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About Bret Eartheart

Founder, Licensed Therapist, Marriage and Couples Counselor, and Thriving Relationship Coach

With laser wisdom, Bret’s specialty is helping couples identify exactly what’s not working, transform the core issues that lie underneath recurring problems, and discover a clear and deeply rewarding pathway to new levels of love. As a licensed social worker and marriage therapist, Bret has extensive experience helping people from all walks of life dissolve long-standing conflicts or challenges and gain profound new insights into their lives.

Bret received his Master’s of Social Work from Indiana University and is a licensed psychotherapist. He is also a certified Conscious Loving Coach through the Hendricks Institute and has been trained in diverse modalities: cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, Emotional Freedom Technique, mindfulness, men’s work, hypnotherapy, breathwork, and beyond. In addition to working specifically with couples, Bret is passionate about helping parents work together more effectively and entire families develop flourishing relationships that support and bring out the best in everyone involved.

Bret has been facilitating healing and transformation since the 1990’s. People describe him as having an exceptionally calming, accepting, caring, grounded, fun, and sage-like presence and depth that helps them see things clearly and goes right to the core of who they are meant to be, individually and together.

Book a session with Bret here.


About Christine Eartheart

Founder, Thriving Relationship Coach, Author, Speaker

Known for her infectiously positive energy, inspiring presence, and abundantly loving heart, Christine is in awe of the healing, transformation, and growth that are possible in our relationships.

Through her coaching and teaching, she will skillfully help you break free from whatever unhealthy patterns are holding you back so that you can experience all the love, joy, and connection available to you.

Christine adores the heart and soul of relationships, as well as teaching clients about the neuroscience of what actually happens in your brain during times of stress, conflict, and connection. She has spent years devouring research and the very best strategies available for what it takes to experience our optimal life and relationships.

Christine is a graduate of Indiana University and has received countless certifications in diverse healing modalities. She is passionate about all-things-relationships, as well as Positive Psychology (the science of happiness), energy healing, and mind-body practices. 

Christine is a beloved teacher and facilitator and, in addition to supporting clients in thousands of breakthrough coaching sessions, she has led hundreds of workshops, trainings, and group circles over the past 15+ years and also founded and runs Joy Potential.

Taking sabbatical starting October 2021, clients are encouraged to schedule with Rae, Ingrid, or Andrea.

Book a session with Christine here.

Our Team

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Andrea Golden

Thriving Relationship Coach

With tremendous kindness, wisdom, depth, and warmth, Andrea will pour her heart into supporting you with all your relationship hopes, goals, and dreams. After working closely as a Co-Founder of two schools with families and parents for over a decade and raising her own daughters, Andrea developed a passion for helping people communicate effectively, work collaboratively, and develop healthy and resilient relationships. 

She has spent over twenty years studying communication and relationship skills as a teacher, administrator, manager, and freelance writer and researcher. Prior to becoming a couples coach, Andrea earned her Master’s degree from Ohio University.

Andrea is particularly interested in Dr. Sue Johnson’s innovative work on Attachment Theory and how it relates to couples, as well as the relationship science of Drs. John and Julie Gottman. 

When not supporting couples, which is work that she finds both inspiring and deeply rewarding, Andrea can be found behind the lens of her camera or at home with her husband of 30 years, their two teenage daughters, three cats, and their new puppy, Arlo.

Book a session with Andrea here.

Ingrid Skoog

Thriving Relationship Coach

With stunning clarity, compassion, and care, Ingrid’s gift is guiding couples towards their aha moments of greater understanding and deeper connection. She is masterful at helping you hear each other in new ways, uncover patterns, and see one another with renewed possibility and vision. 

Over the past 20 years, as a communication coach and teacher of Nonviolent Communication, she has led retreats and workshops for organizations, nonprofits, and yoga studios. Among her countless trainings, certifications, and passions, Ingrid has also studied gestalt therapy, the science of bonding and attachment, Dr. John Gottman’s relationship research, mindfulness, somatic psychology, and movement meditation.

