Beyond The Label Training

This program will be limited to 16 participants. Dr. Chris has training in:

  • Gestalt psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness based therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral therapy
  • Attachment psychology
  • Compassion focused therapy
  • Integrative Reprogramming Technique

She has created a unique program that will teach you how to work with your patients to gain awareness into the subconscious or core beliefs that may be sabotaging their best efforts to live life optimally. This process allows them to truly heal on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual – and sets them free from the mental prison they may be living in.
This course is an opportunity to explore the personal work that is necessary to break through limitations in your professional (and personal) life. Dr. Chris will guide you through lectures, exercises and experiential learning modules to help you effectively address mental health as a crucial part of our holistic experience: in the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual spheres. Converse with your heart and foster an internal heart-connection with those around you – which will ultimately lead to an inspiring life that is authentic, deep and loving.

The Beyond The Label training course will help you to ‘get out of your own way’ in both a professional and personal sense. Practitioners will break through the stigma and shame of mental health concerns and learn tools to strengthen their mental well-being by building confidence in themselves and their lives. Your health will greatly improve as you enjoy the benefit of working through your own fears and faulty core beliefs so that you can effectively and safely help others work through theirs.

Using resources and tools from many teachers/gurus, authors, doctors and from her own personal and clinical experience, Dr. Chris will teach you to:

• Support the physical level of mental health through supporting neurotransmitter and neuroendocrine system function with diet, nutritional supplementation and herbal medicine
• Give appropriate physical support for mental health: clinical protocols and guidelines
• Support mental/thought patterns
• Support the emotional self and understand emotions and their connection to health
• Develop skills for being comfortable at an ‘emotional level’ of conversation (for patients and practitioners)
• Develop a common language to address the spiritual aspect of mental well-being
• Use non-violent communication with others and self
• Recognize, hold compassion for and holistically address several mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, OCD, bipolar disorders (I and II) and psychosis

Learn techniques from:

• Gestalt psychotherapy, Mindfulness-based therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Attachment psychology, Compassion-focused therapy and Integrative Reprogramming Technique


The “Beyond the Label” retreat was an intimate retreat where I had the opportunity to learn clinical pearls and broaden my scope in the area of mental health. I gained skills that I was able to implement in practice, had the opportunity to explore my own challenges and learn effective techniques to find my inner peace. It was a relaxed environment with plenty of opportunities for interaction, discussion and lending support to one another. ​You will learn effective techniques that will aid in calming your mind, opening your heart, and laying the foundation to good health.  Dr. Chris has personal and clinical experience in the area of mental health with knowledge in both the medical and naturopathic world and has great ability to integrate all of this information for the most benefit.  I would highly recommend this course. ~ Dr. N, retreat participant

The “Beyond the Label” course retreat 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. 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 at the retreat, and if you feel the course resonates with you, I’m sure you will enjoy it as well! ~ Dr. C, retreat participant

A full immersion weekend with Dr. Bjorndal learning discussing and sharing life experiences regarding mental health – what a great experience!  It was a gift to hear first hand Dr. Bjorndal’s mental health journey and to come away with resources to help support my patient’s mental health and my own well being. The weekend was idyllic with a great group of people who were compassionate and supportive. I would highly recommend joining the next retreat. ~ Dr. K, retreat participant 

Retreat Details: Location: Blush Lane Conference room – Edmonton, Alberta

Date: September 29 – October 1, 2017

  • Schedule: Friday 4:30 – 5 pm, check in/arrival
  • Friday: 5 – 9 pm course instruction starts
  • Saturday, September 30:
    7-9am – Yoga/nature walk and breakfast;
    9-12pm group instruction;
    12–1pm Lunch;
    1–5pm group instruction and exercises;
    5-7pm Group dinner;
  • Sunday, October 1, 2017
    7-8:30am – Yoga/nature walk and breakfast
    9–12pm group session/wrap up
    12–1pm lunch
    1–5pm Practitioner practice success & integration
  • Retreat includes: A copy of “Moving Beyond: Journal into Self-Discovery; A copy of “Beyond the Label”; A copy of “The Essential Diet: Eating for Mental Well-Being” and a copy of “Heal your Body, Cure your Mind” by Dr. Ameet Aggarwal, snacks, course instruction & materials
  • Cost: Early bird pricing $580 until August 15, 2017; regular $735

If you would like to register for the Beyond The Label training course, please email or register here .

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