Dr. Christina Bjorndal is a Naturopathic Doctor with a special focus in the natural treatment of mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, eating disorders, and ADD/ADHD.
She ensures your health has a solid foundation using Orthomolecular medicine, and build on this foundation with Homeopathy, Botanical Medicine, Mind-Body Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture thereby providing an integrative approach to managing these complex cases.
Dr. Chris has a primary passion in the integrative treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders and other mental health illnesses. Her treatment program for mood disorders is tailored to each individual. With an understanding of psychiatric medications, they can assist patients in integrating them with naturopathic care and/or can help patients discuss how to taper off their medications in consultation with their prescribing physician. As the focus is on addressing the underlying causes of mental dis-ease, patients are empowered to effectively treat those deeper concerns using homeopathy and natural medicine.
Dr. Chris has a special interest in the various ways we can use our mind for clinical benefit. Specially, Dr. Chris’s life-long interest in mind-body medicine has been bolstered with over 30 years of practical and professional training in psychotherapy from numerous sources, including Harvard medical school, Penn State University (positive psychology), Compassion Focussed therapy, Gestalt therapy, Cognitive behavioural Therapy and various meditative traditions and she applies these highly effective methods in treating people suffering with their health.
A primary focus in treatment is to encourage balance within both the body and the mind. When balance is restored, nature’s own intelligence or “vitality” can work much more efficiently to bring about health. As such, medicine is primarily a process of encouraging or “building health” rather than “fighting disease.” We prefer to think of ourselves as specializing in creating healthy people, not treating disease.
In Dr. Chris’s case, she focuses on treating mental health issues because she herself has recovered from her own mental health challenges.
Dr. Chris struggled with depression, anxiety and an eating disorder as a teenager and in university, and after many years of suffering she finally found relief with Orthomolecular and Naturopathic medicine. Also, bipolar disorder runs in her family, and she has witnessed the impact it can have when untreated. Finding a method that is not only safe and natural, but in most cases more effective than prescription medications, was inspiring. This experience motivates her to make sure she helps as many people as she can to reach a place of healthy remission.
Dr. Chris grew up in Nanaimo and Richmond, British Columbia, and later studied at the University of British Columbia and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. She writes for many magazines (see Blog/Articles), has been a guest panelist on CTV’s Alberta Primetime and is a regular speaker at the Mental Health Regained Public Forum in Vancouver, BC (hosted by the International Schizophrenia Association).
As a licensed Naturopathic Doctors, Dr. Chris has experience helping patients with a variety of health concerns. She can act as a primary care physician and treat the whole family with a naturopathic approach to primary care.