Starting Another Week Mindfully and Gratefully…

(Also posted on Instagram and Facebook pages) Welcoming another week! I’ve used my Yoga Bear to help today! He can do pretty much any pose, which helps me when I have to show a pose that I can’t physically do myself. This week, we used the bear to show the steps needed to get intoContinue reading “Starting Another Week Mindfully and Gratefully…”

Start your child’s school day mindfully: An interactive and easy activity to set up at home

With all the uncertainty in the world, our children require as much structure and predictability as possible. They also need positivity and peace. I’ve made the difficult decision to keep my son’s home for at least the first part of the school year and I understand that this can be stressful for them – theyContinue reading “Start your child’s school day mindfully: An interactive and easy activity to set up at home”

To Send or Not to Send Your Kids to School During this Pandemic…

One of the common themes of my sessions these days seem to be the difficult decision ahead of many parents of young children and youth: Should I send my child(ren) back to school or keep him/her/them home in the Fall? For some, it is not really a difficult decision at all – we have workContinue reading “To Send or Not to Send Your Kids to School During this Pandemic…”

Online Counselling Sessions: How Technology has Made Support (Somewhat) Accessible to Clients During the Covid-19 Pandemic

This global pandemic has forced many of us to be creative and flexible with the way in which we complete our work. With most of us being asked to work from home, we are experiencing the challenges and conveniences of technology on a full-time basis – teleconferences, online training sessions, and, in my case, telemedicineContinue reading “Online Counselling Sessions: How Technology has Made Support (Somewhat) Accessible to Clients During the Covid-19 Pandemic”

Today, Be Kind to Yourself.

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. Buddha It is so easy to be hard on ourselves for not coping the way we think we “should” cope with these changes. In many of my sessions this week, the message that I have been consistently delivering is this:Continue reading “Today, Be Kind to Yourself.”

Exercising Technological Self-Care: The importance of setting online boundaries

Having two young boys of my own, I have acknowledged that we now live in a technologically-dependent society: everywhere we go, we can access information and create social networks through our electronic devices – cellphones, tablets, laptops, computers, etc. The idea of being in an area with no WIFI can be devastating to some andContinue reading “Exercising Technological Self-Care: The importance of setting online boundaries”

Bell Let’s Talk Day is Tomorrow!

January 30, 2019 is Bell Let’s Talk Day!! If you don’t know what this initiative is, make sure to visit their website at: https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/bell-lets-talk-day.  As a therapist and counsellor, I hear it often: “I don’t know if I need counselling. I’m not crazy”. Language is a powerful thing. And the first thing I try to do is NORMALIZE.Continue reading “Bell Let’s Talk Day is Tomorrow!”

My 3 Principles of Stress Reduction: Putting my words into Practice

Organization isn’t about perfection. It is about efficiency, reducing stress & clutter, and saving time & money, & improving your overall quality of life. Christina Scalise There are many constants that I like to emphasize during my counselling sessions. Some are based on theory, some on personal or professional experience. Regardless of the presenting issue,Continue reading “My 3 Principles of Stress Reduction: Putting my words into Practice”

And Just Like That, We Say Goodbye to 2018!

Another year has come and gone, most likely with some highs and lows. It can be very easy for us to “filter” and direct our focus on our most difficult times, but recalling the steps forward, regardless of whether they are significant strides or tiny steps, is always helpful in maintaining hope for the yearContinue reading “And Just Like That, We Say Goodbye to 2018!”

#gettingreadyforchange: A one-day workshop coming to Georgetown!

My colleague, Uresha Salgado, and I are VERY excited to host our first workshop in the Georgetown area! On Tuesday, August 14th, we will be having a one-day workshop for students transitioning from grade 8 to high school and are feeling worried or nervous about this change.  It will be a supportive group that willContinue reading “#gettingreadyforchange: A one-day workshop coming to Georgetown!”