Inspiring lives – Krystal Woodbridge, natural relationship therapist

I am so pleased to bring you another inspiring,

alternative life interview, introducing Krystal Woodbridge

Krystal is a nature inspired relationship coach and I am so pleased she was able to do this interview because we are passionate about people having the best relationship possible when they find their special love.

 Please tell our readers a little about your life, where are you currently living, family etc?

I live in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, UK, with my partner, Richard, and my 4 year old rescue dog, Theo. I spend a lot of time in Nature, and have been recently enjoying learning more about paganism. I adore camping and do it whenever I can. I play violin in a Celtic folk band – Celtic Krystal. I am quite active and love running – particularly training for and running marathons, and have 2 personal training sessions every week. I also enjoy snowboarding. I love tarot and rune readings, and am currently making my own set of rune stones from crystals. I love craft beer and fine wines. I love cats too. The barn owl is my totem animal – I have a large tattoo of one on my back.
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I love that you are a nature inspired relationship coach, please tell us more about that.

I started my career as a qualified Nurse, and then re-trained as a Psychosexual Therapist and Relationship Counsellor. I have branched out into Nature-Inspired Relationship coaching because I really see the value of  helping people in their relationships even when there are no significant issues. Very often, couples come to see me when there are significant issues in their relationship. And whilst I can certainly help with these issues, I believe you don’t have to wait until your relationship is in crisis to benefit from Relationship Coaching. Just as you wouldn’t wait for your car to break down, or your body to shut down, before you pay attention to it. You look after your car with a regular service and MOT. You look after your health by eating good, nutritious food and exercising. Why treat your relationship any differently? It’s all about creating strong foundations for your relationship, so that you fee safe and secure, and then building on those foundations so that our heart and soul can open up to your partner – much like a strong oak tree. I use Nature as an inspiration and guide in all my Relationship Coaching work. Nature has divine wisdom. When we think about Nature we realise it is never out of balance, and everything is connected. For anything to grow and flourish it needs the right conditions and nutrients. Everything is balanced by its opposite, whether we think about the opposite colours such as red berries and green leaves, night and day, Summer and Winter. Nature is ever-changing and evolving and yet it does so in collaboration with all its elements. So imagine your relationship as being connected and balanced, where you and your partner create the right conditions for each other to grow and flourish, where you can have your opposing views or feelings which, rather than driving you apart, can complement each other perfectly. Imagine working collaboratively together so that your relationship can change and evolve. We are part of Nature, not separate from it. Therefore we have that wisdom within us, if only we tap into it! I help couples to do that, because I think with all of the distractions of modern life, many of us see ourselves as separate from Nature – which disconnects us from our true selves and our innate wisdom.

What was one of your most defining moments in your life?

I had been in a terrible relationship, where my partner had cheated on me several times, and I was still desperately trying to make the relationship work. We had been to couples’ therapy, which had been really helpful. But ultimately, I was the only one trying.  It was 2008 and my partner had ended things for about the third time, and I had continued to see our couples therapist individually for support. One day I told her I was feeling “ok” because I had been clinging on to hope, that one day the relationship would work, and my partner would come back. She asked me: “what if there is no hope?”. I was devastated, but just by her asking me that question, I released something that had been dragging me under for months, and I gave myself permission to finally let go. I learned to value myself again, and in realising my own worth, decided that I wanted to help others with their relationship issues. That day I decided to re-train as a Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist. The rest, as they say, is history! To this day, I am so grateful for having gone through what at the time was an exhausting, miserable experience, because without it I would never have got to where i am now.

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How do you spend your down time?

Playing the violin, walking or running in Nature, camping, reading books, spending time with my dearest friends. I have recently just come back from a snowboarding trip with friends in Chamonix, and this weekend I was Glamping in Glastonbury – looking at the beautiful Glastonbury Tor every day. Bliss!

Favourite book you would recommend?

The Seven Year Old Wonder Book by Isabel Wyatt. It is my all-time favourite book, given to me by my grandmother at age seven. It is full of magic and fairy stories. I have a first edition copy from the 1950’s which has all he original, beautiful illustrations, and is printed in light brown ink on embossed, cream-coloured paper. 

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

The Galapagos Islands – since learning about them when I was very young, I became fascinated. How incredible it would be to visit a natural habitat, with such variety and beauty, largely untouched or interfered with by humans. Of course that’s a dilemma – part of its appeal is that we as humans have had very little involvement, and yet by visiting I would be adding to tourist numbers!

Any top tips the readers should know about helping relationships last a long time?

There is so much I could say, but if your readers take anything away, it’s this: communicate, communicate, communicate!

Connect with Krystal on her Facebook page  and find out more on her website
Do not miss out on her best-selling course – Compassionate Conflict for Couples, which is all about helping couples to resolve conflict kindly without issues escalating into an argument. A must have in any relationship.
She also has a free course: The Four Seasons Relationship Course – which is a four week couples’ course.
Kyrstal says: “In this course couples learn how to reconnect with each other through developing their reconnection with Nature and learning from the valuable wisdom that Nature can teach us. Comprised of four modules over four weeks couples observe how Nature balances harmoniously throughout the the four seasons of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter – I show them how they can apply the same principles to their relationship.”

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