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Meet Dr. Cristy Lopez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Cristy Lopez.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Dr. Lopez. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I always found human behavior fascinating and am naturally good at helping others with challenges so they could achieve their goals. I spent several years getting the education and training I needed to become a psychologist. I earned my bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. Next, my Masters and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Then on to the University of Illinois at Chicago for my clinical internship and Arizona State University for a Postdoc Fellowship.

Within the first month of opening my private practice, I got a call from the Dr. Phil show. I have appeared on the show and been an after-care provider for guests of their show ever since, over ten years now! I also served this role for Dr. Drew’s Life changers. I was featured on the reality TV show Downsized as the marriage therapist for the couple followed on the show. I also serve as a guest expert for the TV show The List as well as numerous podcasts and other publications.

My clients are primarily high stressed professionals such as doctors, executives, and entrepreneurs. I use the latest neuroscience to help them perform at their best in their professions, relationships, and life. I see clients in person or online. Currently, I am developing online courses for my most popular proven programs:

My Anxiety Fix: Break Free from Anxiety in 10 Minutes or Less
Internal Mastery for High Performance
Keep Her Forever and Out of the Arms of Another
Find My Right Love

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Being told that a goal of mine is impossible has happened to me many times. Thankfully, I pushed forward anyway and achieved my goal. Some examples include…

While in high school I wanted to apply for a local medical school that accepted high school graduates, that way I could skip having to first go to undergraduate and then apply to medical school. I also wanted to apply to the University of California at Berkeley, even though I would be applying out of state, for undergraduate because I wanted to earn a Ph.D. rather than an MD. I was told it was pretty much impossible to get into either of these top schools.
– I applied to both anyway and got into both!

I was told that it is pretty much impossible to get into graduate school for clinical psychology straight out of undergraduate. I was supposed to go get real world experience first.
– I applied straight out of undergraduate to my top Graduate school and got in!

While in graduate school, I was told that it was pretty much impossible to win a grant for my dissertation research from the National Institute of Mental Health.
– I applied anyway and won the award!

I was told that it was pretty much impossible to get my first choice for a clinical internship. I also was told the same about winning a Post-Doctoral National Research Science Award from the National Institute of Health.
– I applied for both anyway and got both!

I was told by many in my field that it was pretty much impossible to start a private practice right away, especially since I was not going to take insurance.
– I opened my private practice as soon as I was licensed. Within the first month, I was successful and have never taken insurance throughout my entire career!

Being told that a goal is pretty much impossible can be discouraging. But, don’t let that stop you from trying anyway!

Please tell us about your practice.
Do you struggle with anxiety, stress, confidence, or getting a good night’s rest? Do you have a strong desire to get to that next level of peak performance? Are your relationships not as strong as you wish them to be?
I help executives, entrepreneurs, doctors, and other highly stressed professionals reduce anxiety and stress in 10 minutes or less so they can quickly and confidently respond to their inner critic, fall asleep faster, have less head or stomach aches, slow their brain down, be present in their relationships, and get things done.

What sets me apart from traditional therapists and coaches is that my unique programs are action oriented. You will not just sit on a couch passively chit chatting, going over and over the same woes. You also will not need years of therapy or medication. Instead, I will guide you through proven, focused, action-oriented programs that use the latest neuroscience to target the skills, strategies, and practices you need to break through barriers and limitations, eliminate unhealthy ineffective patterns, and finally develop the more successful and healthy life you deserve

I am most proud of my clients because it takes a really strong person to recognize difficulties or challenges, ask for help, face issues, and do something about it. It also takes a strong person to recognize the value of having a specialist or coach to help solve problems while being held accountable for doing so. I have had the honor of seeing first-hand from my thousands of clients the great strength necessary to do the work required to persevere until the true transformation is achieved.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
The road trips we would take as a family. Even though we were six altogether, my parents, myself, and my three siblings, in the confined space of our car for several hours on end, we would all laugh so much as we entertained ourselves. I was fortunate to adventure with my family exploring different communities and cultures as well as experiencing the great and varied landscapes of the United States. My family and I still bring up stories from our infamous road trips and laugh even more than we did at the time.

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