Hi, I’m Christa Hardin, the CEO of Enneagram + Marriage!
After over a decade in the world of clinical psychology, I moved into my private practice where I have been able to work with hundreds of couples and individuals. After nearly two decades of working with couples, I started Enneagram + Marriage to share my love of marriage work with the world through social media and my podcast! It’s amazing to have a dream come true and I don’t take that lightly. I continue to be inspired by the brave couples and individuals who I am privileged to work with and love helping them to cross the finish line of their dreams again and again.
I am SO thankful for my roots from EMU, Wheaton College, and AACC, where I have majored in communication (Bachelor’s Degree, EMU), psychology (Bachelor’s Degree, EMU), Clinical Psychology (Master’s degree, Wheaton) and coaching (AACC). I did an independent study on marriage in graduate school of couples and their attachment styles. I continue to learn from and integrate practice from the very best places in the world of family systems thinkers, brain research, and marriage and wellness research at large. I take the Bible, God’s word, as my ultimate source for inspiration and wisdom in all I do.
Out of my training and experience from working with couples came my R & R Marriage Method program, the 45 Enneagram Glow Pairing Guides, and the E + M Certification Course. In essence as a practitioner, I don’t diagnose or condemn others for their flaws (we are all growing!), but instead, I become a student of both their strengths and areas for growth and find creative and strategic ways to help them to thrive as both individuals and as couples (for those in a relationship). I have poured my research and passion into my programs and podcast to restore love and safety and to bring fun and results-oriented tools!
Many of my clients have worked with me via individual a-la-carte sessions. If you’re looking for a good fit for your personality (totally important), personally, I am warm, friendly, nurturing and creative, an ENFJ who loves teaching and inspiring passionately with practical, life-giving tools. I love laughing and being silly but also love going deep with people. I am sporty and real, not fancy so I warn anyone looking for fake that you will not find that with me in your session but you will find real, authentic care and strategy! In many of my couples sessions, my clients reflect on their deepest joys and sorrows, recognize their unhealthy patterns, and commit to trying out the new ideas we come up with together. Sometimes they pair their coaching with counseling locally. The simple patterns I aim to follow allow for trusted growth with every step.
If you prefer reading, check out my books, RELATE: A Guide to Marriage and Relationship Repair and RELEASE: A Couple’s Growth Workbook, Just Your Type, my mother’s devotional Messy Buns and Cartwheels, and, for individuals, my e-book, The Overflowing Life: A Life Hack for the Overwhelmed & Overloaded.
Who am I behind the scenes? Well, I grew up in Detroit with three loving older siblings. My father, an 8, had an MA in English Lit and instilled in me a love for writing and the classics. My mother, a 9(ish) was an elementary teacher (and stay at home mother later), doing an awesome job in everything she did, even while dealing with mental health issues. Her strength and recovery, along with their marriage, inspired me to get into this field, to reduce stigma and to lend hope where there is none.
I am a huge Jane Austen and J.R.R. Tolkien lover and I love reading these authors again and again to glean from their incredible human studies and characterization. With my husband and friends, I love having intellectual and philosophical conversations but relationships and laughter are at the top of the list too, of course! My guilty pleasure is to read classic children’s books for fun, and even as a 7, reading is one area I don't need new books. I read the same ones again and again! All three of my kids have middle names from classic English literature characters :)
For the day-to-day life, aside from relationship study, I love teaching my kids and writing, as well as date nights with my husband, Wes, an Enneagram 1 whom I’ve been married to for twenty years this June 2021.
Although I love living in the SoFla ‘burbs I call "the Shire" near the beach with my family for the sake of regularity, I'm a major city girl at heart! A day in New York or Chicago is always welcome in my books--but don’t get me started on how much I love the mountains or Michigan in the Fall! I work hard at being present where I am too - I have my own ongoing work to do as well! :)
Well, now that you know all about me, I’d be honored to learn more about YOU! Feel free to write in any time. While I don't have the ability to coach you personally unless you're a client, I always enjoy hearing about your life.
Looking forward to living life intentionally with you!
Listen to the Enneagram + Marriage Podcast
The E+M Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple and Stitcher podcasting platforms
with new episodes every Monday.
Interested in Working with Christa's team?
Whether you're looking for marriage coaching, life coaching, or Enneagram coaching, Christa currently has a waiting list but has a full counseling and coaching staff and offers sessions via Zoom secure video conferencing as well as phone sessions!