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Meet Chevvy Cheung of The Center for Personal and Relational Development

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chevvy Cheung.

Chevvy, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
In my 14 years as a mental health professional, I have succeeded in supporting the healthy emotional development of children, teens, adults and couples.  Many have recovered from trauma, eased relationship difficulties, resolved parent/child conflict, or risen out of depression and found peace from anxiety.  

Since becoming a father, I have developed a program to address the emotional and psychological needs of soon-to-be Dad’s and Dad’s of young children.  I recognized the lack of program support for expecting Father’s and Father’s of young children. Post-Partum depression in Men is a real thing, and it has gone under the radar until recently.  Men’s emotional and psychological wellbeing has long been ignored, and it is imperative that Men, (women and our children as well) are encouraged to and taught how to realize emotional and psychological health.  I recognize the complexity of just “being”-our lives are complex and demanding-this strain and stress arises from just managing our daily lives.  

Almost all of the clients who I have seen in practice had never been given the opportunity to openly share their feelings and thoughts, especially when trying to conceal shame, guilt, doubt and feelings of inadequacy.  

I have had much success using my skills as a psychological health coach/life coach to help my clients realize all that makes them GOOD and ultimately to use their intrinsic resources to continually FEEL GOOD about themselves, and their ability to be effective in their relationships.  

To further help people who are not feeling or living at their best, I am integrating physical fitness and nutritional coaching services to my psychological coaching program.  I call this integrated wellness program: Mind, Muscle & Heart. Reaching our fullest potential requires regular maintenance in how we think, how we treat our bodies and the attention we pay to our emotional health.  

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
As a rookie entrepreneur, there was a huge learning curve! So many lessons to learn! Luckily, I have some solid people around me and luckily found other good people that have guided me in the right direction.

The most difficult aspect has been developing and maintaining the mindset of an entrepreneur-the marketing and the networking. 

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about The Center for Personal and Relational Development – what should we know?
I named my practice, The Center for Personal and Relational Development because I know how integral emotional and physical health is on being the best we can be.  Whether it is a lack of confidence, stress, childhood trauma, even fatigue-our ability to pursue our dreams, to accomplish our goals and feel life we have a purpose and passion in life is blocked. Similarly, our relationships can make us feel really damn good, or make us feel really damn bad. I built the practice with the purpose to help clients from childhood to adulthood feel better about themselves and more secure in their ability to relate to their family members, friends, and co-workers-with the ultimate outcome of realizing and reaching their highest potential, being passionate, living with meaning and more fulfilled in this thing called life. My specialties include:

Services:
Coaching for expecting Fathers; Coaching for Father’s of young children (0-5) and teenagers; Individual Life Coaching;
Coaching for Teens;
Relationship Coaching;
Breakthrough Parent Coaching;
Fitness and Nutritional Coaching.

Specialties
Boosting Dad Skills
Child-Parent Attachment
Dad’s with Parenting Concerns
Young Adults and Life Transitions
Healing from Trauma
Resolving Depression/Anxiety
Stress Management
Integrated Psychological and Physical Health and Fitness

What sets me apart from others is that I am a real person that can relate to real people. I have had repeated success with making people feel safe to talk about traumatic issues, their troubling thoughts and feelings. 

I am energetic, kind of funny, and very dedicated to the well being of my clients. I am down-to-earth and stray from using jargon that will not help my clients. I am an active and solution-oriented therapist, looking to problem solve in concrete terms to alleviate emotional and mental anguish. I don’t want my clients to stay with me for the remainder of their lives (unless that is what they really want). I rather identify for them the positive qualities and intrinsic resources they possess but perhaps have ignored or forgotten about and mobilize those attributes to face the challenges of life, relationships, trauma, and stress.

What sets me apart from other Coaches is that I have training and experience as a mental health professional. I make people felt understood, heard and if they need it-I give reality checks when clients need it.  I really like hearing the stories of people’s lives and how they came to be and how they have overcome adversities. I enjoy with gusto watching real changes occur in people’s emotional well-being and ability to enjoy the relationships with their children, partners, family members, and co-workers.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Yes! The first great teacher in training to be a mental health professional was Professor Kevin Fitzsimmons, who was an adjunct instructor during my second year of graduate school at UCLA. The demeanor and personality exemplified through his teaching and demonstration made professional therapists seem human, compassionate, inquisitive and welcoming. 

I had two wonderful supervisors during my time at UCLA. The first was the late Ms. Jacqueline Jones, who taught me how to be a social worker in the Department of Children and Family Services. The second year of graduate studies, I was supervised by Ms. Debbie Alexander of Family Service of Santa Monica who was just the person I needed to help me develop personally and professionally. She was kind, insightful and dedicated to her student’s growth and success!

A former classmate, Ms. Harmony Grillo who now runs her own worldwide non-profit is the real business!!! (You should check her out and her organization (Iamatreasure.com). She has positively impacted more lives than I will ever be able to!!

My mother has always been a rock for me and my sister, she has never waivered! Gotta love my mama!  My wife and 2 sons keep me feeling young and curious and they make me laugh everyday! Even when I am crazy stressed out or feel like putting my head through a wall, they remind me to be present and to play-enjoy what is truly important in life. I can’t say enough about how they continually shape me to be a better father and person. I experience pure joy looking at the world through their eyes!!!!

Pricing:

  • Sessions with individual adults, teens and children range from $100/session to $150/session. Sessions through TeleHealth start at $100. In-person office visits from $120-$150 and home visits vary depending on location and hours of session. Sliding scale options are also available depending on time availability.
  • Parenting education ranges from $25/session to $100/session, again depending on time and location. Some parents can have these fees covered through Los Angeles County Departments. 
  • Support group for expecting father’s and father’s of young children $10-$50 (depending on available space).

Contact Info:

  • Address: Office address: 211 Culver Blvd. Ste. P Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
    I also provide TeleHealth/Skype therapy and home visits (within 10-15 miles).
  • Website: MindMuscleHeartLifeCoaching.com or MindMuscleHeart.org
  • Phone: 657 345 4681
  • Email: Contact@C4PRD.com
  • Facebook: MindMuscle&Heart

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