Guidance for living well.
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Lao Tzu
Welcome! You have taken the right step towards creating positive change for yourself. Seeking professional help demonstrates both your courage and desire to live your best life. You have probably made a bit of progress on your own. Maybe you’ve read a few self-help books, sought advice from family and friends, and even met a few of your own personal or professional goals. However, now it is time to get skilled, professional help. Christine R. Wylde, M.A. L.M.H.C. is a Greater Seattle based Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Behavioral Health Specialist, and Health & Wellness Coach. Over the past 25 years her private practice has provided thousands with practical guidance and tangible results.
I am a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Behavioral Health Specialist and Health & Wellness Coach. I have over 25 years of professional experience helping people live happier and healthier lives.
I am an active, passionate and mature 56 year old woman. I have a naturally curious mind and read widely on many subjects. I enjoy learning about new ideas, current trends and technologies, as well as practical hands-on skills. In my free time I enjoy competitive archery, woodworking, organic gardening, and playing the ukulele. I also love being active in nature. You can find me hiking in the backcountry, kayaking in my handmade wooden kayak, or salmon fishing with my 9 year old stepson Ryland. To read about my professional experience please go to my CV page.
Christine R. Wylde, M.A. L.M.H.C., is a Washington State licensed mental health counselor, health and wellness coach, behavioral health specialist, and small business owner based in the Greater Seattle Area. For more than 25 years she has provided professional counseling and coaching services to adult clients living in the Seattle Area. She is known as a leader in the local professional behavioral health community and is well respected among her professional peers.
Prior to starting Best Lives, Inc. Christine was a Founding Member, Managing Partner and Senior Clinician for Low Cost Therapy Associates, LLC, an association of private practice counselors who provided a portion of their counseling services for a reduced fee. Christine also worked as a HIV/AIDS Mental Health Specialist at Seattle Counseling Service For Sexual Minorities, a counselor at Family Services Corporate Employee Assistance Program, as an inpatient counselor at Northwest Evaluation and Treatment Center, and as an HIV Test counselor at the Seattle Gay Clinic.
Christine graduated from college with a 3.9 gpa for Magna Cum Laude honors. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Psychology and Philosophy from Chapman University. She also received the Philosophy Student of the Year Award and was listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges. She went on to earn her Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Antioch University Seattle. She has participated in postgraduate couples therapy training from leading couples researcher, Dr. John Gottman of the Gottman Institute and from Passionate Marriage author Dr. David Schnarch of the Marriage and Family Health Center. She also participates in ongoing professional training to further her clinical skills and to meet the continuing requirements for state licensure.
Credentials, Education & Awards:
·WA State Licensed Mental Health Counselor
·National Society of Health Coaches Member
·Founder & President of Best Lives, Inc.
·Founder & Managing Partner LCTA, LLC
·Master of Arts in Psychology, Antioch University
·Certificate in Positive Psychology
·Certificate in Jungian Psychotherapy
·Certificate in Motivational Interviewing
·Gottman Method: Level 1 Clinical Training
·Crucible Therapy: Couples Clinical Training
·Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Chapman University.
·Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Chapman University.
·Graduated Magna Cum Laude Honors
·Philosophy Student of the Year Award
·Who’s Who in American Colleges
·Member of ASCAP
·National Endowment of the Arts Recipient
·Washington Artist Trust Music Fellowship
·USA Archery Member - AAP
·Rain Forest Archer Member
·Barebow Archery Two Star Pin Award
·U.S. Women's Triathlon Series Finisher Medal
·Iron Girl AFLAC Finisher Medal
·Danskin Triathlon Series Finisher Medals
Life is challenging. Sometimes it's necessary to hire a professional guide to help navigate through what life throws at you. I am that guide. Whether it is your health and wellness, relationships, or a mental health concern I can help. I have helped others, just like you, successfully navigate life's many challenges. Let's get started. Call me today.
