Author: Chris Boyd

Chris is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who provides support to youth and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, anger, PTSD, grief and substance use. As a therapist, his ultimate goal is to help clients enhance resiliency in their lives. He sets out to accomplish this by engaging in a collaborative and strength-based approach. He incorporates several different modalities and strategies based odn each client’s unique situation and preference, including cognitive behavioural therapy and EMDR.

Chris completed a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Simon Fraser University and a Master of Arts in counselling psychology from Yorkville University. Prior to working in private practice, Chris’ professional journey took him to community agency, school and government programs as he had the privilege to work with an eclectic group of clients. In 2008 he collaborated with three fellow therapists and a team of programmers to create an online wellness boosting program called the Mental Health Boot Camp

Psychology aside Chris is the co-founder of the Original Ugly Christmas Sweater, an annual charity event in Vancouver that is credited with starting the ‘ugly Christmas sweater’ trend that has spanned the globe. His latest project has been to co-author a children’s book called: The Ugly Christmas Sweater Rebellion. Chris is a member of the Rotary Club of Coquitlam and is the co-vice president of the alumni association at his old high school, St.Thomas More Collegiate.

Chris provides presentations to the general public as well as educators and other mental health professionals. he is currently offering 3 presentation topics: ‘Wellness 101’, ‘Anxiety: Our Super Power!’, and ‘How to Use Pop Culture for Positive Change.’

Website: www.chrisboydcounselling.com

Instagram: @mentalhealthbootcamp, @uglychristmassweaterbook

Podcast: The Mental Health Boot Camp Podcast

 

 

Healing Through Poetry

September 10th 2019 is a day Rick will never forget.  He was sitting at an intersection on his motorcycle when a car hit him from behind, sending him flying.  The accident left him with a range of serious injuries, in addition to what Rick refers to as ‘the three’: PTSD, anxiety and depression.  Writing poetry has provided Rick the opportunity to process the emotional pain and tap into his resiliency and strength.  Below are four poems he has written. Recreate

Posted in Depression, General, Personal Growth, Stress & Anxiety

A Few Thoughts on the Death of George Floyd

The tragic death of George Floyd is yet another example of the nastiness of discrimination and prejudice that exists in the United States and across the world, including Canada.  The sense and tone I’ve gotten from social media is one of frustration, anger, sadness and confusion.  How can this still be happening? What can be done to stop this violence? From a psychology perspective the judgments we harbour can be conscious (explicit bias) and/or unconscious (implicit bias).  Some people truly

Posted in Depression, General, Grief, Personal Growth, Stress & Anxiety

The Origin of Anxiety

Sometimes you don’t know how fast you are moving until you are forced to stop.  COVID-19 has forced a lot of us to slow down and adjust our routines.  Luckily, as a result, I have been able to allocate more time to reading and exploring ideas. For this Psychealth article I’m going to do something quite different: I’m going to present a theory that has some practical implications for our lives. It’s a heavier read than usual but I hope

Posted in General, Stress & Anxiety

Up In Flames – part 2

About three and a half years ago I wrote the article: ‘Up In Flames’ that can be found at Psychealth.com. It was written shortly after my apartment burned down and shares my experience navigating through that challenging life event. This article is the follow-up. It took over three years to rebuild my home. I recall the first few weeks as the most difficult, as I was coming to terms with the scope of the loss. As time went on, I

Posted in Depression, Family & Parenting, General, Grief, Marriage & Relationships, Personal Growth, Stress & Anxiety, Therapy

The Mental Health Boot Camp

Think about it. Your mental health plays a role in EVERY area of your life: relationships, work, physical health, spirituality, even sex. Isn’t it time you made it a priority? The Mental Health Boot Camp is a new and engaging way to accomplish just that. Created by Joanna Boyd, Dr. Brooke Lewis and Chris Boyd (along with their friend from Los Angeles, Dr. Ryan Howes) the project is the first of its kind and combines the commitment of a traditional

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Using Pop Culture to Impact Positive Change – Part 2

Welcome back! In Pop Culture Part 1, I discussed how, when connecting with children/youth, I utilize pop culture to: 1) develop and enhance rapport, and 2) gather information in regard to values, traits and indicators of resiliency. Please go to www.psychealth.com if you haven’t had a chance to read Part 1; it would be like watching the Empire Strikes Back without watching Star Wars! In Part 2 I will discuss the third way I have utilized pop culture: to help

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Using Pop Culture to Impact Positive Change

Seven years ago, a colleague and I attended an annual conference in Washington DC called the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium. We were excited about meeting one of the key note speakers, John Gottman, a marriage and relationship researcher and expert whom we learned about while in grad school. We kept seeing a man of similar stature walking through the hallways of the hotel but were disappointed each time to realize that he wasn’t John. Upon arriving home and looking at the

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Up in Flames

On February 16th 2015, at around 4:15pm, I received a call while at work from a friend who lives in my apartment building. She said “Chris, there’s a fire in our building and we’ve been evacuated. But don’t worry; the fire is on the opposite side of the building from where we both live.” At first I was somewhat relieved, then it hit me… we live on opposite sides of the building, so it’s impossible for the fire to be

Posted in Depression, Grief, Personal Growth, Stress & Anxiety

Game Over?

David ‘Hesh’ Walker. Illidan Stormrage. Sonic the Hedgehog.  Now that I have your attention, please put down the controller or take your hand off the keyboard, and read on!  This article will review the pros and cons of video gaming, how to recognize when it’s becoming problematic and offer some suggestions and ideas to assist with making healthy changes. First the bad news. Some experts believe that playing video games excessively can hinder the development of the frontal lobe of

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Treatment Options

Are you or someone you know struggling with substance use? Are you searching for suitable addiction resources and supports, but discovering the route to be confusing and daunting? Here is a breakdown of some of the programs available for adults. The first stage in dealing with substance use may be detoxification in order to manage the withdrawal symptoms of substance use. There are two withdrawal management/ detox facilities in Vancouver and one in Surrey (Creekside); these are essential services operated

Posted in Addictions