"Heal, first. Or else, you will destroy everything in your way."

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ABOUT ME

In 1999, I was in my first year of University. I discovered yoga poses online and began practicing in my dorm room.

At the time, I was dealing with some anxiety and depression, and feeling a bit lost in terms of my direction, both spiritually and career-wise. I was studying psychology and loved to travel, but I wanted to make a meaningful contribution to the world, while also exploring my own personal development and self-healing.

My initial journey led me on a trip to India, and subsequent travels to Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan and several countries in Central America and the Caribbean. I spent my 20’s and early 30’s travelling, studying and teaching yoga, and exploring various spiritual practices with the goal of experiencing both inner peace and discovering my passion and purpose.

15 years, over 15 countries, 4 yoga teacher trainings, and tens of thousands of dollars later

I had explored dozens upon dozens of healing modalities and grown as much as I believed I could through spiritual practices.

Yet, there was still a sense of something unresolved within myself.

I had a lingering sense of feeling unfulfilled, disconnected, and not completely aligned with myself both inwardly and outwardly.

By chance, through my travels and a fellow practitioner in the yoga community, I was handed a book on discernment on the spiritual path. I finally began to understand what had eluded me all these years.

Spiritual practices were, for the most part, designed for enlightenment—not as healing practices for Western people.

Yoga and meditation had played a significant role in my personal healing, yet, it failed to touch the deepest parts of myself that had experienced trauma and still carried unresolved emotional issues. 

I now understood why.

Spiritual practices were never designed to heal psychological trauma.

They may help to a degree, but can sometimes lead to what’s known as spiritual bypassing (using our spiritual practices as a means to disconnect from our psyche, emotions, and unintegrated trauma) as well as play a role in re-traumatization when exposure happens too quickly, too soon, or is too much. 

This understanding led to 5 more years of study and personal work in Somatic Experiencing and Emotionally-Focused Therapy.

I completed a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology, entered intensive personal therapy, and shortly thereafter became a therapist myself.

I finally found that I was able to support people in a way that had been elusive to me only a few short years prior. I have long considered myself an entrepreneur at heart. With finely-honed leadership skills, and a flair for business, I now specialize in supporting female entrepreneurs who work in the holistic or mental health industries, to complete their own personal work so they can offer the best of themselves to their clients and to their work. 

If your business and career aren’t where you’d like them to be, and you have a sense that you might be standing in your own way, personal psychotherapy and counselling can help.

From exploring deep-rooted emotional blocks, to challenges in relationships, and re-visiting past traumas to process and integrate them, true healing is possible. 

If the modality you study and practice, or your experience with yoga, meditation or spirituality has taken you so far … but still hasn’t yielded the results you’re looking for, attachment and trauma work through a psychotherapeutic approach may be the answer you’ve been seeking.

Whether you’re interested in individual work, or couples work for yourself and your partner, I invite you to reach out and book a discovery call. 

I’d love to meet you and see how I can help facilitate your healing journey. 

PROFESSIONAL BIO

Christine holds both 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 certified Strategic Intervention Coach through Robbins-Madanes Training, a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and Assistant at Professional Trainings, has been a practitioner of yoga, mindfulness and meditation for 20 years, and has taught yoga since 2007.

Christine works online with individuals and couples in Canada. Christine uses her background in yoga, mindfulness, meditation, and Somatic Experiencing with her clients to explore inner feelings and sensations. She uses her training in psychology and coaching to help clients renegotiate their beliefs and perceptions about the past and learn how to have relationships (both at work and in their personal life) which are engaging, fulfilling, and emotionally connected.

Christine was born and raised in Canada, until she met her wife, who is a professor at the University of Maine. In 2018, Christine immigrated to the United States, where she and her wife now live happily together in Orono, Maine with their infant daughter and pup, Beowulf. 

For a full listing of Christine’s professional qualifications, click here. 

 

WORK WITH ME

Individuals

Counselling or coaching is right for you if you are struggling with stress or anxiety. You want to feel passionate and purposeful, yet unresolved symptoms hold you back in your relationships, career, and overall life satisfaction.

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Couples

Couples Counselling and/or Coaching is a fit for you if you and your partner are having a hard time in your relationship. You are struggling to communicate effectively and feel deeply connected, and you are looking for support to deepen your bond.

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Somatic Experiencing

SE Sessions are right for you if you are currently pursuing professional training in Somatic Experiencing. You are a counsellor, therapist or other wellness practitioner, looking for personal SE sessions to count towards certification.

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Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.

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