Hi, I'm Christine.
A writer, Life & Empowerment Coach for parents of children with special needs, and Pediatric Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® Practitioner based in Ottawa.
Becoming Butterflies Inc. is my life's work.
It's my passion and purpose. Helping families transform and awaken, all the while seeing our very special humans bloom into their highest potential brings me incredible joy.
I want you to know, as a parent to a child with special needs, I am right there with you.
I see you.
How it all Started
Before making a drastic career change to become a pediatric Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® practitioner, and now life coach, I was a business professional for over 10 years where I excelled in fostering change and transformation in the workplace.
The turning point in my life was the birth of my youngest daughter, Gabriela, born with Atypical Rett Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that would leave her non-verbal, non-ambulatory, and with little to no capacity to use her arms and hands voluntarily.
Gabi's birth and the events that followed, set me on a path of deep transformation and growth. After much reflection and personal healing, I realized that Gabi’s arrival into our lives was the greatest blessing and gift our family could have ever experienced, permanently changing our view of what was the meaning of life.
“Our children with special needs have the ability to bring about our family's greatest transformation.”
A Sequence of Events
In early years, I was determined to help Gabi reach her full potential and spent months researching and exploring alternative modalities, travelling to various cities across the US and Canada.
In 2018, I co-founded Evolve Movement Canada, a business with practitioners across Canada, offering Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® to children and adults, a form of brain plasticity that is introduced through guided movement lessons.
In 2020, I founded Becoming Butterflies Inc. as a means to guide and coach families on their journey with their special needs child. A service I felt was greatly needed to empower parents in supporting their child with special needs towards reaching their full potential.
Why the Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement®?
I committed to ABM NeuroMovement® as a constant form of therapy for Gabi when she was one and half. It had such a beautiful impact on her development, from a physical, cognitive and emotional standpoint. Tremendous progress was made immediately after beginning treatments, and after nine months of lessons, I decided this form of therapy was worth me investing to become an ABM NeuroMovement® practitioner to help Gabi myself.
Through the training, I experienced incredible change physically, cognitively, and emotionally. I healed much of my childhood wounds, released a lot of suppressed emotions and became hyper aware of myself and others. I became more conscious, and awakened to a new way of being, seeing and living. This transformation temporarily shifted my focus from my daughter to healing myself, finding my joy, my passion and my truth, which ultimately helped Gabi find happiness in just being herself, finally feeling like she was enough.
You see, the more I healed within myself, the more I felt able to help Gabi by tuning into her needs, not my own need for who or what I wanted her to be. I began to truly see and value her, who she was and what was unique about her. What was special in her.
These discoveries completely shifted the trajectory of our therapy regimen to one that was more tailored to Gabi's interests, and her overall physical, mental and emotional health and well being. Her joy and happiness became my compass.
Getting to know her on a deeper level, beyond societal expectations, helped me support her on her path to internal fulfillment, joy and peace. It helped me understand who I needed to be for her, and how I could support her in reaching her full potential.
Take a walk in our shoes and read about our journey
Becoming a Life Coach
Through my professional work and personal experience, I have come to understand that parents have a pivotal role in helping their children realize their full potential.
It is imperative that parents take time to go inwards and heal the wounds that are triggered by the challenges they or their children experience. Healing these wounds are the first step in making room for them to actually see their child as the beautiful human being that is present and that is here to teach them.
Once parents loosen their grip and awaken to other possibilities, their children have more freedom to express themselves in their true essence and be loved and adored for who they are and what is special about them. Moreover, families are then able to look to modalities that better reflect the child’s needs, who they are and where they're going.
The benefits don't just stop with special needs children. This is a family affair; an opportunity for everyone to discover themselves deeply and shine their light from the inside out. When one parent heals their emotional pain and trauma, and opens their eyes to the true meaning of life, it has a ripple effect on all of those living in the household and beyond.
My goal is to help parents understand their role in their children's lives, giving them tools to get there, and then offering them education on the multiple options out there for the whole family to transform.
Alternative. Awakening. Liberating. Progressive.
Credentials & Professional Development
Certified Life Coach (in examination stage) - Life Purpose Institute
Conscious Parenting Method™ Certification Program (in training) - Conscious Coaching Institute
Certified Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness Coach for Special Needs Children - 50 hours
Certified ABM NeuroMovement® Coach - Level A
Certified ABM NeuroMovement® Transformational Movement Lesson Teacher
Certified Anat Baniel Method® (ABM) NeuroMovement® Practitioner
Certified ABM NeuroMovement® for Children Practitioner
Certified ABM NeuroMovement® for Anti-Aging and Vitality Practitioner
Certified ABM NeuroMovement® for High Performers Practitioner
Certified Reiki Master
Psycho-Bio Acupressure practitioner - Level 1