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 20 years 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 Relationship Repair program. This program is especially designed for those individuals who are committed to one another and who want improvement in their marriages. 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 a couple. I have poured my research and passion into the R & R program and it’s time effective, fun, and results-oriented!
Many of my clients have worked with me via individual a-la-carte sessions but I also offer monthly program where you can get more time with me so you can get relief much faster. This is especially helpful for those don’t have the time to meet in person or aren’t local since most of the time I do this program via phone or e-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. 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. This simple pattern allows for trusted growth with every step. I also offer webinars for those who enjoy the teaching format via video. If you want to work with me on a monthly basis for a coaching program, I have limited slots available and am now accepting new clients!
If you prefer reading, check out my books, RELATE: A Guide to Marriage and Relationship Repair and RELEASE: A Couple’s Growth Workbook, 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. 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 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 pleasure, I love teaching my 3 kids and teaching my pod of teen girls in a literature class, writing, playing with my sweet son Jack, and date nights with my husband, Wes, an Enneagram 1 whom I’ve been together with for 20 years.
Although I love living in the country ‘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 clearly have to do my own work as well! :)
Well, now that you know all about me, I’d be honored to learn more about you!
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!