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A Welcome From Dr. Bjorndal
While I was doing my undergraduate degree at UBC in the late 1980’s, I experienced a debilitating depression and anxiety. I also had an eating disorder and was not coping with the stress I was under at that time.
Like most people, I had not heard about Naturopathic medicine so I was treated with medications that were not effective.
After taking the medication that was initially prescribed to alleviate depression, I swung into a psychotic manic episode and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder type 1.
In 1994, after surviving a suicide attempt (which left me in a coma, on dialysis waiting for a kidney transplant), I finally began the healing process after reading a book called “A Return to Love” by Marianne Williamson. Up until this point I was living with the shame and stigma of having a mental illness and I had not accepted myself.
Since reading that book, I have spent over 25 years learning to accept and understand myself & my diagnosis with the help of many types of practitioners. I have come to realize that there are 10 steps to mental wellness and there are more natural ways to treat mental “dis-ease”.
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“Thank you so much for your wonderful speech today!”
“Dr. Christina Bjorndal is an exceptional educator. Her passion for sharing her knowledge not only comes from her educational background but from living in the trenches of personal health challenges. This makes her teaching unique to those desiring to learn beyond the typical physiological academic format. Adding the mental and spiritual components to her presentations provides a piece commonly overlooked by others but much needed to be a complete healer.”
“You have been an inspiration for so many people through your participation in the Mental Health Regained public workshops in Vancouver in 2012 and 2014, and now in Toronto in 2015. Also, your talk at the August 2013 Brain Solutions was the best of the event. You are making a valuable contribution, for which I am grateful.”
“I was a fellow speaker at the Brain Solutions Conference this past weekend. I never got the opportunity to congratulate you on your speech. I think it was wonderful and really enjoyed hearing your story.
I currently practice almost every suggestion you presented at the conference. Sleep, a diet of whole foods, exercise, and positive cognitive therapy are all pillars of my wellness.
It was terrific listening to you, I just wish I had the opportunity to have spoken with you after. Perhaps, we will meet in the future. If you ever give a talk in Ottawa, I’d love to show you around.”
“My wife and I met you at the end of the Brain Solutions conference. I wanted to say thanks again for your inspirational personal story and your message of hope and health.”
“Just wanted to thank you so very much for the presentation that you gave at the Brain Solutions Conference on Sunday. I found it very insightful and as my friend, David, said ‘the stuff that makes for Nobel Prize recipients—brilliance. You have an ability to take a very complex subject and make it simple and elegant’. I wholeheartedly agree. Many thanks again, With warm regards.”
“Thank you for your talk at the Brain Solutions conference today, I enjoyed it. I am a psychiatrist in BC Children’s Hospital’s eating disorder inpatient, day treatment and outpatient units and I appreciated your insight. It is appreciated! Thank you again!”
“The Health Action Network Society (HANS) had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Bjorndal for a guest lecture at our 2nd Annual Mind-alive! Conference in Vancouver. After hearing Dr. Bjorndal speak about her personal experiences with mental illness, and her clinical work with treatment plans, I have absolute faith in recommending Dr. Bjorndal as one of Canada’s leading experts in this area for treating the whole person. She is compassionate, caring, and was given a rave review from her peers. We’re grateful Vancouverites got to participate in this important learning session.”
“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Chris Bjorndal since 2001. Her passion and dedication to the art and practice of mind-body healing is inspiring. Dr. Chris applies a unique integrated orthomolecular and lifestyle medicine approach to optimize mental health. In her lectures, she speaks from the heart and courageously shares her personal healing journey to enhance the lives of others. I have no hesitation in recommending Dr. Chris for lectures and to those seeking personalized care for mental health and healing.”
“Dr. Chris draws upon her own personal and professional experiences in the area of mental health in an engaging and dynamic way, sharing personal and clinical examples, concepts, techniques and tools learned from various sources providing a foundation for acquiring knowledge and skills for an effective and integrated approach in serving others. The small group setting was intimate, supportive and relaxed, with invitation to share, discuss or just listen. I enjoyed my experience and I’m sure you will enjoy it as well.”
“The “Moving Beyond” course is a unique learning experience. Not only will you learn relevant, practical and tangible clinical information to utilize with patients right away, you will also learn the importance of “physician, heal thyself”, which can often be missing in other professional educational courses, allowing you to put into practice what you’re learning.”
“Dr. Bjorndal is a compassionate and brilliant practitioner. She is a leader in her field – mental health and women’s health. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a practitioner that has great bedside manner, and the expertise and experience to give you the tools you need to create a healthy life for you/your family. Thank you Dr. Bjorndal!”
“I have been seeing Dr. Chris now for 3 years now and she has truly changed my life. I have a lot of issues including mental illness and she has been my one true hope through my journey. She speaks the truth and directly from her heart. Everything that she says to me, hits home and speaks directly to my heart. She has helped me in more ways than I could ever count and I would HIGHLY recommend her to anymore.”
“I just wanted to let you know that I read your article on Eating Disorders, and I wanted to thank you for it. You were so brave! Your advice is so spot on, and I know that you are really really helping people. You have done a really good thing. Thank you for your honesty, it makes me feel that I can also be honest. Also, how you said that we are always recovering, really helped me to feel less like a failure when I have relapses in my thinking or my behaviour. You have given me renewed hope. I hope that your trip was really good, and I will see you and or talk to you soon! Thank you again.”