Cristal Cook, LCSW

Storyteller ● Adventure-Seeker ● Animal-Lover

Playful ● Passionate ● Curious

Fierce Protector of All That Is Vulnerable

A little about me

My vision is to do my part to raise the vibration of the planet, one person at a time, to ultimately launch a butterfly effect: “A butterfly can flutter its wings over a flower in China and cause a hurricane in the Caribbean”.* The flutter of a butterfly’s wings is not forceful or commanding, yet that gentle movement can be inspiring, with the power of exponential effects. My own “gentle flutter” includes executive coaching, workshops, travel writing to encourage people to broaden their horizons and see new perspectives, creating a furry family of rescue-critters, and my Crystalline Vibes™ children’s book series, using playful storytelling through the eyes of beloved animal characters to teach children how to be happier and healthier.

 

I grew up in Mancos, Colorado, population 1,000. Growing up, I spent my childhood rescuing animals, working in my parents’ hardware store--through good, old-fashioned parent manipulation--and even running my own detective agency, graciously sanctioned by the Town Marshall.

 

My journey to grown-up-hood took a meandering path.  Early on, my parents understood that I would need a lot of encouragement and persuasion to pursue a safe, stable, and secure career. More of that good, old-fashioned parental encouragement led me to earn a BA in Accounting and I became a CPA. Yearning for more adventure and excitement, I returned to my childhood law-enforcement roots and became a Special Agent for the FBI, and a new path was forged.

 

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Adventure, intrigue, mystery, and sometimes even danger (along with a lot of paperwork and bureaucracy) was part of my FBI life, but something was missing – true purpose.  And so I pondered . . .  is it possible to be part of the solution, to influence that one moment, that one decision that determines the course of someone’s life? Scoffing at the advice of . . . well, everyone, I turned in my FBI Special Agent’s badge and gun to pursue a master’s degree in Social Work.

 

The broad field of Social Work was the answer to my curious, joyful nature, and for the past 20 years I have found it incredibly rewarding working with children, adolescents, and families as a therapist and an advocate for wellness.  My adventurous spirit was satisfied as I traveled internationally doing what I love: helping teens and families, rescuing animals, and exploring the world.  After living and working in Europe for the past nine years, I recently relocated back to the States to begin my entrepreneurial journey and focus on Operation Transformation. 

 

I have created the Crystalline Vibes™ book series to offer children and the grown-ups who care about them “simple strategies to navigate a complex world.” These books feature my own furry family of adopted animals who teach each other--and their humans--valuable life lessons. The real-life Charlie, Gracie and Princess Penelope are “rescue animals,” but when I look at my own life, I ask myself… “Really, who is rescuing who?”

Which brings me here to you.....

Let's do it, let's raise the vibration of the planet one person at at time!

*This concept was first introduced by Scientist Edward Lorenz, and is beautifully described in the movie Havana, the 1990 film written by Judith Rasco and David Rayfiel, and directed by Sydney Pollack.