Hi there! My name is Charity T. McLean.
I’m a Mentor/Coach, CRSS, Non-Profit Program Administrator, Grant Writer, Small Business Consultant, and Public Speaker.
Originally from Northern California, I graduated high school and promptly enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, and served two consecutive 6 year enlistments. I started out at Eglin AFB (Florida), in NAVSCOLEOD and spent my first year learning how to disarm explosive devices alongside Army Rangers, Navy Seals, Marine Corp special forces, and Delta Force. I learned some invaluable life lessons about perseverance and adaptability from some of America’s elite service members. From there I went on to Air Traffic Control, and served as a Tower Controller at McGuire AFB (New Jersey), for 2 1/2 years. This experience brought me to a new level of understanding of seeing the bigger picture and being able to process more information than I ever thought humanly possible. After the 9/11 attacks, I served as support for the FEMA crew that covered Ground Zero and assisted in preparing emergency flight boxes and issuing them to the pilots who flew the alert birds (first aircraft that flew out after the attacks). After things began to calm down, I was assigned a full time Honor Guard position based out of McGuire AFB, performing flag folding services at funerals, 21 gun salutes, marching in parades, and performing in other ceremonies all over the North Eastern Seaboard. Later in my Air Force career I was assigned to POL (Fuels). It was here that I would learn how to manage movement of millions of gallons of Jet Fuel, and maintain cryogenic storage tanks working with liquid oxygen and liquid nitrogen. During this time, I served two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/ Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF), and was stationed in multiple locations both stateside and overseas. I would also learn something about camaraderie and what it means to have a, “military family.” I would also unfortunately learn how deeply scarring it is to become a victim of sexual assault. This was ultimately what pushed me to decide to leave my military career.
After leaving the Air Force, I studied Nutritional Sciences with a minor in Chemistry for 3.5 years at the University of Arizona, while working both as a caregiver for the elderly, and in retail for a popular outdoors equipment retailer as an expert in camping and climbing gear. I dropped out of college however to pursue my own practice as a Licensed Massage Therapist and simultaneously started a business selling beauty products created from my own formulas based on my new found chemistry knowledge. I knew ultimately that I wanted to help people, I just wasn’t entirely sure how just yet.
My transition out of the military had not been easy. I took quite a blow to my ego having been entrusted by the US Air Force with a Top Secret clearance and given responsibilities that most who have not served will likely never know. And yet, I found that I was under qualified for virtually any and every position other than retail or caregiving.
But it wasn’t just my ego that would be affected. Symptoms of PTSD, anxiety and depression began to emerge, and I remained deep in denial about theses symptoms for years. Around 2014, I started to acknowledge that the multiple traumatic events throughout my life may have had an affect on me after all, and I was forced to acknowledge that apparently I wasn’t superhuman. My world had fallen apart, and I found myself at rock bottom. And I mean ROCK BOTTOM. I had lost nearly everything that had ever meant anything to me, including my dignity and self respect.
I had quite the pity party for myself, and then I found acceptance. I decided that I refused to give in. I was, and always have been a fighter. I tirelessly studied the science behind my illness, and taught myself how to effectively re-wire my brain. I revisited my past, my (extremely abusive) childhood, and every traumatic experience that I’ve ever been through. While in recovery, I began working as a Recovery Coach in a behavioral health clinic, and Veteran’s Treatment (misdemeanor diversion) Court assisting other veterans on their own path to recovery. And in just over 2 1/2 years as a Recovery Coach, I worked with roughly 300 clients all ranging from mild depression to Serious Mental Illness, but mainly those in recovery from PTSD, and or substance use disorders.
The most beautiful part in all of this? I finally found my purpose in life. I was never meant to disarm bombs, or even educate people how to eat a more balanced diet.
My purpose is to share my story. To inspire others, and help them grow out of their shadows.
There is no one approach that works for everyone, and I can work with people at varying levels of self awareness. During consultation, I will assess your needs, and help you customize your goals. If I feel you may benefit more from services offered in a clinical setting, I will refer you to a licensed therapist at that time.
The first step in achieving a higher level of awareness and consciousness, is to take full accountability for the life you are currently living. (Please don’t confuse this with victim blaming however.) Once you take responsibility, remove yourself from your ego, and commit to doing the work it takes to make positive changes, your life WILL improve…I guarantee you that. It won’t happen overnight, but I will be here for you through every step of the way to keep you motivated and moving towards manifesting your dreams.
Note: Please understand that I will not sugar coat anything for you. My early training with US Special Forces helped me to develop a no BS approach that I have carried with me throughout life which has served me well. Know that I will call you out on excuses and negative thoughts every. single. time. I will do it kindly however and in stages, (I will never mock or ridicule)… but consider yourself warned. Eventually, you’ll begin to recognize the excuses and negativity, and won’t need anyone pointing them out. My primary goal is to teach you the skills to become fully aware, and confident that you will not have to rely on anyone but yourself. Your relationships will improve, your career will benefit, and you’ll finally be living the life you know you are meant to be living. Doesn’t that sound nice?
THE TIME TO INVEST IN YOURSELF IS NOW.
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Coaching takes place over Skype, and your personal information and privacy is extremely important to me and will remain completely secure.
Caution: Personal growth is uncomfortable. There is nothing easy about acknowledging that lack of growth has caused problems in your life. And if you have a history of trauma, the recovery process can cause you to become re-traumatized. Sometimes it can be too much to take on without clinical help. If at any point you begin to feel overwhelmed or slip into depression, I will encourage you to seek guidance from a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or any other Licensed mental health professional in your area. They can help you in a therapeutic setting and may refer you to a provider who can prescribe medications to assist you in your journey of healing. Medications used in conjunction with therapy can often be beneficial, and should be utilized if necessary.
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