For fun, Ingrid loves improvisational dance, organic gardening, deep connection with loved ones. and rescuing animals.

Book a session with Ingrid here.

Ingrid Skoog

Jessica McDonald

Licensed Therapist and Thriving Relationship Coach

A beautiful spirit in every way, you will instantly feel uplifted and cared for in Jessica’s incredibly warm, calming, and kind presence. One of the many special things about Jessica is her experience and knowledge of working across the entire lifespan. She is fascinated by the interplay between work with children, parents, individuals, and couples. When it comes to any issues regarding your family or parenting, Jessica is especially insightful and helpful.

In addition to utilizing our many tools through the Center for Thriving Relationships, she may incorporate Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Positive Psychology. Jessica happily sees clients in both couples counseling and for individual therapy for all ages.

Jessica received her BA in Psychology and Brain Sciences, and her MS and Ed.S in Mental Health Counseling at Indiana University. She has also completed training in Motivational Interviewing, Play Therapy, Insight Meditation, and Theraplay (an attachment based therapy for parents and children).

In her free time, the things that bring Jessica joy are dancing, nature, reading, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Book a session with Jessica here.

Karmon Nigg

Licensed Therapist

With overflowing empathy and encouragement towards everyone she encounters, Karmon radiates warmth and kindness. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and received her BA in Biology and MS Ed.S in Counseling and Counselor Education at Indiana University.

Karmon helps clients heal from their challenges and overcome obstacles by tapping into their unique strengths, using various treatment multiple modalities, such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), mindfulness, Energy Psychology techniques, Solution-Focused Therapy, Art Therapy, somatic awareness techniques, and more.

Karmon is particularly passionate about treating trauma and its impact on the entire body system. She is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a powerful evidence-based treatment shown to be effective in treating PTSD and trauma and used to help move past a range of events and negative core beliefs that previously made clients feel stuck in their progress.

Karmon will help you find the skills you need to help restore regulation and balance to your nervous system and improve so that you are not only functioning — but thriving. Karmon specializes in work with both adults and adolescents and strives to provide a compassionate, open, nonjudgmental environment as a counselor.

In her spare time, she loves to paint colorful paintings, go camping with her family, play board games, and visit escape rooms. She also loves to read about and research new healing modalities for her clients.

Book a session with Karmon here.


Rae Bird

Rae (Rachel) Bird

Thriving Relationship Coach

With her extraordinary gift for deep, wise, and compassionate listening, it’s no wonder people find it so easy to open up to Rae and feel her support immediately. An avid reader and researcher, Rae has extensively studied relationships, sexuality, and personal development.

As Co-Owner of a wellness salon for 20+ years, she has a wealth of experience in diverse healing modalities, and it is her life’s mission to support others in living their optimal lives.

Rae is passionate about relationships and truly lives what she teaches, as exemplified in her own thriving relationships with her life partner and two sons. Some of her (many) specialties are communication, helping couples who feel sexually disconnected, or supporting couples where at least one partner is healing from past trauma in a way that interferes with their current relationship.

In addition to being a certified Thriving Relationship Coach, Rachel delights in time with her family, hikes in nature, camping, road trips, picking wildflowers, and constantly learning new things.

Book a session with Rachel here.

Huong NGUYEN

Thriving Relationship Coach


With her calming presence, compassion, and wisdom, Huong nurtures a safe space for individuals and couples to effectively communicate, understand one another, and connect more deeply. She loves helping clients obtain greater clarity about their relationship needs and visions, and she wholeheartedly supports them in their transformative journey towards fulfilling those dreams.

Huong was educated in Vietnam and France before obtaining a Ph.D. from Indiana University. She has worked as a researcher, translator, human rights activist, and nonprofit executive. She is also a certified yoga instructor. Her diverse life and work experiences have helped her develop effective communication skills across cultures, maintain a curious mind and an open heart, and appreciate that thriving relationships are truly key to one’s satisfaction and happiness in every life domain.

