Counselling Services and Courses Offered:
Updated August 27, 2020
Due to COVID-19 and social distance guidelines the Mind-Body Health clinic will now be offering:
1. In-Person Counselling: Available for individuals, couples, and families (larger groups hosted in the larger group area). NOTE: In-Person counselling should not be scheduled if you have any risk factors or concerns related to COVID-19 transmission beyond the on-site Safety Plan of: keeping workers on-site 2 metres apart from other workers, customers, and members of the public.
2. Walk & Talks: Available around the Fernwood community in Victoria (you may wait outside for these appointments).
3. Video/Zoom Counselling: Available for individuals, couples, and groups (email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about upcoming group courses)
4. Phone: Please ensure your area code is included and time zone if different than Victoria BC.
COVID Notice: Please schedule Video or Phone counselling if you have any concerns about COVID-related transmission. Masks will not be provided or worn by therapists, and clients are responsible for taking precautionary measures. Please wash your hands when you arrive, as there is a washroom at the top of the stairs.
Thank you for taking the precautionary measures you feel are necessary during this transitional time.
A Message from Kyle:
Hi, and thank you for visiting to see a Mind-Body approach to psychology may be of benefit to you. As you’ll see further down this page, I consider every client to have three main systems that interact with each other: Mind, Body, and Energy. To save you time, and hopefully money, I suggest looking through a few pages on this site to see if the information presented resonates with you. These pages provide you with information and videos on: my history as a Physical Therapist and Firefighter and how it relates to the mind-body approach I use as a psychologist (click here), the mind-body approach I use with counselling (i.e., talk therapy) and psychotherapy (i.e., interventions, click here), some useful resources, and some important advancements in mind-body research (click here). These pages are frequently updated so please check back intermittently.
By far, the most common area I assist clients with is stress. However, many are unaware that stress was a main contributor/catalysts to the initial state of feeling the dis-ease. Research repeatedly estimates that 60-90% of all disease is caused by stress. The stress of COVID is estimated to have a profoundly negative impact on the mental well-being of people across the world.
Stress can often manifest as anxiety and panic attacks, depressive thoughts, isolation or withdrawal, energy level decreases, concentration and cognition issues, and overall mood or emotional instability. The event(s) that caused the stress may be related to family and interpersonal issues, spiritual and personal aspects, isolation or withdrawal from others, work/business issues, past trauma, lack of forgiveness or acceptance, the meaning/purpose or end of life, life transitions, and many other areas. This stress may also manifest or exacerbate body related diseases like cancer, multiple sclerosis, and others. The good news is the mind-body system can be trained to better deal with stress.
I appreciate that you are in search for a psychologist, as this can be a challenging task to undertake and follow through with. I hope the information on these pages will help inform you of whether I may be able to assist on your journey to living a more meaningful and fulfilling life, or point you in a direction that may help.
Wishing you wellness,
Kyle Cheveldayoff, R.Psyc.
Registered Psychologist (BC and AB)
Retired Firefighter (10 years CFD)
Former Physical Therapist
Common Therapy Related ?’s
SOME KEY APPROACHES
“I utilize Western and Eastern based approaches to impact the three main human systems: 1) the Mind, 2) the Body/Somatic, and 3) the Spiritual/Metaphysical systems”
Consider the above image of a brain as a bio-machine, and that we each have three major systems or “brain cogs” that interact with each other. These are the Mind system, the Body system, and the Spirit/Energy system. All of these cogs, or systems, turn as we experience life’s ups and downs. These three main systems also have sub-systems, or smaller cogs, that interact as well. Many of which are subconscious programs that are stored through past experiences for various reasons. A system (or sub-system) can at times get stuck, over activated, under activated, suppressed, and so forth, to ultimately cloud or limit a person’s perception and ability to respond. This is why many people unconsciously react to a situation, instead of responding through conscious choice.
I often work with my clients to create what I call “experiments” of change, as I teach people/couples/groups to become their own “researchers” of life. This empowers people to become the researcher in their own life of experiments. Learning about these three major systems will assist in becoming the Observer of life’s experiences, by cultivating a new level of conscious awareness to understand the architecture of the mind, body, and spiritual systems. You will also develop the skills to perform regular repair and maintenance of these these systems like a mechanic does on a vehicle. After all, isn’t your Body system a vehicle that interacts with a Mind and Energy system?
Whether a mystic or an atheist, every human has these three systems and understanding how to use them can manifest wonderful life changes.
“Most people don’t realize that the mind constantly chatters. And yet, that chatter winds up being the force that drives us much of the day in terms of what we do, what we react to, and how we feel.”
PhD Molecular Biology / Researcher
The founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Founding director of the renowned Stress Reduction Clinic and Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Creator of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) used world-wide. He received his PhD from MIT and is the author of numerous scientific papers and books on the clinical applications of mindfulness in medicine and health care.
Meetings, Classes, and Workshops Space for Rent in Victoria, British Columbia
Mind-Body Health is now offering a bright 550 sq/ft rental space, only blocks away from the heart of Fernwood.
- Ideal for groups of up to 30 people
- Great for training, classes, workshops, or meetings
- 2 washrooms and kitchen facilities