"We're all just walking each other home."- Ram Dass
One sunny July morning, I woke up with an unshakeable feeling that I couldn’t live one more day like this.
I was 21 at the time, and I’d done everything I was supposed to do. I was a good daughter, a good student; I’d worked hard to get where I was, and my future looked bright. The sunshine beaming outside my window was a reminder of how I should have felt, but didn’t.
Instead, everything felt wrong.
Despite the bright exterior I was anxious and depressed. Nothing I did felt inspired or seemed to make any real difference. I was lost and confused – consumed by thoughts and feelings I couldn’t make sense of. No matter how hard I tried, I felt uncomfortable in my own skin.
I was overwhelmed and desperate to get out, but didn’t know how.
When I woke up on that clear summer morning, I decided that I wasn’t going to live in the fog of misery and confusion anymore. Something had to change. And the only thing that made any sense was to go to India.
What has unfolded since that first trip has been a lifelong pursuit of wanting to understand the human experience. Asking questions and searching for meaningful answers has been the single-most powerful driving force in my life.
Why do we feel the way we do?
What does it mean to feel at home in our own skin? Why is it so hard to feel safe and content? How can we find fulfillment at work? Why are relationships so challenging? Why do we experience anxiety and depression? Is it possible to lead the kind of life we want with less struggle, confusion, and uncertainty?
What would it take to understand our experience so that we can live a life we actually enjoy?
I’ve spent my entire adult life untangling these questions. Immersed in the worlds of yoga, spirituality, leadership and psychology, I’ve found real answers that have made a world of difference. By making them my own, I found a mastery and confidence that I didn’t even know was possible.
Turns out we can make sense of our thoughts and emotions. And I’ve seen it make a meaningful difference in my life, and the lives of countless others.
When we become better at understanding our experience, we’re less likely to get knocked down by life’s challenges. When we shed the weight of what no longer serves us, we can feel more in control, more focused, and experience more freedom to devote ourselves to things that really matter.
When we receive the right kind of support and guidance, we can begin the journey of coming home to ourselves. A place where there is more of us available to be creative, to make an impact, and to be of service in the world.
Now I wake up every morning and I have a very different experience than that long-ago day in July. I get to do what really matters to me. I get to help people transform their personal struggles so they can bring the best of who they are out into the world.
You don’t have to go all the way to India just to come home to yourself. There is another way, and I’m here to guide you.
Christine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Queen’s University and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. She is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC), a certified Strategic Intervention Coach through Robbins-Madanes Training and a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) in the province of Ontario.
As a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and assistant at SE trainings, Christine uses a body-oriented approach with her clients to resolve symptoms of trauma which reside in the nervous system. She also uses attachment re-patterning and emotion-focused therapy to help clients recover from adverse experiences in childhood and learn how to have relationships which are engaging, fulfilling, and emotionally connected.
For over 10 years, Christine worked as a manager, mentor, leadership trainer, and facilitator in aquatics, recreation, and the yoga industry. She has been a practitioner of yoga, mindfulness and meditation for nearly 20 years, and taught yoga for a decade before shifting her focus solely to psychotherapy, coaching and mentoring.
Christine leads workshops on the intersection of somatic (body) therapy and yoga, as well as couples workshops in Emotionally-Focused Therapy. A sought after teacher and mentor, she also regularly leads international retreats.
Christine works online with individuals, couples, and families from her home in New Brunswick on the beautiful shores of the Bay of Fundy. Christine and her wife, who is a professor at the University of Maine, spend time between New Brunswick and Maine, and travel regularly for work and pleasure.
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