About Me

Hello.  I'm Kristina, the founder and owner of Compassion Evolution, LLC.

My Story

 

I have treated others better than myself.   

Since I was a young child, I have always been concerned with the well-being of others; people, animals, plants - all living creatures.  I dutifully took punishments for not eating the meat on my plate.  It upset me to see anyone suffer.  

Unfortunately, as a result of being sensitive, experiencing abuse, and being exposed to certain cultural messages throughout my childhood, I internalized the beliefs that 1) love hurts and 2) I am not enough. 

 

Being dissatisfied with the existence that resulted, my adulthood has been a journey of healing and adopting a new set of beliefs for myself.  It has been an uncharted, imperfect, and ever-evolving journey, but it I know it is right for me and I am committed to it.  I want to be a better role model for my son.

One thing that has become apparent to me (again and again!) is that compassion starts at home.  So, although I have always wanted to save the world from suffering, I know I would not get very far without first practicing compassion for myself.  

 

Of the MANY varied and unconventional healing modalities and self-compassion practices I have tried, a few have consistently worked for me:

 

  • living a vegan lifestyle

  • spending time in Nature

  • yoga

  • meditation

  • container gardening

  • decluttering and organizing my home

  • creating (anything from programs to art)

  • listening to music

  • using essential oils

  • Oh, and I love quotes!

Wanting to share what I had learned to help others, I established a small alternative healing business in 2011 named Shanti Healing, LLC. 

 

Ten years later, after continued learning and discovery, I refocused and renamed my business to Compassion Evolution, LLC.  

 

My Privilege

I experience privilege in the following ways: I am "White", cisgender, heterosexual, able-bodied, an American citizen, English-speaking, working-class, and I have a graduate degree.

I have experienced discrimination as a female and as a female in a larger body.

I believe Black Lives Matter and support racial justice.

I am an LGBTQ+ ally.  

To see how privileged you might be, take this quiz.

My Professional Certifications, Trainings, & Experience

 

I have received certification or training in the following, which have influenced my own compassion evolution:

I have been working in the human services field for more than 20 years, including over a decade of nonprofit management experience.  I earned a BA in Psychology from Fairfield University and a Masters in Social Work in Policy Practice from University of Connecticut School of Social Work. Since 2009 I have served as Director of a home visiting child-parent psychotherapy program for vulnerable young children and their families.

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