About Chris Cebulski
Chris received his Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo and his Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University. He completed his internship at MyLife Counselling under the supervision of our Clinical Director Mark Nixon. We invited Chris to join our team because of his passion to help clients and his dedication to excellence in his practice.
Individual clients and couples would describe Chris as having a calming and grounding presence. He is deeply committed to helping clients not only feel supported and understood, but also find better ways to manage and overcome anxiety, depression, self-worth, and relationship issues. Having spent a great deal of time discovering his own personal values and meaning in life, Chris also helps clients connect with their true selves and navigate existential concerns. It is through his own journey with overcoming self-doubt, low confidence, and anxiety that Chris was drawn to the practice of psychotherapy. He understands how draining and consuming it can be when we get caught up in our problematic thoughts and feelings. Chris is a firm believer that if we can change the way we relate to our inner experiences, we can focus our energy on moving our lives in a valued direction.
Chris has accumulated a wide range of experience working with people across a variety of mental health settings. As a Behavioural Counsellor at Stonehenge Therapeutic Community and Addictions Counsellor with the Portage Drug Rehabilitation Centre in Elora, Chris has gained profound empathy and skill in helping adults and youth struggling with addiction and mental health issues. As a Residential Counsellor at WAYS, Chris supported a wide variety of youth with mental health, relationship, and addictions-related issues. Chris is also a member of 7 Cups of Therapy, which is the world’s largest online emotional support system offering individuals one-on-one chat-based mental health support for anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.
As a volunteer Emergency Unit Supervisor at Grand River Hospital, Chris gained valuable experience providing crisis support and assistance to Emergency staff, individuals, and families. As a Mental Health Unit Creative Therapy Leader at the same hospital, Chris helped people make meaning of their unique experiences through therapeutic art activities. Chris also volunteered with Family and Children Services as a Mentor to at-risk youth and lead activities that helped them develop more positive self-concepts and self-esteem. These experiences have shaped Chris as a human being and guide his practice of providing a safe, respectful, and non-judgmental therapeutic space for clients.
Chris is trained in a variety of evidence-based therapeutic interventions, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Depression and Anxiety Disorders, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Depression and Anxiety Disorders, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and is a candidate for certificates in Addictions and Mindfulness training at Wilfred Laurier University.
Chris is interested in Existential and Buddhist philosophy and has an innate curiosity about the ups and downs of life and what bring each of us meaning. Additionally, Chris engages in regular meditation practice, which has influenced his therapeutic approach. He winds down by spending quality time with family and his partner of 5 years. He is passionate about all things outdoors and is an advocate for the healing power of nature. Chris enjoys long-distance running, hiking, and archery.