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What is the Mentally STRONG Method?

Think. Organize. Choose.
Our Mission:
Empower anyone to confidently say “I am mentally strong”, while simultaneously encouraging a healthy relationship with GOD. 
The Mentally STRONG Method was created by our founder Dr. Cristi Bundukamara Ed.D, PMHNP-BC. Dr. B has been a psychiatric nurse practitioner for over 20 years and currently manages her own practice in Colorado Springs. She created the Mentally STRONG Method to help herself overcome some of the most difficult experiences of her personal life and is dedicated to helping others do the same.

Over the years, we have worked with many clients who experience frequent feelings of stress, depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem struggle to control how they interpret and deal with negative things in their environment. This type of thinking can often result in even more negative emotions and behaviors, leaving the patient feeling disempowered. Our goal is to help them develop new skills and behaviors that are productive and geared toward obtaining their desired goals. The Mentally STRONG Method draws on various aspects of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in order to teach you how to identify and challenge self-defeating thoughts, feelings, and behaviors so you can live a happier life.

Many common challenges such as stress, lack of confidence, and poor communication skills are the result of one's own self-perception. With the Mentally STRONG Method, you will gain a deeper understanding of whatever is at the root of your own personal struggles and move towards becoming the best version of yourself.

We offer multiple online courses and coaching programs designed to teach you how to use the Mentally STRONG Method to identify what might be stopping you from reaching your full potential and what action is needed to take charge of your situation. Our self-guided approach will allow you to use these newfound skills at home or on the go. If you'd like to learn more or are interested in signing up for one of our online courses, contact us today.

The Mentally STRONG Method in Action

Mentally STRONG Method Thought Maps

Thought Maps

Thought Mapping is one of four elements of the Mentally STRONG Method. It is a solid cognitive approach to maintenance and can help keep you moving forward instead of ruminating on past problems. It can also help you understand how your past impacts the present and gain insight into why you're making decisions. 

View examples of thought maps and see how they can help you organize your thoughts!
Think. Organize. Choose!

Ways to Access the Mentally STRONG Method

  • Take an online course: We offer personal development courses for those wanting to overcome life's challenges and for those wanting to help their children build self confidence.
  • Find a coach: Learn to be Mentally STRONGer and discover your most authentic self by finding a life coach online.
  • Visit the clinic: We offer comprehensive mental health services in Colorado Springs. Request an appointment with our psychiatric nurse practitioners!
  • Get support for your non-profit: Whether you're the leader in a church or involved in a charitable foundation, we can create a custom course to train your staff to use the Mentally STRONG Method in your day-to-day activities. 
  • ​Bring the Mentally STRONG Method into your organization: Our team can help you meet the mental needs of your employees by providing a life coach to help cultivate a more productive work environment. 
  • The Mentally STRONG Method for Licensed Professionals: We offer a unique training program designed to teach licensed professionals to use the Mentally STRONG Method in their own practices. The goal is to help you empower your clients to achieve their greatest goals and desires.
  • ​Franchise Opportunities: If you are interested in helping to revolutionizing the culture of mental health by starting your own practice, we invite you to become a part of the mission of Mentally STRONG by exploring our franchise opportunities. 

Melina Wilshire, Choice Mapping Coach

I was born and raised in Arizona, graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in Microbiology with a chemistry minor. 

I am a proud U of A Wildcat; Bear Down! During my time at university I participated in laboratory research, while also student teaching.

I have over 15 years of experience in the medical field; including extensive pharmacy experience, working at the Veterans hospital, and serving in the behavioral health field. 
I am the eldest of 7, married to a wonderful man and together we have our two hounds; a beagle (Tucker Max) and a yellow lab (Mazey Blue). In our household we are college football fanatics; the U of A wildcats, and the Michigan Wolverines. 

My other joys/ passions/hobbies/ interests include: photography, dance, weight lifting, holistic health alternatives (specifically essential oils), sewing, quilting, crafting, reading, penpalling.

Although I am a transplant, I take great pride in the beauty that is Colorado. In 2010 while still in Arizona, I was personally in a bad place; I found myself having deep difficulties functioning in daily life, and lost with the person I knew in my heart I was. During this time, as with other times of difficulty in my life, I turned toward the Lord for guidance and looking for direction on how to overcome this difficult season. 

In January of 2011 the Lord presented a life changing opportunity for me. I packed up myself and my beagle puppy, leaving behind all my family and friends and relocated to Colorado. This move has greatly impacted and forever changed my life. I am forever grateful, and proud that I had the faith and courage to follow where the Lord was calling me.

It is here that I began working in mental health; a field I never thought I would find myself in, and one that I never imagined would be so fulfilling. And once again, the Lord has called me to follow him to serve at Mentally-STRONG; a mission I am intensely excited and passionate about. 

And Thank YOU for being here with us at Mentally-STRONG.