Huong currently lives in Evanston, IL with her loving husband, their two beautiful children, and their cuddly cat. In her free time, Huong enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, cooking, singing, practicing yoga, and learning new things.

Audra Miller

Licensed Therapist and Thriving Relationship Coach

Audra exudes positive energy and will show up wholeheartedly to help you reach your life, wellness, and relationship goals. Audra received her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Denver and is a licensed psychotherapist. She has practiced in the healthcare system for 18 years, helping patients and families navigate the complex medical system through illness, injury, and crises. Through this work, she realized the intimate connection between how we care for our bodies and our overall health, happiness, and fulfillment.

As a therapist, she will personally and thoughtfully guide you to make simple, small changes that transform your life. Audra is passionate about the connection between movement, mindset, our health, and our relationships.

In addition to our many tools through the Center for Thriving Relationships, she will utilize a strengths-based approach that incorporates gratitude, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and positive psychology. Audra happily sees clients of all ages, as well as both individuals and families.

In her free time, Audra enjoys running and being outdoors with her husband and two sons hiking, boating, and playing pickleball.

Book a session with Audra here.

Carey Champion

Thriving Relationship Coach

Carey loves people (and it’s mutual!) and is passionate about helping couples receive all the information, resources, and strategies they need to successfully love and grow into their best selves, individually and as partners to each other. As a Thriving Relationship Coach, she brings two decades of experience in the fields of community health education and higher ed.

Inspired by the work of Dr. Sue Johnson and adult attachment theory, Carey helps couples leverage the power within their relationship to positively get their needs met, strengthen their bond, and successfully face challenges together.

Carey earned a Master’s degree from Indiana University and has studied Sociology, Human Development, and Family Studies. In addition to her certification through the Center for Thriving Relationships, she studies mindfulness, meditation, and effective management and leadership practices.

Since 2012, Carey has enjoyed working as a university librarian where she integrates her love of teaching with an enthusiasm for facilitating research and learning. As a community health educator, she taught sexual health, childbirth education, and positive parenting programs.

Outside of work, Carey enjoys hiking, birdwatching, gardening, and playing board games, especially with her wonderful husband and their five children. She is also an avid reader and recently discovered a new passion for making handmade books and journals.

Gary Skow

Thriving Relationship Coach

As a Thriving Relationship Coach, Gary is a deeply compassionate listener who meets his clients with warmth, kindness, and loving support. Gary has served a wide range of clients including couples, individuals, groups, and families with special needs children.

Gary is no stranger to emotions, having spent 15 years helping clients to uncover the beliefs and judgments that made it difficult for them to fully experience the love, joy, and passion that is available to us all.

Through active listening, insightful questions, and practical hands-on tools, Gary helps couples discover new opportunities to strengthen their connection and create the relationships of their dreams.

Gary brings incredible life experience to his work, having been a widowed single parent, therapist, working carpenter, and who is now happily married for 14 years, with both grandchildren and a ten-year-old son that provides the perfect foundation for understanding the challenges and beauty of life in relationship with others.

Rhonda Robinson

Yoga Nidra Facilitator &
Communications and Support Specialist

When we first brought Rhonda onto our team, we gave her the unofficial title of Love Angel. Why? Because that’s just who she is. Everyone who interacts with her is touched by her loving kindness and feels cared for and seen.

A true healer and artist at heart, Rhonda has served others in many ways throughout her life. She has degrees in both Psychology and Nursing and has been honored to support people through some of life’s most challenging moments. 

After her own deeply transformative experience with Yoga Nidra, Rhonda knew that part of her life’s purpose was sharing this practice with others. She received Advanced Certification in the Integrative Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra. Nothing brings her greater joy than sharing this practice with her clients and witnessing the profound transformation it so often brings. 

