Digging Deep With Kelsey

This week, we're digging deep with Kelsey MacDougall, a holistic psychotherapist & nutritionist. She'll also be serving as our fearless leader for re-shaping language with ourselves, boosting confidence, and calming our inner critics at The Self Series, starting next week! 

How did you first become interested in holistic psychotherapy?

Psychology has ALWAYS been a major interest of mine. From a young age, I was intrigued by dreams, people watching, and getting to know what makes people tick. I started studying psychology while I was still in elementary school! 

The "holistic" piece came into play when I was 15 on the day I went to a naturopathic doctor to seek resolution from my life-long journey with sickness. It was through him that I learned about the significant impact that food and our environment has on our body. As I grew, healed, and learned, I knew my purpose was to integrate these two passions to support others in their own health and happiness journey.


If you could tell the world one thing...

Oh, here comes my inner-hippie... I would tell the world: You really are enough. Within each and every one of us is a deep, radiating glow of love. 

Sadly, we've all got a lot of layers covering it all up. Starting from that kid who kicked you in kindergarten, to that time your dad made fun of your weight, to when you lost someone who deeply love. All of these things add up and lead to feelings of defeat and being "less than." 

Some layers are thicker than others, some are easier to let go of, but trust me... deep inside, you are full of love, and you truly are enough. Let go, and let it shine.


Best low-key way to de-stress at the airport?

My go-to de-stress involves a technique called "tapping," also known as emotional freedom technique (EFT). I'll be teaching about that, and a few other gems, in my upcoming workshop with Social Yoga. The Coles Notes version is this: you tap on particular meridian point of the body to get energy moving (think acupuncture points), while stating specific mantras. It's quick, easy, and effective. I use it any time I am feeling nervous or stressed out!

Personal and/or professional motto:

I feel like it changes all the time! It's totally dependent on where I am and what I'm going through professionally and personally. 

Right now? Connect to and whole-heartedly believe in your purpose, and trust that everything will fall into place as it is meant to.  


Favourite place for tea (or coffee) in Van?

My fave place for tea (or if I'm feeling fancy, a decaf almond milk latte) is Greenhorn Cafe in my 'hood, the West End. It's tucked away, has super friendly staff, and they make a mean Irish Breakfast Misto. The food and gluten-free treats are also amazing!


What was your last Halloween costume?

Oh, this was a good one! I was cookie monster! The best part? My friend went as a cookie! I still laugh every time I think about that.

One person that's inspired your career path?

Y'know, it's funny... I was asked this question a couple days ago, and honestly, I don't have any one single person who has inspired me. I've just always had a dream of helping others. Don't get me wrong, there are a ton of amazing, incredible, inspiring people, and I have gotten tons of value and insight from many of them. I just feel like I have my own unique path and mission, and I'm figuring it all out, one day at a time.


Tell us about one special object of sentimental value to you:

My most beloved possession is a ring that my parents gave me for my 18th birthday. It's the first ring my dad gave my mom (who, I'm proud to say, are still happily married.) Not only do I adore the sentimental value of it, but it's such a unique piece of jewelry and I have never seen anything else like it. It's my favourite thing, for sure.


Last amazing book you read?

I am SO glad you asked this question!  I have been raving about this book to all of my girlfriends, it is a MUST READ!  

Attached by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller. It's all about how to form relationships with our romantic partners. I have studied a lot of attachment theory in my day, and this book still opened my eyes to my own attachment patterns as an adult. It helped me develop a deeper understanding of how that impacts my relationship with my partner, and how my partner's attachment style impacts me. It's a game changer. Seriously. Go read it. Like, right now. Whether you are single, in a committed relationship, or in that "it's complicated" phase (especially if you're in that phase!) this book is for you.