Christy Byrne Yates
COACH. AUTHOR. SPEAKER.
Let Me Help You Find the Calm in the Storm
As a Licensed Educational Psychologist, School Psychologist and mental health professional with over 40 years of working with various populations, and as someone who's been squeezed in the Sandwich Generation, my aim is to provide resources, connections, and useful frameworks to help you make informed and empowering choices in caring for yourself, your family, and the people you serve.
“We had the pleasure of having Christy present to our group on Self-Care. She is full of wisdom, love, and the humor she brings across is contagious. Her authenticity is refreshing.”
- Sandy Jessica Colling, Owner & CEO Sandy J. Colling, Healthy Lifestyle Advocate, Women Empowered
I always wanted to be a writer. The "Great American Novel" or "Syndicated Humorist" were my goals!
No surprise I graduated The Ohio State University with a degree in English and Communication.
But life takes its turns, doesn’t it? I soon found myself back home working at a couple of different jobs and volunteering at a local Suicide Prevention Center (SPC). After some time on phones, I was asked to take on the position of Case Manager. I worked with repeat callers and outside service providers to build ongoing support for people in need.
I quickly determined I needed more education!
I attended the University of Southern California and earned a Master’s in Counseling Psychology. From there, I worked with young adults with Learning Disabilities helping them to learn job skills and independent living skills. This was at a time when the Americans with Disabilities Act was first passed, so I helped form a regional network of agencies dedicated to helping people with special needs find employment. Over the course of a few years, I also worked with women and men on parole and families and individuals who were homeless.
Managing transitions, case management, and wellness soon became areas of expertise.
After marriage and having my own two children I turned to education, first as a Special Education teacher, and then as a School Psychologist, earning two graduate-level credentials along the way.
At a certain point, my elderly parents started to need me as well. This was the most difficult period of my life.
With a lot of research, education, and support, I managed to get through caring for my parents for over 6 years while also working full time and raising two children. I have now turned my efforts to supporting others during some of the most challenging endeavors in life: parenting and caring for aging parents.
And I wrote my first book: "Building a Legacy of Love: Thriving in the Sandwich Generation." Click on Book at the top menu to order.
Now I bring my expertise in managing transitions, case management, wellness, along with knowledge of human development and education to the challenges faced by those in the Sandwich Generation.
It is my sincere belief that life’s challenges are our greatest opportunities.