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 year to come.  And so, here is my Year in Review: the Good, the Not-So-Good and the Hopeful.

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#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 will explore, process, and work through some of the common worries that occur during this time.

If you know of anyone in the Georgetown area that may benefit from this program, or for more information, contact me.  Depending on the number of referrals, there also may be a possibility to extend to another day at the end of August.

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Exciting News and Services!

I am very excited to announce that I am now able to provide direct billing for clients who are covered for Registered Social Workers with GreenShield Canada and SSQ Financial Group!  For more information, please feel free to contact me.

 

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Supervision Services & Consultation

I am also excited to begin providing supervision services and consultation for Registered Social Workers.  Services will be available via telephone, video consult, or in person in Orangeville or Georgetown.

Contact me for more information!

Open House – November 8th!!

I am extremely grateful and excited to have found an amazing team at Beechwood Chiropractic Wellness Centre in Norval, Ontario.  On Wednesday, November 8th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., there will be an Open House event, where a variety of services will be represented (see attached flyer).  Please join us for raffles, shopping, door prizes and an opportunity to connect with some great people in your area!!

Can’t wait to meet you!!

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Online Counselling Now Available!

I am very excited to announce a new service that I will be offering to current and new clients!  I have recently been approved to be an online therapist through Inkblot Therapy.  This is a very exciting opportunity for me to provide support to individuals in a more convenient manner.

Inkblot Therapy allows therapists and their clients to experience an online counselling session in a secure and confidential manner.  The user-friendly process is simple:

  1. Create a confidential user profile on the Inkblot Therapy website and use my personal ID Code to access my calendar.
  2. Purchase a specific amount of sessions and book them online.
  3. Log in to your account at the scheduled time of the booking for your 1 hour session with me.  All sessions are confidential and adhere to PHIPPA standards.
  4. Receive your receipt following the completion of the session that you can use for insurance claims.

Online counselling via video conferencing can be beneficial in so many ways.  It can address barriers such as geographical or time constraints.  It can also be used as a method of receiving support in between face-to-face sessions or as a “trial” to evaluate if counselling is a helpful tool for you.

For more information about online counselling with me through Inkblot Therapy, please contact me through email, phone call or text.

Find more information about online counselling using the following links below:

Online counselling: Pros and cons – http://au.professionals.reachout.com/online-counselling-pros-and-cons

Advantages and Disadvantages of Online Counselling – https://www.verywell.com/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-online-therapy-2795225

Common Myths of Online Counselling Debunked – https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/panic-life/201707/common-myths-about-online-counseling-debunked

Our Latest Newsletter is Ready!

Embracing the Powerful Mind is a newsletter that is developed by myself and a very talented colleague, Uresha Salgado.  The purpose of it is to share our knowledge on various issues and keep you updated on upcoming events, programs and services.

We are happy to share our latest edition, Volume 1, Issue 2, which focuses on upcoming groups that we are planning and developing for the new year.  We are very excited to be able to work with groups of parents, youth and families to help strengthen their knowledge and relationships.

For more information about Group Services, please click here.

To read our past newsletter, please click here.

To register for one of our groups, or to request to receive our newsletters regularly, please refer to my Contact page.

Happy Reading! 🙂

The Benefits and Dangers of New Year’s Resolution

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Happy New Year!  This is both an exciting and pressure-filled time of the year as some of us start to reflect on our past year and set goals for the upcoming one.  New Year’s Resolutions can be a significant part of this day for most people.  They can motivate us to address parts of our lives that we believe are in need of improvement.  However, New Year’s Resolutions are simply long-term goals, and with long-term goals can come feelings of pressure, guilt, and anxiety.  When we set long-term goals that are unrealistic or require a long period of time to measure, we can start to feel disappointed in ourselves, impatient, and resentful.

Typically, I will recommend that my clients make SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely).  SMART goals can allow us to observe change and strive for outcomes that are gradual.  They encourage us to see our long-term goal as a result of multiple, smaller goals that were achieved along the way.  And with each smaller goal that is achieved, we become more confident and motivated to keep on going.  The issue I have with New Year’s Resolutions is that they often focus on outcomes that are measurable after one year…a whole year…365 days.  That’s a long time to wait to measure our accomplishments.

In making New Year’s Resolutions that may not lead to feelings of anxiety and disappointment, it may be more helpful to set anchors or deadlines throughout the year in order to set smaller goals and to allow for evaluating our progress in shorter increments.  These timeframes can be monthly, quarterly, or based on significant times of the year (ex. birthdays, vacations, holidays).  With each deadline, you may find it helpful to set smaller goals to evaluate that move you closer and closer to your ultimate goal at the end of the year.  Regular review of your resolution can help address and prevent feelings of anxiety and guilt because you can modify the process at any time rather than letting things go for a prolonged period of time, recognizing that you are not moving forward “fast” enough, and giving up.  The idea of 30 day challenges are great ways to begin this process.  Setting several 30 day challenges for ourselves throughout the year can make a year long goal less daunting.  Doing a simple search on sites such as Pinterest can give you amazing ideas on how to start with these challenges.  30 day challenges also remind us that we don’t have to wait until the beginning or end of the year to bring positive changes in our lives.  We can start making these changes at any time.

In achieving any goal, I advise my clients that if you were to view your life as a road map, with your long-term goal as your ultimate destination, there are always more than one path to get you there.  It is often not the most direct and straight path either.  It is usually the long, windy road, with detours and cliffs and hurdles to jump over that will lead us to our destination.  However, when we follow this complicated and sometimes frustrating path, we appreciate our destination more when we finally arrive.  We learn about ourselves through our journey and value the hard work and determination that we had to endure in order to get to where we want to be.

I am by no means anti-New Year’s Resolution.  I believe that they can be motivating and encouraging.  They get us excited about our future.  I do, however, understand the dangers of setting unrealistic and untimely goals and the effects of these dangers on our mood and our thoughts.  Good luck to all who have already set your resolutions.  Believe in yourselves and if you find your path drifting in the wrong direction, find your way back but always remember to enjoy the journey to get there.

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
Jimmy Dean