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About Bret Eartheart

Founder, Licensed Therapist, and Relationship Coach

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 has been trained in diverse modalities: couples therapy, attachment theory, 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, Teacher, and Thriving Relationship Coach

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 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 optimal human functioning), 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, weddings, and group circles over the past 16+ years.

Our Team

Andrea Golden

Thriving Relationship Coach

 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.

Audra Miller

Licensed Therapist

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.

Caitlin Bryte

Licensed Therapist

Caitlin believes deeply in the human capacity to heal and feels strongly that there is nothing “wrong” with her clients, but rather that they are having a normal reaction to what they have been through.

Caitlin works with clients to create understanding about how their life experiences have affected them, no matter how big or small the event, both in their personal and/or professional life.

As such, Caitlin’s clinical experiences have largely focused around working with issues related to trauma and attachment, including PTSD, Complex PTSD, and Dissociative Identity Disorder.

She has worked with clients with a variety of adverse life experiences including childhood abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, and verbal) and emotional neglect, as well as adulthood experiences such as car accidents, domestic violence, and high stress careers (specifically first responders).

Caitlin also has experience working with LGBTQ+ individuals and the issues specific to this population.

Caitlin is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and also incorporates techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Attachment-Focused EMDR, and Ego State Therapy in her work with each client. She is a member of EMDRIA (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing International Association) as well as ISSTD (International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation).

Caitlin is also a Certified First Responder Counselor and a Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator.

Caitlin is passionate about collaborating with clients to utilize their strengths to understand and change the thought and behavior patterns they learned in an effort to survive the difficult life experiences they went through. She enjoys working with clients to help them finally leave their past in the past so they can live contently in their present.

Gary Skow

Thriving Relationship Coach

 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.

Ingrid Skoog

Thriving Relationship Coach

 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.

Jessica McDonald

Licensed Therapist and Thriving Relationship Coach

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 Therapy (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.

Karmon Nigg

Licensed Therapist

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.

Kowana Fararr

Thriving Relationship Coach

all your hopes and dreams. Whether you are an individual or a couple, she will help empower you to become the ultimate authority over your happiness. After traveling the world for 23 years as a military spouse and overcoming her own adversities,

Kowana has gained tremendous compassion. Her own life story is one that continually serves as a source of great inspiration to others. She has also excelled in the healthcare field for years. Kowana is currently an empty nester, a mother of two adult children, and the grandmother of two beautiful dogs, Mikki and Sleepy. She hails from Texas and, when not spending time with her family and supporting others, you can find her performing, with microphone in hand, and belting out karaoke tunes.

Rae (Rachel) Bird

Thriving Relationship Coach

 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. 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 sons, hikes in nature, camping, road trips, picking wildflowers, and constantly learning new things.

Rhonda Robinson

Yoga Nidra Facilitator

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. 

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

Susan Rae

Thriving Relationship Coach

counseling psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute near Santa Barbara, CA, and she now resides in the mountains of Western North Carolina. She has completed numerous trainings and certifications over the years as a life-long student of growth, transformation, and healing.

As a Thriving Relationship Coach, Susan is passionate about serving both individuals and couples, guiding them to attain their deepest desires in life and love. Susan truly enjoys bringing lightness, curiosity, and playfulness to learning new relationship skills, communication tools, and a myriad of fun and effective connection practices.

Susan Rae will just as easily meet you in the depths of your darkest challenges and experiences. Walking the journey of widowhood after 20 years of marriage and becoming a single parent of two teenagers, she knows what it is like to be engulfed in darkness and experience tremendous loss.

Susan, also a certified grief mentor, will be a beam of light in your darkness, walking with you as you reflect, grieve, process, integrate, and heal. And when you are ready, she will help guide you toward envisioning a new chapter of the life you want and deserve, while providing the tools and loving support to get you there.

In Susan’s free time, she can be found working in her yard and dreaming up new spaces inside and around her home. She loves to dance, hike, bike, listen to live music at outdoor venues, and make connections everywhere she goes. Susan teaches yoga and qigong and also loves art and making pottery. Susan adores her young adult children who inspire her continuously, as they are two of her greatest teachers.

Tessa Stevens

Thriving Relationship Coach

She excels at helping you connect deeper, nourish your visions, and successfully start a more harmonious journey. Tessa is passionate about relationships and personal growth and utilizes many different techniques to thoughtfully and personally guide you to make small simple changes that transform your daily life. Tessa exudes positivity, and her energetic, kind, loving spirit will instantly have you feeling uplifted and cared for. The motto of “live true…love life” radiates in her personality.

As an avid reader, researcher, and a lover of continuous learning, Tessa has developed extraordinary relationship skills and earned many certifications through 20 years of careers centered in client care, personal development, leadership, and happiness. Tessa integrates her love of relationship science by weaving in the ingenious relationship and attachment research of Drs. John and Julie Gottman and Dr. Sue Johnson. She has also studied mindfulness, meditation, healing energy work, holistic practices, and color therapy. 

Tessa loves people and shows up devotedly with a curious mind and an open heart to help you flourish in love! As a Certified Thriving Relationship Coach, she has tremendous zest for guiding people to new insights of communicating more effectively, listening in a more enlightened way, growing personally, dissolving unwanted patterns, discovering true empathy, and revealing connections between your health, mindset, and relationships. You will find that your relationship – and overall life – blooms into greater health, resilience, success, and joy in her presence.

For fun and self care, Tessa is a spontaneous adventurer. Traveling, camping, being in nature, hiking, dancing, drumming, and gathering with friends and family are her happy places. She is immensely grateful for consciously creating 10 happy and rewarding years with her amazing husband.

Kate Ransford

Client and Student Relations

 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!

Sue Fratianni

Finance and Billing

her clients manage their personal and business finances and also offers financial wellness coaching and workshops. As a simple living practitioner, Sue likes to experiment with minimalist challenges such as #project333, #100daydresschallenge, #minsgame; and strives to practice minimalism and slow living to savor each moment. She enjoys living tiny in Bloomington, IN with her partner and young daughter.

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