Christine Boyd is a child counsellor
in Calgary who uses her resilience
and hope Superpowers
to help kids discover and grow
their own Superpowers.
Christine’s Superhero Story
Before your first session, you can share this story with your child. Parents can also scroll below to read about Christine’s professional expertise as a child counsellor in her professional bio.
Once upon a time, there was a lovely girl called Christine.
Christine had a lovely huge heart and lovely long hair. She loved playing and listening to the music of the forest. She liked listening to the gentle sound of the river and the birds, and painting the beautiful things she could see and hear. She painted birds, bunnies, and butterflies. Mountains, flowers, and trees.
When Christine was outdoors playing or painting, she felt calm. When she was riding her horse, Cinnamon, or playing with her little blue dog, Max, she felt at ease, too. She felt safer and calmer in nature, outside.
Tricky, yucky “Big Feelings”
But sometimes Christine had to be inside, which she did not like. And when she was indoors, with other kids or to grown-ups, sometimes she felt yucky “Big Feelings” that did not feel fine. It was not fun for her to be around people at all.
She didn’t know the name for the yucky “Big Feelings” that came up for her, sometimes. Her whole body hurt, like a tummy ache everywhere. When she saw other kids or grown-ups, the last thing she wanted to do was to talk or play. She felt like crying or running away.
These tricky, yucky “Big Feelings” stayed in her heart for a long time.
(How long, you might wonder. About a few weeks, which feels like forever when you’re a kid or a teen growing up. Now let’s continue the story.)
How calmness helped
One day, after a really yucky “Big Feelings” day, she went to the forest with her little blue dog, Max. They sat on the grass under a big tree. Right away she felt a little bit better. Calming down in Nature, with her little dog, who was a good, calm dog, helped her feel calm, too. He helped her relax. That was the good part. But the yucky “Big Feelings” were still there. They felt heavy, like big rocks in her heart.
“Maybe I need help to figure out my feelings and what to do,” she thought to herself. “This is too heavy for me to hold all on my own. These tricky, yucky “Big Feelings” don’t let me play, make friends, or have fun. I want to make friends. It would be fun to play, and dream, and do well in school, and hold happy thoughts in my heart.”
Did you know?
Most dogs have a wonderful
“friendly listening” and calming