This week, in our Sisters Series, we introduce you to Candice Christiansen, the owner and therapist at Namaste Center for Healing.
How did you find that idea that started your business? Where were you at in life when you started your business?
It started with my passion to want to help people but needing a niche; I was fascinated by people in recovery for substance abuse who got sober then started acting out sexually. I wanted to find out what that was and why it was happening. At the time, I was transitioning into private practice from residential substance abuse treatment; I was burned out from that and looking to start fresh on my own.
How did you know your business idea was something that you were going to make happen?
I am a very driven person and knew that there weren’t a lot of people treating sexual addiction or problematic sexual behavior in Utah, outside of sex offenders.
What was the biggest fear you had to overcome to take that first step?
It is the fear that I always have; the “imposter syndrome” – who am I to think I can make this happen. I love Marianne Williamson’s quote; one part of it she says, “We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?!” Great reminder.
What is the biggest fear you are still knocking down every day to keep your business moving forward?
Can I do it all? I have so much going on now that I worry that I won’t be able to do it all.
Who has been your biggest cheerleader?
My fiancé has been my biggest cheerleader by far; my protege, and my father have been my supports!
Who was your first client?
My first client was a female sex addict
What is something you do for self-care?
Meditation, baths, exercise! They are all a must for me!
How do you balance work with family life?
It is hard; I have adult step children so it affords me a lot of time to focus on my passion, which is changing the criminal justice system, alleviating trauma, and healing relationships.
What do you hope that others are learning from you?
I hope that my clients are learning that there is hope and recovery from anything is always possible.
What advice would you give women just starting out?
Be persistent; everything is negotiable, and don’t take no for an answer!
The sky is the limit! I just started a non-profit organization and am launching a Teen Prevention Project™ for at risk teens with problematic sexual behavior.
What is your go-to singing – top of your lungs, windows – down in a car song?
“I Am Coming Out” by Diana Ross or “I Was Here” by Beyoncé!