When it comes to personal development, positivity and cheering people on is great. And…if we really want to support and love women, we have to also make room for the difficult stuff, for the traumas and the “shadow side”. That is where this week’s guest, Christine Gutierrez’s work really comes in. Christine returns to the YKAL podcast and together we discuss honoring your pain, going to the darkness in order to get to the light and living in a world where your light side and dark side can co-exist.

Christine is a Latina licensed psychothera​pist, life coach and expert in love addiction, trauma, abuse, and self- esteem. She is the author of the upcoming book, I am Diosa: A Journey to Healing Deep, Loving Yourself, and Coming Back to Your Soul. I hope you enjoy our  conversation.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Who is Diosa and what being Diosa is all about. (4:06)
  • Christine’s book is broken up into three parts: The darkness, the light, and the integration. She explains why she chose to write it in this way. (9:34)
  • Why it is important to explore your emotional triggers. (14:26)
  • How to know if you’ve experienced trauma. (16:03)
  • Repairing your intuition after trauma and how to heal. (20:00)
  • Why Christine walks people through a meditation journey to help them visualize their first memories of anger or sadness. (27:38)

Resources mentioned in this episode:
Christine’s website
Christine’s new book
Episode 249: Healing from Codependency and Love Addiction with Christine Gutierrez

Christine Gutierrez, MA, LMHC is a Latina licensed psychotherapist, life coach and expert in love addiction, trauma, abuse, and self- esteem. She has a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University in human behavior and development, and a master’s degree from City College of New York in mental health counseling with a focus on community and prevention. Through her work, Christine offers private coaching, group coaching, and transformational retreats such as her annual Diosa Retreat in Puerto Rico, as well as the Diosa Tribe, a global community where like-hearted women come to heal, rise, and lead. She has been featured in Time Out NY, LatinaMagazine, Yahoo Health, Ebony, Cosmo for Latinas, Huffington Post, and others. Christine currently resides in Puerto Rico with her husband, Fernando Samalot, and their pup, Bodhi. For more on her work, visitchristineg.tv and follow her on Instagram @CosmicChristine.

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