Christa is a graduate of the ICF accredited Universal Coaching Institute, and has a BA in Psychology and English from The George Washington University. She is a member of BCPWN and a volunteer mentor and events coordinator at Center for Hope and Safety. As well private coaching, she teaches classes at The Paramus Community School, The Adult School of Montclair, and Midland Park Continuing Education.
She has an excellent ability to analyze the psychology of her clients, their situations, barriers, and mindset. At the same time she explores the energy and functionality of their external spaces and the effects it has on them. In doing so, she is able to provide tangible solutions to balance their internal and external worlds.
An avid Cross Fitter and lifelong athlete, she believes that mental and physical endurance go hand in hand in achieving optimal performance in all arenas. Life is unpredictable. The CrossFit mentality is train to expect the unexpected through varied, high intensity, creative, functional movements that translate to every day life. It's a way of life. A belief system that parallels Christa's own personal methodology: "There is no such thing as failure. If you are trying, you are succeeding." She approaches coaching the same way she works out by stepping outside the box, testing limits, and coming up with creative solutions to maximize strengths, neutralize weaknesses, and become extraordinary.
The goal of a Life Coach is to maximize a person's potential.
The goal of a therapist is to find what makes a person dysfunctional.
Life Coaching focuses mostly on the present and designing a desirable future.
Therapy deals mostly with the past and trauma, and seeks healing.
Life Coaches regard negative self-beliefs as obstacles to overcome and thus explore behaviors that will promote high self-esteem.
Therapists analyze the root of negative self-beliefs and explore the origins of behaviors that create low self-esteem.
Coaches and clients are partners and continually ask "what's next/what now?" Contact between sessions is expected for accountability, encouragement and wins.
Therapists diagnose and offer professional expertise to the client. Contact between sessions is limited to crisis and difficulties.
Life Coaches assume emotions are natural and normalize them.
Therapists assume that emotions are symptoms of something wrong.
Life Coaching vs Therapy
"Feed your faith, and your fears will starve."
~ Max Lucado
My style of coaching is not simply about talking, it's about living. It's tying your verbal, spatial, and emotional threads together into one body so that your inner and outer selves mirror each other. I liken my mind to my house - it needs to be kept tidy, true to me, and sometimes it needs a makeover.
I'm sure you have moved houses or at a minimum made some renovations to your existing one. Either way you must redesign, move things around and/or purchase new things. Same applies for your state of being - thoughts, ideologies, and hopes need to be reframed and regrouped to be symbiotic with your current one. That doesn't mean you have to give up your beliefs or passions. It simply means you need to reframe your mindset and redefine your actions to pursue the latter. Over the years, I've learned how heavily intertwined my mental and physical spaces are to my well being. So when I feel overwhelmed, I look at my outward space and how it correlates to my inward space, then I restructure my outside to reflect what I want to achieve and feel on the inside.
You will always be you, your core doesn't change. It becomes illuminated thru experiences which hold both joys and pain. The challenge is to recognize, learn, and accept who you are through each of these lessons. Life is lesson. It's a continuous journey of exploration. Embrace it.