Chris Chickering’s remarkable resumé straddles the worlds of business, entertainment, and personal development. He is a social entrepreneur, licensed psychotherapist, and award-winning musician who has dedicated his life to helping people and organizations fulfill their highest calling through coaching, training, inspirational speaking, and uplifting music. Chris’ mission is to instill a sense of joy, hope, and healing through his work and art.
As a psychotherapist and coach, Chris is passionately devoted to helping clients realize their best selves. He holds an MA in Counseling from Southwestern College, is a licensed LMHC in New Mexico, and is a certified neuro-linguistic programming practitioner and hypnotherapist.
Chris Chickering’s background as a psychotherapist gives him unique insights into the human spirit. His experiential, personal growth-based live performances blend inspirational music and guided meditation with motivational storytelling and sleight-of-hand magic. He also presents innovative programs and workshops for organizations seeking to achieve their most audacious goals.
Inspired by the likes of Cat Stevens, Neil Young, and The Rolling Stones, and moved by the humanitarian efforts of singer-songwriter Harry Chapin, Chris has opened for Michael Franti & Spearhead at the Santa Fe Yoga Festival and performed at the New Mexico Counseling Association’s Annual Conference. His original music has also been used by prominent author and alternative medicine advocate, Deepak Chopra. Under his non-profit label, Music for Positive Change, Chris has released six studio albums.
His debut album, Shine, dropped in 2012. Subsequent releases include Living in the Now (2013,) The Resurrection of Me (2014,) The Better Side (2015,) Regeneration (2015) and The Hero’s Journey (2017.) Most of the albums were produced and co-written by Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated composer Greg Barnhill (Tim McGraw, Chicago) with engineering overseen by Greg Bieck (Hall & Oats, Train) and Mills Logan (Toby Keith, Taylor Swift). Chris’ music can be heard on streaming platforms such as Spotify, Pandora, and Apple Music and is available for purchase through all major distributors and Chris’ official website.
As an entrepreneur, Chris founded Guru Authority, a marketing agency dedicated to helping some of the world’s most renowned speakers, authors, and content creators bring their messages to the world. Since 2007, he has secured highly profitable online joint venture partnerships and strategic alliances for over 100 companies – ultimately generating tens of millions in additional revenues for a notable roster of clients.
Away from his professional life, Chris can be found improving his own well-being. He is an avid fitness enthusiast, a sleight-of-hand magician, and enjoys hiking with his dog Chili in the mountains of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
“I’ve picked myself up off the ground more times than I can remember. I stay on track by focusing on things I can control like putting in the work, getting off the bench and into the arena of life — as opposed to focusing on things I can’t control like what others think or how things will ultimately turn out. I keep the train moving forward by breaking challenges into the smallest possible steps and always strive to remember: the joy is in the journey.”