I have met two child whisperers in my lifetime: My mother and Chris Messina.

We came to Chris in hopes of using her service and expertise to help our daughter manage her anxiety around school work and frankly everything else. Our 9 year old has been anxious as long as I can remember. Her anxiety reached a peak when one evening her little sister got very sick…the yucky stomach flu kind of sick. This incident took place 3 years ago and for 3 years our 9 year old has been TERRIFIED of the mere mention of a stomach ache, throwing up, anyone saying the word “cold”…”flu”…”I feel sick”….you get my drift. It got to a point where it began effecting her quality of daily life….not to mention all the tension in our home while we did our best to “manage/control” her anxiety. She was also struggling in school. Her anxiety was effecting her ability to concentrate in class and keeping her from forming positive relationships with peers. We tried journaling, yoga, numerous “heart to hearts” and any other tip I got from all the books, articles and podcasts I listened to about children with phobias and anxiety. NOTHING was working. Then came Chris…

We saw a huge shift in our daughter after her first meeting with Chris. She came home beaming: “MOM!!!! You will never believe this. Chris gets me. Like really gets me…it’s like she’s magic or something. She knows what its like to be afraid of something everyone else tells you not to be afraid of”. Chris has this incredible ability to get on a Childs level and connect with them in an organic and loving way. Let me tell you, my daughter is surrounded by a tribe of incredible family members who would do anything for her. But it’s Chris she feels most safe with…she has told me numerous times Chris is her safe place. As parents, there are no words to describe our immense gratitude for Chris’s work in this world and how much she has impacted our daughters life and sense of self. She has given her the tools to believe in herself, self soothe, communicate her feelings, ask for what she needs and most importantly models what respect for a Childs point of view looks and feels like. After just two months of working with Chris, we saw a substantial improvement in our daughters performance in school. AND she has given us the tools to provide a better emotional and physical environment for our daughter. Chris’s contribution and utmost professionalism has impacted our family dynamic in the best way. THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts Chris!!!