Christiane Dettinger

Christiane Dettinger, LCSW, CYT


Christiane Dettinger is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at the Personal Growth & Counseling Center (PGCC). She provides individual and group counseling and utilizes an integrative and holistic approach to mental health.

Christiane emphasizes empowering her clients to grow internally and interpersonally, and supporting their academic and personal success at CSUMB. As a therapist, Christiane promotes emotional and physical wellness in her work with students. In addition to talk therapy, she uses meditation, breathing exercises, exploratory art and writing exercises, role play, and yoga while working with clients. 

Christiane feels passionate about the PGCC’s group counseling offerings and invites all students to participate in groups as a tool to manage and reduce their individual stressors and to connect with peers. Christiane is very involved in the PGCC's many outreach services and provides presentations and workshops to students, faculty and staff, and within the surrounding community. She is also the field educator for the CSUMB Master of Social Work student trainee and a lecturer in the MSW program.


As an immigrant to the United States, Christiane has a personal understanding of a bicultural and bilingual life experience and is committed to working with issues of oppression and identity. Christiane has lived in the local community for eighteen years and is the mother of a school-age daughter. As a yoga practitioner, the spiritual and physical aspects of yoga such as self-awareness, balance, presence and service influence her work.

Christiane has worked at the Personal Growth and Counseling Center since 2004. Prior she worked as a counselor with elementary and middle school students and their parents for the Department of Health Services at the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. Christiane volunteered for two years as crisis response counselor at the Women's Crisis Center in Salinas for domestic violence and sexual assault cases.

She has served on various boards and committees of local non-profit organizations. She currently also works with foster youths and their families through the Family to Family Program at Hartnell College in Salinas. Christiane is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and is active in the leadership team of the NASW Central Coast Chapter.


Christiane received her Master of Social Work degree from San Jose State University in May 2005. She holds certificates as a yoga teacher and as a massage therapist.

Before starting to pursue a career in the healing arts, Christiane was the co-owner of an architecture firm in Munich, Germany. She received a Master of Architecture of the University of Applied Sciences in Munich in 1985.