"Heal, first. Or else, you will destroy everything in your way."
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.
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.
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 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 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, and travel regularly for work and pleasure. They have the sweetest little pup, Beowulf, who is a Lhasa Apso/Miniature Poodle mix, and are expecting their first child in Spring 2020.
For a full listing of Christine’s professional qualifications, click here.
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