Helen Hipp (bio)
Opening Readers Minds to Abilities, Capabilities and Alternate Possibilities
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|Mailing Address: ||39 Skunk Hollow Rd., Jericho, Vermont, United States of America 05465|
|Phone:||802 899 2128|
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A Diffeerent Kind of Safari
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Born in Yonkers, N.Y., in 1959, Helen is the middle child of five born to Thomas Ludlow Chrystie and Eliza Balis Chrystie. Having an artist as a mother provided Helen with endless opportunities to look at things from different perspectives.
Helen’s father, whose work demanded strong problem-solving skills and out- of-the-box thinking, continually kept her on her toes, as well. Their unique approaches helped simplify the challenge of learning math for Helen with a “Solutions instead of Problems” approach involving her love of horses. Math then became “Horse- matic,” a creative task that worked for Helen.
The value of her earlier experiences became more and more apparent after she had her two children, Eliza and Raymond. She continued to take advantage of a mindset that centered on creating opportunities out of obstacles, a concept she fostered in her children, one of whom has special needs. As Helen explored career opportunities, she connected her personal experiences (parenting a child with special needs) with her beliefs, professional skills, and aspirations.
Helen received her M.A. in counseling and began her career as a psychotherapist to help people find answers for their life problems. Her work eventually evolved into a coaching practice, WithinU Life Coaching, focusing on individuals with special needs and their families. Helen uses her 13+ years of counseling experience and 20+ years’ experience as a successful advocate for individuals with special needs by helping them reveal their innate ability to solve difficult situations.
Helen has authored articles for Family Works and Washington Family Magazine and has been a contributor as a special needs consultant to FOX44 News in Burlington, Vermont. Her new adventure book, A Different Kind of Safari, combines all the best of Helen’s beliefs in a tale that celebrates differences. The children’s book puts into words the essence of Helen’s teachings—addressing the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities.
With her children raised and living on their own, and school behind her, Helen reveals her adventurous side by trying new things: riding her horse, snorkeling, and enjoying friends and family. She is now married to Walter C. Hipp, and lives in Jericho, Vermont.