Meet Kellsey

Hello!

My name is Kellsey Calhoon (she/her). I am a cisgender woman of Irish, English, French and Polish descent, living on Treaty 4 territory in Regina, Saskatchewan.

I know myself to be a dynamic person. I love the lighter side of life, gravitating toward the humour, playfulness, gratitude and ridiculousness found in simple moments. Yet I also long for depth: the deep conversations, the heavy emotions, the great unknowns of the psyche and universe. 

Outside of the therapy office, you could expect to find me spending time with loved ones, wandering in nature, snuggling my pets, reading, trying to keep plants alive, moving my body in some way, working on This Human Thing, seeking an adventure or having an existential crisis.

My Core Values:
connection, freedom/agency, authenticity, curiosity, responsibility & impact

My Path

If I’m being honest, I think a part of the reason I originally headed down the path of becoming a psychologist is because I was told I would be “good” at it. I was known to be “good” at listening, understanding, caring and helping. I was hard-working and driven.

My gift of supporting others to heal and grow was tangled up with my own conditioning and wounding. I felt worthy if I could help others or if I was achieving something. And I felt comfortable only if others were comfortable. This made me feel accepted and safe.

My own healing journey started before I knew it did: through the body. Sports, movement and time in nature played a key role in my own overall wellness as a child and teen. I see now how physical exercise supported my family in dealing with stress and trauma, allowing for a sense of embodiment, connection and calm to return in stormy times. Body-based practices have always been supportive for me and allowed me to return to a sense of ‘home’ within myself.

In my 20s, I began to learn how to become aware of and work with my mind, through personal therapy, yoga, meditation & education. I started to become unhooked from core beliefs and unconscious & conditioned ways of thinking.

School mirrored this as I moved from kinesiology into psychology, with a vested interest on learning more about the connection between mind and body. My Masters research explored the way that therapeutic lifestyle changes could support mental health.

Eventually, the combination of this deepened mind-body awareness played a role in opening me up to a numinous experience, which I would describe as a spiritual awakening.  It was one of the most profound experiences of my life and took my healing journey and consciousness to a new level.

This experience also became a spiritual emergency, due in part because of my own lack of awareness of what I was experiencing (and therefore inability to truly advocate for myself), as well as the medical system’s lack of understanding of what I was experiencing. I was able to experience firsthand how unequipped our health system can be in holding space for the dynamic and whole nature of the human experience.  I felt de-humanized and unseen.

My experiences of healing through body, mind and spirit have reconnected me to the core of who I am. I am able to make choices more consciously and am able to understand and show up for myself in new ways.  I am more awake to life and am more resourced to move through life’s challenges.

By turning inward, I have been able to return back out with more vitality.

Further, this path has deepened my ability to understand and hold space for others in the midst of deep pain, suffering or complexity. My personal and professional experiences have provided me with a wide range of practices that support mental health and overall wellbeing.

So now, I choose to be of service within the role of a registered psychologist, art therapist and yoga teacher in a more conscious way. I seek to guide others to connect to their own innate healing wisdom by offering support and holding space, and enhance my ability to do this by continuing to do my own deep discovery and healing work. 

Formal Education + Training

What I’ve Done

  • Master of Education in Counselling Psychology – University of Alberta
  • Dual Diploma in Art Therapy & Expressive Art Therapy – WHEAT Institute
  • Bachelor of Kinesiology with Honours: Fitness and Lifestyle – University of Regina
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours: Psychology – University of Regina
  • Somatic Experiencing® – completed Advanced 2 training.
  • Eye Movement Reprocessing and Desensitization (EMDR) – Basic Training – Envision
  • 50-Hour Advanced Yoga Training in Trauma, Mental Health + Body Image
  • Introduction to Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy – Polaris Insight Center
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills Course – PsychWire
  • Hatha and Vinyasa Essentials 200-hour Teacher Training with Lori Lee at Yoga Haven
  • Reiki Level I/II – Usui/Holy Fire® III Reiki Ryoho
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • I have spent hours attending workshops + training and reading books + articles on a wide variety of mental + emotional health topics (such as counselling + psychology, trauma healing, somatic therapy, yoga, psychedelic integration, internal family systems, conscious relationships).

What I’m Doing

  • Psychedelic Integration Course – Embodied Philosophy (In Progress)
  • Yoga.Psyche.Soul™ Online Training (In Progress)
  • Somatic Psychedelic Facilitator Certificate – Embody Lab (In Progress)
  • Somatic EMDR Therapy Certificate – Embody Lab (In Progress)

What I’d Love To Do

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) training
  • Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP)
  • Integral Somatic Psychology training
  • Further yoga therapy training
  • Family Constellation training
  • Psychedelic Somatic Institute training, MAPS training + further KAP training
  • Holistic Doula training
  • A PhD in integrative psychotherapy or mind-body-spirit connection of some sort
Personal Work

As a fellow traveller in this journey of life, I am also on my own path of healing and growth. This is some of the on-going work I am involved in:

  • 10 years of therapy with a Jungian somatic psychotherapist
  • 6+ years of attending Somatic Experiencing therapy
  • Work with intuitive healers and bodyworkers
  • Regular yoga, meditation, breathwork & healing practices

Some personal development courses I have participated in:

  • Path of Love 7-Day Intensive, and other POL programs
  • Dimensions of Being: Initiation Into Essence
  • Rising Woman “Heal Your Relationships” course
  • Thomas Hubl’s 6-month “Conscious Healing” course
Job Titles
  • Registered Psychologist (in Saskatchewan, #970)
  • Art Therapist
  • Expressive Arts Therapist
  • Yoga Teacher
  • Supervisor for Registered Provisional Psychologists, practicum students, etc.

What You Can Expect of Me:

Compassion, accountability, authenticity + transparency

To feel heard, respected and supported

To be offered research-based resources, education + tools

work with me
(guide offerings only; waitlist closed to new clients)

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