Christen Reighter is a Colorado-based writer, editor, and speaker who addresses clinical mental health (from a unique perspective of both client and clinician), personal development including sex-positive psychoeducation, social justice, and women’s rights.
She is best known for her empowering viral TEDx talk about living childfree-by-choice (“I don’t want children—stop telling me I’ll change my mind”), which confronts how medical paternalism can impede bodily autonomy, while calling for scrutiny of our prescribed roles.
As an award-winning performer and writer, she has performed and competed on stages nationwide, published essays across multiple platforms, and been a featured speaker for TEDxMileHigh, United Way, North Texas Mensa, WNPR radio, and the University of Northern Colorado.
Informed and inspired by her academic work in the social sciences, Christen holds degrees with honors in sociology and psychology, and is trained in clinical mental health counseling through the master’s program at the University of Northern Colorado.
Christen is available for private consultation and speaking engagements for nonprofit, academic, and women’s organizations. Experienced with diverse participants and settings, she welcomes proposals for all event types and sizes—from small, intimate groups to crowds of thousands, and everything in between. Described as “enlightening” and “inspiring,” her freeform delivery incorporates elements of storytelling and didactic styles, creating a flexible, multifaceted approach that dependably facilitates audience connection and motivation.
On a personal note, her hobbies include: reading nonfiction, studying microbiology & psychology, kickboxing & weight lifting, and working on her car. She is currently working eagerly toward moving abroad and devoting her energy to several new writing projects.