Counselling Services and Courses Offered:

Updated June 26, 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 Level 1 Elimination: 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 contact@mind-bodyhealth.ca 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.

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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.

Kyle Cheveldayoff, Registered Psychologist, Victoria, BC Canada

Kyle Cheveldayoff

Registered Psychologist (BC and AB)

Retired Firefighter (10 years CFD)

Former Physical Therapist

Common Therapy Related ?’s

My approach to counselling and psychotherapy integrates my past careers. This includes exercise physiology and human movement sciences (Kinesiology), training as a Physical Therapist, and more recently my career as a Firefighter and Safety Codes Officer with the Calgary Fire Department. These careers sparked my interest in trauma- and body-related psychotherapies (e.g., EMDR and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy).

Over the years my research has led me into evaluating how the different parts of the Mind work (e.g., conscious, subconscious, unconscious), how the energy of consciousness works (individual and collective), and various meditation techniques. This steered my post-graduate training into areas of Clinical Hypnosis, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and a form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Over more recent years, I have observed the area of Energy Psychology (EP) go from not being well understood, to now become a validated psychotherapy through techniques such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). For those unaware of this breakthrough research CLICK HERE.

I find that many people are now seeking to expand their consciousness beyond what they were exposed to while growing. I find this often requires some “rewiring” of the nervous system to de-energize some of the old sub-conscious programs that are getting in the way. And, of course, installing some new sub-conscious programs for future use. For recognizing those negative core beliefs, ruminating thoughts, and other programs that you are often not aware of (e.g., “I’ve always been an anxious person, or…”). Together, these approaches work to expand your conscious awareness of life (increased awareness) and re-calibrate your nervous system. All of these approaches combine to empower a person, whether younger or older, to reach their full potential in this lifetime.

  • Stress Reduction: We now know that many health disorders are caused by stress.
  • Improved Thoughts: Improvement of unwanted thoughts, repeated negative thoughts, and rumination on these thoughts that cause stress. Thoughts activate our brain and impact the biochemical and neurological systems.
  • Emotions/Feelings and Body-Sensations: Seeking relief, acceptance and an overall better understanding of these psychosomatic aspects for more freedom and a better understanding.
  • Consciousness Expansion: Guidance and exploration into the conscious and unconscious parts of the mind (including sub-conscious programs or core-beliefs). This is often called a higher state of consciousness as it aligns with aspects of love, light and forgiveness. Rather than with fear, darkness and blame.
  • Passion/Happiness in Life: Whether personal- or career-related, finding something that brings more fulfillment and a greater sense of happiness individually and inter-personally.
  • Balance of the Mind, Body, and Spirit: Understanding and expanding upon your individual relationship of these key areas of physical and metaphysical. This may, or may not, be through a particular identification within a religious or spiritual framework and will be explored according to your personal beliefs.
I often work with people dealing with aspects of stress, depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress and PTSD, eating-related issues, spiritual and personal growth, and many other conditions. A diagnosis or condition isn’t required, and at times can trick someone into thinking that they are “broken” or should only look at their suffering through that one label or stigma. I will assist you in seeing the larger picture, by creating “experiments” to work on specific areas and while also exploring some of the root causes to your symptoms.
I utilize both Western- and Eastern-based approaches. Our work together will focus on rediscovering yourself, to sort through the inner voices in your head, develop a new sense of balance, and ultimately build a new relationship with that deeper essence/higher-self that’s trying to guide. Over time you will learn to trust your intuition, or inner guidance, that is trying to guide you in each moment of each day. Along the way gathering new tools, de-wiring old programs, and expanding your consciousness to interact with life in new ways.
This loaded question is usually asked in parts by my clients, but I’ll attempt to answer them together. As someone that meditates daily, I see the benefits of meditation practices both personally and professionally to re-calibrate and balance the conscious and unconscious parts of the mind. I am a strong advocate for meditation-based and consciousness-based practices. I believe Energy Psychology (EP) and Meditation-based techniques complement each other very well, as everything at its base form is energy. We don’t need to know exactly how this works, we just need to be curious about exploring it in our own lives. For example, every thought is energy that not only goes inward to activate our brain and then down to each cell (see Bruce Lipton’s work), but also radiates outward from our bodies into a larger field of collective-consciousness. Furthermore, every nerve conducts electricity (which is energy) and advancements in technology are now able to measure the energy radiating from our hearts and our brains. Generally speaking, everything physical and metaphysical (beyond the physical) is believed to be interacting beyond the veil of what we can physically see. The secret is often learning how to interact and consciously use these physical and metaphysical properties of life.

Quantum physics is now the new leading science that is bridging the physical with the metaphysical. The Observer Effect is a prime example of this. Whether you prefer the word metaphysical or spiritual, our society has now entered into a new era in psychology and medicine whereby we understand thoughts as the precursor to creating physical things. Consider the following example to explain.

How thoughts manifest our physical reality: Our thoughts are considered to be the consciousness energy that begins a chain of events that eventually manifests something in our physical reality. Using Amazon as an example, this billion-dollar company was physically manifested relatively quickly into a worldwide monopoly. This was done by the public first sharing their thought-energy with other people by saying things like: “it’s cheap, it’s fast, and you’ll find everything you need there.” The next person tested this thought, went to the Amazon site, and soon agreed in thought (metaphysical energy) to then buy something (physical manifestation) and then promote that thought to another person (more metaphysical energy) to continue the cycle of thoughts manifesting our reality.

The physical aspect of our life is quite obvious. But the thought/metaphysical energy behind the scenes is often overlooked. Considering we may have around 10,000 thoughts each day, that’s a lot of metaphysical energy and potential power to manifest the physical reality you desire. This is happening worldwide, whether we realize it or not. This collective manifestation is often termed co-creative consciousness or collective-consciousness. It may be worth considering how this unity of collective thought, or lack of unity, can manifest in political ways, in protests like climate change, and in other important aspects of life. Big business, adverts, and political campaigns have utilized these principles for many years.

It is important to keep in mind that you may not “see” how thoughts manifest the physical with your own eyes, as the human five-sense perception is not designed to be as sensitive as many other creatures like dolphins and even many insects. You will, however, know when you are interacting and utilizing the “metaphysical” or “spiritual” aspects of consciousness when you begin to see more interesting synchronicities and coincidences in your life. Those interesting events will confirm that you are on the right track toward achieving your goals in therapy.

Before scheduling an appointment with me please review the pages of this website first. To assist you in making the right decision, I will continue to post links to videos that may answer some of the common questions I answer during an initial visit. I hope this will assist you in making an educated decision and also provide you with some areas of interest to explore in your free time.

If you are interested in my consciousness-based research please visit the Group Counselling page for upcoming courses and the Resources and Research page for additional information.

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”

Kyle Cheveldayoff

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.

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“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.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn
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.

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