Health & Wellness Specialists
Cherie and Dear Divorce Coach will provide you with the practical, financial, and emotional tools you need to move forward. Cherie Morris, a Certified Divorce Coach (CDC) and former lawyer, comes to Colibri Life not only as a skilled professional, but as a divorced parent who understands your concerns.
Primarily working in the DC metro area, Cherie also works with clientele remotely across the U.S. Her analytical framework allows her to bring a logical yet compassionate approach to clients experiencing divorce. Cherie specializes in teaching clients how to communicate with their Soon To Be Ex (STBX) and building effective Parenting Agreements. She works with individuals and couples too.
As a certified yoga teacher, Cherie uses alternative modalities and mindfulness in order to help her clients with self-care. She’s a mother of four children and one bonus child (and, like all of us, is challenged every day by the ups and downs of parenting!). Cherie writes fiction about families (check out www.DesperateinDC.com) as well as books on divorce (http://www.deardivorcecoach.com/books-for-purchase.html) but her passion is supporting people in every stage of divorce so they can live their best lives.
Ms. Ingrid Vaicius is the proud founder and owner of Ingrid Vaicius, Healthy. Happy. Balanced. YOU, a health and wellness practice that focuses on helping women lead a more balanced and healthier lifestyle. Located in Arlington, VA, Ingrid Vaicius, Healthy. Happy. Balanced. YOU. works individually with clientele to discover what is best for them based on their lifestyle, stress levels, and health goals.
Ingrid brings to Colibri Life over 15 years of experience in the health and wellness field, including time spent at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York. Her programs are designed for women living busy and high stress lives who want to get off roller coaster dieting and seek optimum health, physically and mentally, through positive lifestyle changes.
Ingrid grew up in Bogota, Colombia, and will readily coach clients in English and Spanish. In addition to Ingrid Vaicius, Healthy. Happy. Balanced. YOU., Ingrid owns Bākt by Ingrid, a healthy baking company that specializes in gluten free, paleo, and vegan treats.
Lina leads LiveWell, a health coaching practice based in Washington D.C. that offers one-on-one health coaching, grocery tours and pantry makeovers to women looking to transform the way they eat and live. She specializes in helping women between 25 and 45 years old adopt healthy habits and make peace with food and their bodies. Her coaching goes beyond telling clients what to do or eat – she’s thought provoking and aims at awakening behavior transformation. Lina has experience in areas such as stress management, emotional eating, eating disorders, and mindfulness.
Lina’s background as a lawyer and political scientist with degrees from Columbia University in New York and the Institute D’Etudes Politiques in Paris help her bring a special flair to her coaching services (she left a successful career in private sector development and international finance to pursue her passion for wellness). Lina can provide coaching services in both Spanish and English.
Mary Atwater, Psy.D.
Originally from Colorado, Mary wears two hats as a member of Colibri Life. She is a Divorce Mediator and a Health and Wellness/Executive Coach.
As a Mediator, Mary has been helping individuals and families communicate and maintain important relationships through the divorce process. Couples seeking mediation desire less conflict and a more compassionate divorce process. They want a workable relationship with their soon-to-be former partner. While some couples may end up at court, others value a true neutral and the support of a team approach to help guide them through a respectful divorce process. This results in an outcome that supports amicable, working relationships.
Since 2002, Mary has helped individuals and families in the DC metro area connect, communicate and maintain important relationships. She strives to help all individuals move towards their new normal, encouraging them as they move towards their valued direction.
Mary enjoys spending time with her husband and their three grown children. As a group, they love to cook, hike, play games, go camping and ride horses in the Colorado Rockies.
Molly McDonald, LICSW, LCSW, MBA
Molly is an independently licensed practitioner, a certified life coach, and divorce mediator currently practicing in Washington, DC and Maryland. She provides Psychotherapy, Life & Clinical Coaching, Divorce Meditation, and financial psychology counseling for individuals, couples and families. Molly works with all genders but, she tends to specialize in working with women in transition; personally, professionally, psychically and toward purpose. She specializes in treatment and intervention for those affected by mood disorders like depression and anxiety, attachment issues, trauma, grief, loss, and professional & personal transition.
Molly works with you to set customized, therapeutic treatment goals based on your specific needs and ability to tackle issues at that point in time. Her combined background in psychotherapy, business, and divorce mediation allows her to effectively work and treat people with clinical challenges that are connected to professional and personal transitions. Molly also specializes in financial psychology and runs a group called the Psychology of Spending for Women.
Molly wanted to build a more cohesive bridge between the more theoretical and academic side of behavioral science and clinical psychology and bring it from the lab to the living room so in 2009 she co-founded Behavior Works, LLC with a professor of clinical psychology. Behavior Works began as a vehicle to promote the education and training delivery of an evidence-based therapeutic treatment for depression. It has since expanded to include psychotherapeutic, clinical, coaching, divorce mediation and consulting services.
Molly spent part of her childhood living in Europe and has traveled extensively since returning to the United States. Always indefatigably curious about human behavior, the time she spent in other countries enhanced and cultivated her interest in the complexities of different cultures while simultaneously illustrating that human behavior is remarkably similar the world over. She wanted to incorporate her fascination with cross cultural issues into her practice so during her clinical training spent 9 months in South India studying and engaging in field work that focused on women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship. She has drawn from these experiences and brought an international component to her practice. She works with clients from a wide variety of cultures, does couples counseling for cross cultural couples and does some expatriate counseling.
In her spare time, Molly loves to travel, cook, read, write, explore, muse, hike, paint, connect people, and advocate for animal welfare.
Renae Smith, a Licensed Professional Counselor at the Adrian Counseling Center, provides mental health counseling to adults, adolescents, and families. She also provides play therapy for children. Renae specializes in working with children and families during the separation and/or divorce process, providing individual counseling for women (and men) going through the process. While she is a Christian counselor, she works with individuals of all faiths and respects her client’s individual spiritual journeys.
Renae began her career as a preschool, elementary, and middle school music teacher and found her passion for helping individuals with their challenges during that time as her students used to come to talk to her in the music room regularly. Music still plays a strong role in her life as she and her husband are both professional musicians. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and camping with her husband.
“I worked with Renae a few years ago when I was in the middle of the largest personal crisis I have faced so far in my life. She listened to my struggles and helped me work through them, reminding me of God’s love and involvement along the way. I can honestly say that I don’t think I could have gotten through that period of my life without her help. I highly recommend her to anyone in the Metro DC area!”