HI, I’M Chistine,
I’ve been there…stressed out and on the verge of burnout, believing this is just the pricey toll I had to pay along the road to success. But through an unexpected turn along my journey (detailed in “My Story” below), I discovered how healthy lifestyle changes reduced my stress levels and boosted my focus and mental energy. I didn’t have to live like had for so many years. In fact, I was able to do more than just live. I could THRIVE.
Now, I’m passionate about helping success-driven women verging on burnout manage stress so they can thrive at work and home. I believe being healthy and well plays a large role in getting us where we really want to be in life, and I get very excited about the prospect of helping others transform their lives for the better.
I also have a strong curiosity about other people and what makes them tick. I love learning about others’ hopes and goals and helping them get there – which means figuring out the unique combination to unlock their personal motivation for change. I really care about my clients, and I take helping them reach their health and wellness goals very seriously! If you decide to work with me, I want to take the time to really get to know you, including your strengths, needs, values, and vision for your best self. Then we’ll work together to create well-crafted goals to get you there. I look forward to helping you become the healthiest, happiest, and best possible version of yourself. A version where you’re not just living, but are thriving!
“I BELIEVE BEING HEALTHY AND WELL PLAYS A LARGE ROLE IN GETTING PEOPLE WHERE THEY REALLY WANT TO BE IN LIFE. . .”
Christine grew up in Richmond, Virginia and got her undergraduate degree an hour away in Charlottesville at the University of Virginia. Due to her love of reading and writing, she pursued a B.A. in English and studied abroad in London with the University of Virginia’s English department.
In 2012 , she was accepted to the Counseling program at California State University, Fullerton and received a Master of Science in Counseling in 2016. At her graduation ceremony, she received the Outstanding Research Award for her capstone project on the topic of positive psychology, which is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. Positive psychology is the foundation of many styles of coaching, including that of the Wellcoaches Core Coach Training program through which Christine was certified in early 2018. Later in 2018, Christine passed the certifying examination to become a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC).
Further training includes the Lifestyle Medicine for Coaches program offered through Wellcoaches and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, earning her the designation of Lifestyle Medicine Coach. She also completed the Lifestyle Medicine for the Brain course through the Academy for Brain Health and Performance.
Christine currently enjoys using her extensive training and knowledge to help clients make long-lasting healthy lifestyle changes that allow them to thrive at work and home.
MY FAVORITE THINGS
Most Health & Wellness Coaches have a reason they took this career path, and I’m no exception. In fact, I haven’t always valued health and wellness like I do today. As a lifelong runner, I’ve always been relatively physically fit, but that was about as far as I paid attention to wellness. I thought eating organic was a marketing scheme, and I rolled my eyes at my sister’s obsession with raw foods and eating what I felt was over-the-top healthy. I believed yoga was just a bunch of slow stretching and meditation was akin to seeing how long one could sit still. The truth is, I never would have given health and wellness a second thought if I hadn’t struggled with infertility.
During my quest to get pregnant, which started in 2015, I discovered all the reasons I should be paying more attention to health and wellness. I learned more about the dangers of eating pesticides and highly processed foods and why our bodies were designed to eat whole foods. I discovered that the nourishing practice of yoga can help with hormone balance and improves circulatory health, and I was enlightened about how meditation can reduce stress and even increase happiness. I knew all of the above could improve fertility, but as I started changing my health habits, I also noticed how much better I felt overall…both physically and mentally. Just by making small lifestyle changes, I lost nearly 10 pounds (without that even being a goal!), my energy went up, my stress levels went down, and my mind became more calm and focused. I clearly owed my sister an apology for all that eye-rolling….
I also married a man with type 2 diabetes, and along this health and wellness journey, I learned how he might be able to reverse his condition naturally through lifestyle changes so that he didn’t have to rely on medications the rest of his life. My eyes became wide open to the power of lifestyle medicine, which targets the behaviors causing the symptoms (instead of just treating the symptoms with medication), and I was determined to keep learning more. Since my husband and I changed our eating habits, he has lost over 25 pounds, and I’m happy to report he’s been able to significantly reduce his medication.
“ As I learned about lifestyle medicine,
I discovered how our physical health can significantly affect our brain and mood
and found myself drawn down a new path for helping people thrive. ”
Before my struggles with infertility, I went to graduate school to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. I initially pursued this path because I wanted to help people suffering from psychological issues that were preventing them from living their best lives. As I learned about lifestyle medicine, I discovered how our physical health can significantly affect our brain and mood and found myself drawn down a new path for helping people thrive. I still believed in the power of talk therapy, but here was a way to help manage stress and alleviate depression, anxiety, brain fog, and other common mental health issues through basic lifestyle changes. The confluence of my struggle with infertility, my husband’s chronic disease, and my passion for helping people flourish through improving psychological well-being led me to where I am today.
When you start down one path, you sometimes unexpectedly wind up on another. In the end, my particular fertility issue turned out to be one that could not be resolved by healthy lifestyle changes (so our quest to grow our family has taken another path…stay tuned!), but I’m so thankful that challenge led me to becoming a Health & Wellness Coach. I know with certainty that helping people gain more focus, balance, clarity, mental energy and joy through making healthy lifestyle changes is what I’m supposed to be doing!