Christina Sessums, MSW, CNHP, CAHP
Integrative Health Coach, Autoimmune Specialist
4 LEGGED FURRY CHILDREN SPECIALIST
My passion for research and advocacy started as a young adult. I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work, 20+ years in supporting both children and adults with special medical and mental health needs and 8+ years of large business sales experience focusing on cultivating relationships and uncovering unmet needs. While I have worked in several industries I was focused on two things- EDUCATING and EMPOWERING MY CLIENTS.
In 2001 my life was turned upside down. I became very ill after a surgery. I had to use my advocacy and research skills as well as trust my faith in God to help save my own life. For 15 years I was the “autoimmune medical mystery” that did not fit any text book cases. Many times I was told to go to hospice, that there were no more options left. I refused to give up. I have always looked at the word “NO” and believed that it means, “Not yet”.
I had lost my ability to participate in the daily life activities I wanted to be a part of. My self-image was fairly close to the bottom of the scale, my marriage was struggling, my energy level was non-existent and I was losing hope that life could ever be “normal” again. My life revolved around prescription drugs, medical tests, doctors’ appointments and hospitalizations.
On my 4th trip down the holistic wellness trail I found a Dr. of Naturopathy (ND) who was willing to not only help me but also teach me how to become an Integrative Autoimmune Specialist so 6 years later I could fire her. (She isn’t really fired she just took a promotion; she is now one of my mentors).
Not surprisingly, I naturally integrated my skills from my social work and sales career into my life calling: Integrative Holistic Health Coaching. I use my interpersonal skills and training in social work to continue to provide coaching and empowerment to my client’s; my research skills into becoming an avid student of holistic health; and my teaching skills into creating and delivering online and in person workshops and webinars. This stuff is not my passion, it’s my life!
6 Reasons to Work With Me
1) Empowerment- Finding the Root Cause- Not Another Band Aid
As an integrative Holistic Health Coach I can help you create and implement sustainable lifestyle changes by understanding that your whole body (mind, body and spirit) works together as one flowing system and can’t be patched together with mismatched supplements. Together we will identify the root causes that are preventing you from obtaining your optimum health goals. We will develop a plan to create free flowing pathways for better internal body communication by creating a modern day email system within your body without a junk and clutter box for signals to get lost in. I want to help you do more than just survive, I Want YOU to Thrive.
2) Assessment- I Will Help You Create A Concrete Plan Without Judgement
As a Health Coach who specializes in Autoimmunity and someone who lives daily with Autoimmune Issues I will help you cut through the overwhelm and confusion of all the fad diets, rows and rows of nutritional supplements, the Face Book and TV ads that seem too good to be true and the google self-diagnosis websites. I will give you exact steps to follow and you will leave with a written plan, knowing exactly what you need to do, how, when and why you need to do it.
3) Research Skills- Old Skills and New Technology
Many of the most effective tools from the past in supporting the human body have become a lost art. My quest for knowledge motivates me to read a vast amount of journal articles and research studies form around the world; as well as attend many conferences and online trainings. If you ever wish you could call a concierge service, at an affordable price, and get 1:1 help to navigate your health maze you need to call me. I have the ability to empower you by helping you determine your options are so you can decide how to navigate the maze you are in. Knowledge is power. When you are provided the options available I am confident that you can make the best informed decisions for you and your loved ones.
4) People Skills- Therapy or Coaching
I don’t do therapy, I am a coach. I can you help you identify obstacles you might want to change and create strategies for forward movement. I live the same lifestyle I am sharing with you; I can really answer the nitty gritty details of everyday life and how to make it work long term.
“Nothing paralyzes our lives like the attitude that things can never change. We need to remind ourselves that God can change things. Outlook determines outcome. If we see only the problems, we will be defeated; but if we see the possibilities in the problems, we can have victory.”
– Warren Wiersbe
6) Creativity- There is No “Normal” and There is “No Box”
What is “Normal” anyway? Who lives in a box? I believe that the only boxes are built by us therefore we can destroy them or change them. We also have the power to open our minds to creative solutions and open our hearts to God healing. Let’s work together to create a creative and sustainable plan for your health goals.
“Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly” Monica Adams