My name is Chris Cole.
I serve clients in recovery from any number of addiction, mood, or behavioral issues. I specialize in bipolar disorder and spiritual emergence, but my experience with addiction, disordered eating, body dysmorphia, psychosis, and spiritual emergency allows me to relate to a wide range of clients. Because I have been through quite a journey myself, I have no doubts about your capacity to thrive in recovery, whatever that might mean for you. I offer an experienced perspective, a holistic wellness orientation, and an encouraging relationship conducive to sustainable growth in every area of your life.
Combining over a decade of professional mental health experience with years of certified life coaching, I serve clients locally as well as internationally, helping individuals move beyond the limitations of their past treatment to discover an essential brilliance which has been lost or obscured. Without the darkness, there is no dawn. Perhaps my greatest asset as a coach is a whole-hearted faith in the transformative power of suffering, provided we are courageous enough to be honest and take action toward the life we want to live. A greater freedom awaits our sincere pursuit.
In addition to coaching services, I have written a memoir about my own recovery journey. I've titled it The Body of Chris, in honor of the delusion that I was the Second Coming of Christ. It took me a really long time to finally come to terms with treatment for my bipolar disorder while also honoring the validity of spiritual emergence, and I could never find many resources for men's eating and body issues, so I felt compelled to tell my story. The Body of Chris: A Memoir of Obsession, Addiction, and Madness was an Amazon #1 bestseller for bipolar disorder, named a two-time Finalist in both Spirituality and Religious Non-Fiction for the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and has received praise from transpersonal and clinical psychologists alike. If you're not quite sure whether we could relate, my book is a great place to start.
My most recent project, the Waking Up Bipolar podcast, is a collaborative effort focused on the intersection of bipolar disorder and spiritual awakening. This has been really fun so far, and the guests have been extraordinary. Plus you get to hear my voice before deciding if you like me, so that saves us all a little time, right? In all seriousness, I believe that your mental health challenges have the potential to mark your life in beautiful and poignant ways. We will figure out how together.
Due to frequent inquiries about my personal treatment and care, I would like to delicately disclose that I am under continued, indefinite psychiatric care, and have been since 2012 without interruption. Do not lose hope for integration of Body, Mind, and Spirit. No matter how far you go, Love will bring you back.
"All things are poisons, for there is nothing without poisonous qualities. It is only the dose which makes a thing poison."