About Christi Lange

A Passion To Help

My passion is to join women in their personal journey to find wholeness and wellness in a very broken world by providing a safe, nurturing and truthful presence that allows for personal growth, healing and hope.

christi gardening

Christi (McElrea) Lange was born Denver, CO, and raised in Mountlake Terrace, WA. She met her husband-to-be, Dugan Lange, in junior high school. For 41 years they were best friends and then husband and wife.

Just a few years into their marriage, Christi and Dugan took their young family to Ghana, West Africa. For 14 years they worked to improve the lives of simple, village people. It was a blessed but challenging time as they learned another language and culture and gained a greater understanding of how the rest of the world struggles to eke out an existence. The came away knowing that they received as much as they gave.

dugan and christi

Christi's passion to help continued to burn after she returned to the Northwest. This led her to earn her Masters in Counseling in 2002 and then on to become a licensed State of Washington Mental Health Counselor. Since that time Christi has worked at a community mental health center for families and children at risk, trained other aspiring counselors and started a private practice.

2010 was a mind numbing and heart breaking year. Dugan was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma cancer and passed away seven short months later on December 7, 2010. Christi was shattered by the sudden loss of her life partner. She decided to take a sabbatical to heal from this impossible tragedy

dugan on mountain

Thanks to the support of true friends and family, especially her two sons, Jason and Kyle, Christi found the healing she needed. She can now rejoice in Dugan's life and embrace a life-long sadness. "I see beauty more clearly because of Dugan's perspective on beauty, creation and life," she expresses.

Part of her healing process was to journey to the land of her ancestry, Ireland. Accompanied by a dear friend, they lived with the locals. She could imagine and almost feel the way her great grand parents may have lived. This was a journey not only of sites and sounds but of soul searching and healing. She returned stronger, more full of life, and carrying a broader perspective, a deeper understanding and a calmning acceptance of our mortality.

dugan and christi

Fortified with the assurance that anyone can overcome anything provided they have love, support and guidance, Christi opened LifeStar Counseling in January, 2013. "It has been a long, hard road of life lessons that have made me stronger today then I was before Dugan's passing. My hardship gives me an even deeper passion and understanding to begin helping others again," she explains.

Christi believes in following your passions, seeing them realized through hard work and dedication, or, simply, a commitment of time. Other passions in her life include baking, flowers, reading, music and enjoying different forms of artistic expression.

If you would like to contact Christi, please visit her Contact page, here.


There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no insurmountable barrier except our own inherent weakness of purpose.
Elbert Hubbard
"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try."
Beverly Sills, former American opera soprano
"If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we are not really living. Growth demands a temporary surrender of security."
Gail Sheehy, American journalist
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning how to dance in the rain...
-Vivian Greene
"You have to imagine it possible before you can see something. You can have the evidence right in front of you, but if you can't imagine something that has never existed before, it's impossible."
Rita Dove, first African-American poet laureate of the U.S.
"Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning."
Gloria Steinem, American journalist and political activist
"A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture, and transform."
Diane Mariechild, author of "Mother of Wit"
"It's not what you do once in a while, it's what you do day in and day out that makes the difference."
Jenny Craig
"We never know how high we are Till we are called to rise; And then, if we are true to plan, Our statures touch the skies."
Emily Dickinson, American Poet
"I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship."
Louisa May Alcott, author of "Little Women"

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LifeStar Counseling
13901 NE 175th Street
Suite F
Woodinville, WA 98072

Crisis Lines

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