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 health and wellness books, sought advice from family and friends, and even met a few of your own personal goals. However, now it is time to get skilled, professional help and achieve sustainable tangible results.
I am a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Provider, Nationally Certified Health Coach, Barebow Archery Senior Games Gold Medalist, and hold a Certificate in Whole Foods Plant Based Nutrition. I have over 30 years of professional experience helping people live happier and healthier lives.
I am an active, passionate and mature 60 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 10 year old stepson Ryland. To read about my professional experience please go to my CV page.
Christine R. Wylde, MA, LMHC, CHC is a Washington State licensed mental health counselor, Nationally Certified health 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 Health Coach Certification, NSHC
·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
·Barebow Archery Gold Medal, Huntsman World Senior Games
·WA State Record Holder Masters 50+ Female Barebow Archery
·NWTA Archer Member
·Barebow Archery Five 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 physical health, mental wellness, or plant-based nutrition I can help. I have helped others, like you, successfully navigate life's many challenges. Let's get started. Call or text me today.
Most of my health coaching 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.
My work with health coaching clients is also based on the extensive research about health promoting behaviors from Blue Zones and from e-Cornell Plant Based Nutrition Certificate Program based on the China Study. 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 consultation clients have a question or concern that they want to run by an experienced professional and want guidance on how to proceed. They are not usually interested in a ongoing coaching relationship but need an experienced professional's take on their unique life's circumstance and problem. This can be a one time consultation or a few more as needed. There is no long term commitment when using this service.
Mental Wellness Coaching
Most of my mental wellness coaching clients are smart, driven, high functioning professionals who are struggling with a life stressor that has become to difficult to manage on their own. They do not meet the conditions for a clinical mental health diagnosis. They are simply struggling with a curve ball that life has thrown their way.
My job is to provide effective strategies for dealing with the issue at hand so they can quickly get their life back on track.
When addressing such stressors I draw on cognitive-behavioral psychology, mindfulness, positive psychology, and use a 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.
Health Coaching sessions are available virtually or via phone. Session length is 45 minutes.
Consultation sessions are available virtually or via phone. Session length is 45 minutes.
Mental Wellness Coaching
Mental Wellness Coaching sessions are available virtually or via phone. 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
I offer a free initial 10 minute phone consultation to assess if I can help you with your health and wellness concerns.