"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 take one more step on the path I was on.
I was 21 at the time, and I’d done everything I’d been taught 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, nothing felt quite right.
Despite the bright exterior I was restless and unfulfilled. Nothing I did felt inspired or seemed to make any real difference. I felt lost and disoriented – preoccupied by thoughts and feelings I couldn’t make sense of. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t shake the sense that I was in the wrong place, on the wrong path.
I was desperate to make a change, but I didn’t know how.
When I woke up on that clear summer morning, the only thing I really knew was that something needed 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 mental stress and emotional pain? 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, coaching, 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 is a certified Strategic Intervention Coach through Robbins-Madanes Training and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), she holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Queen’s University, and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. Christine 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 around the world. In Canada, she is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) and in the U.S., and worldwide she works as a life and relationship coach, and a business coach to entrepreneurs in the mental health, wellness, and coaching industries.
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 leads workshops and teaches courses both online and in-person on the intersection of somatic (body) therapy and yoga, couples workshops in Emotionally-Focused Therapy, life coaching, and business mentorship for those starting out in private practice. A sought after teacher and mentor, she has led international retreats in Belize, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua.
Christine is 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. They spend their time exploring the beautiful state of Maine, hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking. They travel regularly (together whenever possible!) for both work and pleasure.
For a full listing of Christine’s professional qualifications, click here.
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