Health and Wellness Coaching
Most of my health and wellness clients are mature professional women: executives, business owners or recently retired. They come to me to get help with one of the following issues: to lose weight, eat more healthy, be more active, be more intentional, become more present, drink less, reduce stress, feel more connected, or feel a sense of life purpose.
Motivational Interviewing is a research based coaching technique that I employ. It is used to help clients uncover their unique skills and internal motivation for accomplishing their personal health and wellness goals. I also use research from the field of Positive Psychology to help clients learn practices that create mental and emotional wellness. With health coaching clients my work is also based on the extensive research about health promoting behaviors from Blue Zones. And finally, I draw on the work of Carl Jung who was fascinated by the spiritual side of Psychology and concerned with the connection to and expression of one's deepest self or soul.
Most of my relationship coaching clients come to me because they have been struggling to connect to one and other. They are at a loss about what to do to make things better but are not yet ready to give up on their relationship. They both are open and willing to make the necessary changes to create a better relationship.
Relationship coaching is an opportunity for individual growth within the relationship. I help each partner take responsibility for their thoughts, feelings and actions. This in turn increases communication, sexual desire, respect, personal integrity and intimacy. I have over 25 years experience helping people in traditional monogamous relationships and non-traditional ones (Gay, Open, Poly, Live Apart Together, Kink, Long Distance, May/December, etc.).
I use an integrative approach which draws on the work of experts in the field of Clinical Psychology. These are clinician and author Dr. David Schnarch, University of Washington couples researcher and author
Dr. John Gottman, the work of relationship expert and author Esther Perel and the author Christopher Ryan. In addition to Clinical Psychology, research from the academic disciplines of Sociology, Anthropology, Primatology, and Cultural Studies informs my work with clients.
Mental Health Counseling
Most of my individual counseling clients are smart, driven, high functioning professionals who are struggling with a life stressor that has become to difficult to manage on their own. As a result they are experiencing a true clinical mental health diagnosis of mild to moderate depression, mild to moderate anxiety, or a mixture of both.
When treating such clinical conditions I use a cognitive- behavioral, mindfulness, practical, and strength-based approach. This essentially means that the focus is on changing one's behavior and one's mental perceptions in order to resolve the problem at hand.
Treatment also focuses on amplifying the unique strengths and internal resources of the individual. Which are then drawn upon in order to successfully address the current life stressor.
Health and Wellness Coaching
Individual Health and Wellness Coaching sessions are available both in office and via phone. Session length is 45 minutes.
Relationship Coaching sessions are available in office. Session length is 50 minutes.
Mental Health Counseling
Mental Health Counseling sessions are available in office. Session length is 45 minutes.
Chris is AWESOME! She has given me pragmatic tools so I may achieve my best life. Her positive approach is infectious. You can't help but implement it into your own personal "homework." While some therapists just listen and give you a little advice, Chris will hold you accountable from session to session... that's the way a life coach should work.
Highly recommended if you are looking to improve yourself and achieve
results for the best you EVER!
Christine felt like a wise guide during our time together. Each session immediately picked up where the last had ended. She never missed a beat. She was never arbitrarily prescriptive, but instead gave me assignments that seemed to spring naturally from my own self-knowledge. I am so grateful for our time together and am keeping her in my toolbox, in case I feel in the future that I could use a little "tune-up."
I would recommend her, without reservation, to anyone in search of a fantastic coach.
Chris takes a very straightforward, no-nonsense approach. She is great about guiding and providing some direction. She is not one of those therapists that just sits back and only listens. She is about providing tools and holds you accountable. I have never felt judged by her and feel like she has been great about calling both my husband and I on our BS.
I highly recommend Chris for couples or individual. I have done both and found each to be very helpful in resolving both immediate and some more long term issues/patterns.
Free Consultation Session
Want to hear more about how I can help you? Contact me today to schedule your free 20 minute consultation.
600 First Avenue, Suite 641, Seattle, WA 98104
3215 NW Lowell St., Suite 261, Silverdale, WA 98311