Christine Butler

About Christine Butler

I grew up in a mindful family, learning tools like meditation and visualization, and adopting a Mind-Body-Spirit approach to wellness at a very young age. Having an upbringing focused on mindful and holistic living was a great advantage, but not enough to prevent the inevitable hardships of life, and not enough to make them easy to go through. My parents divorced, I experienced bullying in school, and went through periods of low self-esteem and self-loathing. I felt different and learned how to cope and adapt in the best way I knew how.

Building rapport and trust with people had always felt easy for me. I became fiercely resourceful, independent and adept at taking care of others. I spent ten years climbing the corporate ladder. I was driven, confident, willing, responsible, and capable. I thought I was on track but was oblivious to how unfulfilled I was becoming on a deeper soul level. In my late twenties my health raised a serious red flag when I was diagnosed with a stress-related auto-immune disease. Despite everything, my life choices had set me up perfectly for burnout.

In hindsight, some of my greatest strengths (my fierce independence and ability to care for others) had become some of my greatest weaknesses. I had my own life crisis and entered my own īDark Night of the Soulī. A major transition was called for.

Choosing Mindful Transition: Taking Time to Get Real

I knew it was time to take charge. I did a self-audit, ended a long-term relationship, made lifestyle changes, and I switched careers to something that was more in alignment with my passion and values. I worked in a non-profit integrative cancer care centre yet even there, waiving the flag of wellness, I still felt burnt out. My quest for health and to reclaim myself was calling me to go deeper still.

As the years followed, I shed many layers and patterns that no longer served my higher purpose and developed much deeper authentic self-awareness, learning about the power of mindful transitions, healthy boundaries and empowered choices. Over time, I reclaimed my health and wellbeing, and rediscovered my true self.

Today I am healthy, lovingly married, and following my purpose and passion. I have a much more īrealī relationship with my family. I am surrounded by juicy, inspiring, powerful, adventurous and soft soul-sisters. I have a healthier and more balanced approach to taking care of myself, and to caring for those I love. I find inspiration in my insatiable passion for traveling and my curiosity for discovering new people, traditions, places and cultures. And I make non-negotiable time and space for celebration and ritual.

What I know to be true for me is this: I know I am well, whole, and never broken. I know I am being authentic, and I know that I have the tools, resources and awareness to make it through every day, and continue stepping into my own magnificence, even - and especially - when times are tough. It's not always graceful or pretty... but it's real, and that's what being fully alive means to me now.

Through my own journey, it became evident to me that my calling lies in helping other women through their own transitions too, and I set out to gain the tools and experience to be able to just that.

Building The Skills to Make a Difference

I am a Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC #3166) and member of the Canadian Professional Counsellorīs Association (CPCA) with a diploma in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology. I graduated from Clearmind International Instituteīs contemporary three-year counselling training program in theory and supervised practice of Individual, Family and Group Counselling, and have a diversified experience of facilitating support groups for individuals living with a diagnosis of cancer as well as for their loved ones. I am a Teacherīs Assistant at Clearmind International and have extensive experience working in corporate, non-profit and co-op environments.

Fiercely passionate about personal growth, I continue to attend various workshops based on the works of some of the greats in personal development and spirituality such as David Deida, Marianne Williamson, and Deepak Chopra. I'm also rather insatiable when it comes to gathering all manner of inspiring and juicy bits of soulful wisdom I come across, be it books, workshop, blogs and articles.

There is learning in sameness and diversity alike. I am looking forward to working with any woman who is ready to grow into the next phase of who you are becoming.

Christine is an insightful, heart centered, soul connected woman. She has an incredible way of making a person feel at ease by bringing warmth, authenticity and humour to conversations. I consider Christine to be a rare and magnificent light in the world - her depth, tools and intuition combined make her an exceptional counsellor.
Kimberley, Certified Solutions Focused Coach, Vancouver

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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Marianne Williamson
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