“Connection is why we’re here; it brings meaning and purpose to our lives.”
– Brene Brown
At Positive Solutions International, we aim to help people strengthen the connections in their lives and build better relationships. Whether it be with your partner, your children, your friends, colleagues, or students, our approach will help you connect more authentically, communicate more honestly, and live more courageously.
My name is Cristina, and I founded Positive Solutions International, because as someone who has been living internationally as an expat for the past five years, I have realized how important connection is to our lives. We live in a world where technology offers us so many opportunities to connect, yet it feels like many people feel more disconnected than ever. I have successfully brought people together and built communities on three different continents. Let Positive Solutions International strengthen your community and deepen your connections today!
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“I have known Cristina for several years and had the privilege of facilitating her Advanced Candidate Training in Positive Discipline. Cristina is passionate about connection and about bringing both mutual respect and practical skills to individuals and relationships. I am happy to recommend her services.”
Cheryl L. Erwin, MA, MFT
“I have had the great pleasure of knowing Cristina both personally and professionally for several years. During that time, I have been impressed by her dedication to teaching and learning, as well as her passion for supporting others. Cristina is a respected friend, colleague and member of her community, and I admire her deep care for humanity. In addition, she is a natural leader and invites her colleagues to feel comfortable in any cooperative activity or discussion.”
Joy Marchese, MA, CPDLT
Cristina brought the Positive Discipline class for parents to our school (Bonn International School, Germany). This class provided great tools for parenting our children in a positive manner – tools that we could go home and use immediately. In addition to the training, Cristina’s leadership cultivated a community of parents supporting each other which has continued beyond her tenure at the school. I also was fortunate to participate in the “Teaching Parenting the Positive Disciple Way” course Cristina led, with the goal being to provide parents like me with the skills to lead parenting classes and continue to spread the methodology to our community. Cristina’s passion for the children she works with is apparent and her advocacy for bringing parenting classes to our school was just one way this was demonstrated.
“Having taken part in both the teacher and parent workshops with Cristina, I introduced a lot of positive discipline techniques into my daily classroom routines. It changed the atmosphere of the classroom for the better and really helped to create a safe space where all students, even those who were extremely shy to begin with, felt comfortable to share just about anything at our class meetings. The sense of belonging and mutual respect in that class far surpassed any others I had in my twelve years of teaching. I highly recommend Cristina’s workshops to anybody who cares about connecting with their students.”
Mikie O’Shea, ES Assistant Principal
“I have had the pleasure of taking Cristina’s Positive Discipline workshops at the beginning and middle of our school year. She is an excellent storyteller and gives participants practical tools to use in classrooms and at home. To me, one of the biggest take-aways from her workshop was adopting the ‘Connection Before Correction’ mindset. Since participating in Cristina’s workshops, I feel much more capable of meeting my students’ needs.”
Ciara O’Shea, Grade 4 Teacher
Cristina’s knowledge about culture, respect and connection are evident in her practice as a facilitator. I witnessed this in the Positive Discipline Advanced Trainer Candidate workshop in Barcelona in 2017. One of Christina’s strengths is that she first asks questions so that she provides support with empathy, clarity and deeper understanding.