Chris has a BA from Simon Fraser University and a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. He is a current member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.
Chris has experience working with community agency, school and government programs. He has worked for a local Health Authority as a Clinical Counsellor in their substance abuse program working with both adults and youth. As an Assistant Program Manager at a large community-based agency, he assisted in the development and supervision of programming/outreach for at-risk youth and their families. Chris helped create the Mental Health Boot Camp program and the Follow Thru goal management app.
Chris is the co-founder of the Original Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, an annual charity event in Vancouver that is credited as starting the ‘ugly Christmas sweater’ trend that spanned the globe. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Coquitlam.
This therapist assists individuals who are experiencing depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, anger, parent-teen conflict, trauma, grief and substance use. Based on each client’s unique situation, Chris utilizes a client-centered,eclectic counselling style by incorporating a variety of psychotherapy techniques and approaches.
Chris also facilitates seminars and presentations on a range of different topics including: substance abuse/relapse prevention, positive psychology and general self-help.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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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, Stress & Anxiety
Tagged with: adolescence
, emotional regulation
, panic attacks
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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…
Posted in Family & Parenting
, Personal Growth
, Stress & Anxiety
Tagged with: anger
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…
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…
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…
According to Eckhart Tolle, “80 to 90 percent of most people’s thinking is not only repetitive and useless, but because of its dysfunctional and often negative nature, much of it is harmful.” As we mature, we develop tendencies of thinking based on a complex interaction of our biology and accumulated experiences. Thought patterns become engrained and impact our interpretation and perception of our reality. How we interpret and perceive new information will ultimately impact how we feel. Our life is…