Working as an Integrative Health Coach has great meaning to me. Prior to health coaching, I had a long career in education policy, and I always wanted to work in direct service for others. I was trained in health coaching at Duke Integrative Medicine and I am certified by the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaches (NBC-HWC), an affiliate of the National Board of Medical Examiners. I also hold a BA in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Public Policy, both from UC Berkeley. I have been married for 25 years and am the parent of two teenagers. Most pertinently to health coaching, I am someone who recovered from over 30 years of chronic pain.
I was able to overcome my pain and various other health conditions only after learning about the mind-body connection. Not only did my pain go away, but my emotional health improved and my immune system became stronger. I developed tools to heal myself and help guide others, through both my personal experiences and my subsequent training.
These days I enjoy practicing mindfulness meditation and yoga, cooking and enjoying good food with family, going on urban hikes, watching old movies, reading spiritual books and poetry, and playing with my dog.
My clients come to me for a variety of issues, and have wanted to make changes in different areas of their lives. I have also found that chronic pain is a major challenge for many people today. That, in addition to my own recovery, are what drive my interest in helping clients with chronic pain.
The work I do is based on Dr. John Sarno’s theory of Tension Myoneural Syndrome (TMS). I have also been trained by practitioners who are international leaders in the treatment of TMS and in the latest scientific research on chronic pain as a learned neural pathway: Dr. Howard Schubiner of Providence Park Hospital in the Detroit area and Alan Gordon, LCSW, Director of the Pain Psychology Center in Los Angeles.
“Working with Chris has been a revelation. Before we started, I felt stuck in unhealthy patterns of thought and behavior, but Chris is a highly skilled coach—insightful and caring. She listens with empathy and asks questions that get to the heart of issues. She’s helped me make connections, think in new directions and, most importantly, change self-defeating patterns of behavior. Blocks I once thought were immovable are finally shifting. I feel less stressed, healthier and way more joyful. I am so grateful. I know I couldn’t have gotten here without her wise and compassionate coaching.” -W. F.
“I have found Chris to be serious, intelligent, patient, generous with her time, kind, caring, encouraging and guiding without a bit of ego. I highly recommend Christina Wei.” -L. R.
“I really appreciated our sessions together as I got a lot out of hearing your perspective and feel much more aware of the things that tend to trip me up health-wise. Also, most miraculously, no back pain! Thanks again x 1,000,000 for taking me on as a client. I very much appreciated and enjoyed working with you.” -Q. C.
“In addition to addressing chronic pain, Chris was a great help in identifying areas of stress in my life and provided many tools which I continue to use and have found incredibly helpful in bringing my mind back to the present and reducing my daily anxiety. I am so grateful to you Chris!”
“Christina, you are an angel!” -M.R.
Workshops in the Workplace
So much of our lives are spent at work. Which is why it’s important to think about how our work lives impact our health–and how our health can impact our ability to work. Workshops are available for organizations that are aware of their role in their employees’ ability to achieve optimal health and want to develop a supportive workplace where everyone can thrive.
“Thank you for such a wonderful workshop!” ………. “Thank you so much for your continual support.” …….. “You have been an asset to the change of the organization in times of transition.” ……….. “We are thankful for you.” – Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation