is Founder and Co-Director of The Center for Creative Parenting in Marin County, California, as well as a Preconception and Prenatal Counselor. Integrating her experiences as a counselor and mother, she has developed a comprehensive Prebirth Holistic Health Program for both parents, and the future child, featured in her book "Parenting Begins Before Conception: A Guide for Preparing Body, Mind, and Spirit -- For You and Your Future Child". Her popular seminar, "Planning a Baby? You Can Prepare" is frequently offered to women and couples in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the United States.
Since graduating from Harvard University in 1978, Carista has had a successful counseling practice and has taught numerous workshops internationally and locally on topics that address the concerns about preparing for parenthood. Carista is pioneering research and offers services in Holistic Approaches to Preconception and Prenatal Health Care, and its effects on personality and soul development for parent and child. She has explored many of the fertility principles and parenting techniques that she teaches during her own prebirth and post-natal experiences with her daughter.