Christopher received his B.A. Degree in Human Services from Saint Leo University with undergraduate focus in Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy, and his Master’s Degree at Webster University with a concentration in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral and Experiential therapies.
Chris is also a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) which allows him expertise in facilitating specialized SLA and COSA groups. Chris has extensive clinical knowledge and expertise in eating disorders, trauma resolution, sex and love addiction and co-occurring addictions.With this he is able to treat many clients and conduct many different styles of groups.
An education history which ranges from Conflict Analysis and Resolution to studies in Sex therapy – eventually leading to an interest in Trauma Resolution and Sex Addiction Field. Chris began working at The Refuge in 2007. He is currently working at Avalon Malibu – a leader in trauma and addiction residential treatment as Director of Family Week and Experiential Therapies.
Chris is currently a co-facilitator of an intensive trauma treatment certification program, Spirit2Spirit Trauma Healing.
Chris is also well known for his meditation and mindfulness facilitation as well as use of heart centered breath in a modified Holotropic Breathwork modality suitable for beginners, experts, and trauma survivors alike – combined with techniques of Soul Gazing and energy work
He is frequently asked to share this technique with clients and staff. He is facilitating this practice in Intensives, the Marion County Community, the Los Angeles area, and also available for private groups (please contact for more information and availability 310.926.1369). He firmly believes in practicing a treatment modality that encourages a healing connection between mind, body, and spirit, through the efforts of fostering personal empowerment and body acceptance.
In Janurary of 2015, after working with The Foundation for Living beauty in 2014 as a private and group facilitator, he was honored to join the team at The Foundation for Living Beauty as one of their ambassadors to help fulfill their mission of empowering women to increase their physical wellness and emotional stability while coping with the taxing effects of cancer and chemotherapy.
Tari became a yoga teacher after her diagnosis of cancer in 2000. Since then, she has used yoga as a powerful tool to manage the daily challenges of cancer treatments, as well as the side effects and lifelong vulnerabilities they create. She developed a unique, carefully constructed specialized methodology, yoga4cancer (y4c) that is tailored to address the specific physical and emotional needs left by the cancer and its treatments. Tari has been offering y4c classes and retreats across the US for the past 12 years. The y4c teacher training program began in 2005 with the growing need and interest in a yoga and cancer. Since then she has trained over 1200 yoga teachers from all over the world utilizing her researched methodology to meet the physiological and psychological needs of this special population.
Tari is the Yoga Ambassador for The Foundation for Living Beauty, a regular presenter at industry conferences like Yoga Journal Conference, Yoga Service Council, Texas Yoga Conference, and International Alliance of Yoga Therapist Conferences. She has had numerous articles published in Mantra Yoga+Health,MindBodyGreen, Organic Spa Magazine, YogaCity, and Yoganomymous. She is a nominee for the 2015 Yoga Journal Good Karma Award.
Tari’s work with cancer survivors gained her a featured role in the full length movie YogaWoman along with industry celebrities like Shiva Rea and Sean Corne that has been shown across the US and many international markets.