Yoga Nidra is a powerful sleep-based meditation technique, done in a comfortable position, usually lying down. It guides a person to deep levels of relaxation, peace, and stillness. In this relaxed state, between wakefulness and sleep, the nervous system can come into balance and long held habits, limiting beliefs, and harmful patterns can be released effortlessly, bringing healing to the body, mind, and spirit. 

Yoga Nidra can be done in the office or from the comfort of your own home (or bed!) over Zoom. 

Rhonda is also thrilled to offer Reiki, a hands-on energy healing technique, to individuals and couples looking to release stress and experience greater balance and peace,

If you have any questions about Yoga Nidra or Reiki, please contact Rhonda at Rhonda@CenterThrive.com. She will be delighted to share more about these beautiful practices. 

If you are a client or course participant, follow us on social media, or are a student in our Thriving Relationship Coach Certification, you will also have the tremendous joy of getting to know Rhonda as our Communications and Support Specialist.


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Kate Ransford

Client and Student Relations

It is truly a dream come true to have Kate on our team! She loves meeting new people, and you will instantly feel like you are her friend within moments of connecting. A true extrovert at heart, she values authenticity and meaningful connections and approaches life with a positive attitude and openness to new things.

Kate leads our efforts with client and student relations and events and is based in Bloomington, IN where she lives with her wonderful husband and two sons.

If you have any questions about our counseling and coaching services, online programs, or an upcoming retreat, Kate is your gal. She will also be the friendly voice you hear when you schedule a free consultation.

Kate loves witnessing the transformation of couples who participate in programs at the Center for Thriving Relationships. You will likely see her working in the background at our events, so please introduce yourself!

>> Read Bret and Christine’s personal story here. << 

HECK YES it will work
“You guys changed my marriage for the better! Before we went on your retreat we were a step away from divorce. Neither of us were happy about that, but it seemed likely. After your retreat we have decided to get remarried (even though we never actually got divorced) so we can put the past behind us. We are putting new habits together on a daily basis so we never go back to where we were. I can’t thank you enough, and to all of those of you trying to decide if it’s worth it…if you’re both ready to listen to these two wise minds then HECK YES it will work.”
Lisa Levin
Lisa Levin
We would not be together if not for you.
“We wouldn’t be together if not for you. We met you guys at the absolutely perfect time — you were truly heaven sent to us. I am blown away by what you are doing for the world. May you always be blessed with abundance, joy, and love.”
Rachel Gratz
Rachel Gratz
Bret and Christine helped save and transform our marriage…

“Fantastic. Exceeded all expectations. Bret and Christine both have a special gift. They have provided insight and tools that will add so much to our relationship. Thank you!”

Nick Miller

“AMAZING & relationship changing! Bret and Christine helped save and transform our marriage! This was supposed to be a place for us to reconnect, instead it was a place we discovered our true potential for a thriving relationship! Thank you so much.”
Kate Miller
Kate Miller
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HECK YES it will work
“You guys changed my marriage for the better! Before we went on your retreat we were a step away from divorce. Neither of us were happy about that, but it seemed likely. After your retreat we have decided to get remarried (even though we never actually got divorced) so we can put the past behind us. We are putting new habits together on a daily basis so we never go back to where we were. I can’t thank you enough, and to all of those of you trying to decide if it’s worth it…if you’re both ready to listen to these two wise minds then HECK YES it will work.”
Lisa Levin
Lisa Levin
We would not be together if not for you.
“We wouldn’t be together if not for you. We met you guys at the absolutely perfect time — you were truly heaven sent to us. I am blown away by what you are doing for the world. May you always be blessed with abundance, joy, and love.”
Rachel Gratz
Rachel Gratz
Bret and Christine helped save and transform our marriage…

“Fantastic. Exceeded all expectations. Bret and Christine both have a special gift. They have provided insight and tools that will add so much to our relationship. Thank you!”

Nick Miller

“AMAZING & relationship changing! Bret and Christine helped save and transform our marriage! This was supposed to be a place for us to reconnect, instead it was a place we discovered our true potential for a thriving relationship! Thank you so much.”
Kate Miller
Kate Miller
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