Christina Bell, Registered Psychologist
The College of Alberta Psychologists (no. 3687)
The Psychological Association of Alberta
I’ve got a thank-you card with Oprah’s name on it that’s about 20 years overdue.
I first remember wanting to become a psychologist when I saw one on Oprah as a teenager. I was fascinated by the idea that an expert could help you improve your life. I knew then what I wanted to be when I grew up.
The long road to becoming a psychologist has been very gratifying. Part of the reason I believe so strongly in what I do is that I’ve seen the benefits of applying certain strategies to my own life. I’ve even been accused of being addicted to attending training and reading self-help books!
But being in the helping field, I think it’s very important to be open to pursuing my own therapy, and I believe that being “on the other side of the couch” has made me a better person and psychologist.
All Oprah jokes aside, I consider it a great honour to collaborate with clients to improve their lives. Like handprints, every client approaches me with a unique set of characteristics and strengths. Together, we engage in the process of change.
It can be scary to reach out for help. You—like everyone else—may fear you’re beyond help or incapable of change. But I can tell you this: in my 15+ years in the field, I have learned that change is not always easy, but it is always possible.
Sometimes we just need someone to help guide and support us through the dark times. Our challenges can become our strengths, if we do the work. I’d be happy to share what I know about the process of change with you, and I’d be honoured to be your guide.
Five very random and almost fascinating facts about me:
1. I watch reality TV. There, I said it!
Maybe it’s a rationalization, but I enjoy analyzing human relationships by watching Married at First Sight.
2. I like to experiment with new nutrition and exercise routines.
I’m constantly reading and researching new ways to improve health and longevity. I try not to drive those around me too crazy with my research findings :).
3. I’m in love with Lytton, BC.
Lytton is a village where the Thompson and Fraser rivers meet in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. I lived there as a child and consider it my "happy place." The picture above was taken just outside Lytton overlooking the Thompson river canyon.
4. I started my helping career as a Distress Line volunteer.
This experience was transformative personally and professionally.
5. I meditate daily.
I’ve been meditating almost every day since 2010, and it’s one of the most important parts of my life. I am also a regular practicer of hot yoga and qui gong (a form of mindful movement).