CBT as well as EMDR as I continue my career. I recently participated in a training about using tabletop roleplaying games such as Dungeons and Dragons for social skills workshops and therapeutic groups. I also plan to explore the role creative writing and bibliotherapy can play in managing trauma and mental health concerns.  

Groups and Liaison Roles:

I am an embedded clinician within the College of Arts and Sciences (ASC). 

Educational Background:

I am a two-time Buckeye; I graduated from OSU with my Bachelor of Arts in English (Creative Writing concentration) and Psychology in 2017, followed by my Master’s in Social Work in 2019.

Personal Interests:

I have loved running, writing, and reading for quite literally as long as I can remember. During the peak of the covid-19 lockdown, I also discovered the joys of wandering through local Metroparks and taking amateur nature photos (I love all animals and most insects). When indoors, I watch tv and occasionally play videogames that require minimal coordination such as Animal Crossing, Pokémon, Kirby, and Bugsnax. I also enjoy planning oddly specific gatherings for my friends; past themes have included The Great Gatsby, Game of Thrones, Clueless, Taco Bell, and—perhaps most memorably—vacuum cleaner ASMR.

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