Regina Gee IHWC, BS, BA
Integrative Wellness Coach
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Spiritual care, mental health support (depression and wholeness), behavior change, integrative health and the 7 core areas of health, goal setting, resiliency, nervous-system education, values alignment, life transitions, intrinsic motivation, holding space
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Before coming to Tucson, Regina earned degrees in Neuroscience and Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and intended to pursue a PhD in Medical Anthropology. But the Covid-19 pandemic changed things for her, as it did for many. She realized that, compared to academic study, coaching was better equipped to hold space for the deep questions of care, wholeness, and connection that she really cared about. Instead of pursuing a graduate degree, Regina came to Tucson to study at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, where she learned how to work directly with people on healthy lifestyles and lifestyle change.
As a Certified Integrative Wellness coach, Regina works with people in the midst of life changes, people experiencing mental illness, and people who are looking to be seen, heard, and valued. She focuses on achieving holistic and integrative health through the seven core areas: resiliency, spirituality, relationships, sleep, nutrition, movement, and environment. The work is always a partnership based on respect for the innate wisdom and healing capacity within each person, with an emphasis on self-care. Regina helps people connect to their values and empowers and supports them in envisioning and enacting their goals. In short, she helps facilitate whole, integrated, and undivided lives.
Regina is interested in the connections between inner and outer worlds and what it means to live well; questions of spiritual care are close to her heart. She believes there are spiritual layers to mental health, and that the deepest layers of our psyches are where we find the vital and sacred and where we learn how to live integrated lives. With a gift for building bridges and navigating complexity, she is committed to helping people explore these depths and find their inner wellspring.
Her current offerings include one-on-one coaching sessions, virtually and in person. Typically, people work with Regina for 3-6 months, meeting every other week to work on specific goals or to help kickstart changes in their life. Sessions are normally 45–60 minutes and consist of reflection, active listening, goal setting, and accountability planning. Regina’s approach is 100-percent person centered and tailored to individual needs. You can expect her to skillfully guide your self-reflection and elicit the guidance of your inner teacher. In addition to one-on-one coaching Regina also writes wellness articles and publishes content on social media. She is also looking forward to creating group coaching vessels in the near future.
Outside of coaching, Regina is an avid reader and always has at least two books in progress. She is also a writer and movie lover. Regina and her partner Logan often go on movie dates that include slushies and long car conversations (analyzing the movie and breaking down the storytelling is a must!). Regina is also a nanny for two kids and enjoys how this work keeps her grounded and connected.
One of Regina’s guiding principles is Rainer Maria Rilke’s exhortation to “Live the questions.” The questions she lives and around which her vocation centers are those of depression and wholeness. Regina studied abroad in Uttarakhand, India, her junior year of college, and, upon return, experienced a major depression. She sought medical care but learned that her depression was resistant to treatment. Her lived experience of depression coupled with coursework in the culture and politics of mental health caused her to start asking big questions. What is depression? How might we learn to know it better? What do we have to learn from it?
Every illness has what anthropologists call an illness experience, and Regina’s experience of depression didn’t line up with the standard medical definition. This disconnect prompted her to do research, which led her to a more wholistic view of depression—depression as teacher, as spiritual alarm bells, as disconnection. This inquiry has unfolded with depth and breadth in Regina’s life and led her to the pursuit of wholeness—the state of forming a complete and harmonious whole, the integrity that comes from being what you are. Her depression taught her that the life she was living was a collection of parts, not a whole, and it asked her to attend to herself as an integrated being and to heal the divisions her habits had created in her mind, body, and soul.