Thoughts on Family for the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

By Dr. Amanda Stoner It seriously is for me, the most wonderful time of the year. I love Christmas! And this year, I am feeling especially grateful for the gift of family. I am so excited to travel to Ontario where my family lives, where we will celebrate Christmas together. However, I realize that this […]

Just need a break? Or is it burnout?

By: Kristin Matthews This is often a very busy time of year for many people. Juggling work, school, the demands of home, and prepping for the holidays, this time of year can feel stressful and exhausting.  More, and more, I am hearing from my clients how exhausted and stressed out many people are feeling right […]

Breaking the Stigma: Embrace the Unknown with Ignacio Serricchio

Even when you have the means to have it all (money, fame, and time to do the things you love), at the end of the day, you are still human.  Hollywood actor, Ignacio Serricchio, shared his human story with us. We talked about embracing the unknown, educating ourselves on mental health as a fundamental step […]

Occupational Therapy: A Holistic View on the Job of Life

Still wondering what occupational therapy means? No, it is not about helping you find a job…. But it can help you do your job… better. Listen in as we chat with Louise, Occupational Therapist (OT) at Simply Counselling Services.  She shares her views on the importance of having a holistic view of health and how, […]

Gratitude in a Pandemic

Thank you for joining us for this week’s blog. The last blog we did focused on hope, and now we want to focus on something else very timely right now: gratitude. We find ourselves in the middle of a world-wide pandemic fearing for our own or our loved one’s safety. How perfect that we now discover, […]

The Holidays: Time and Health

Thank you for joining us for this week’s blog! Last week we discussed some of the lighter contributors to holiday stress: weather changes, that never-ending “to-do” list, and financial limitations. This week, we focus on some other lighter factors that present as challenges when we’re rolling into the holidays. Some of these include feeling that […]

The Holidays: Family Dynamics

Thank you for joining me for this week’s blog! In our last blog, we looked at how expectations of others can lead to feelings of stress, and we also gave you a few quick tips on how to address those expectations. Something that comes hand-in-hand with expectations of others is family dynamics. That’s our focus for this week. […]

One cause of stress: The holidays!

Thank you for joining me for this week’s blog! We started to discuss understanding what causes stress in the last blog – and we mentioned that one cause is often the holidays. That’s our focus for the blog this week. Why are the holidays stressful?  Anticipation Expectations of ourselves Expectations of others Family dynamics Financial […]

What does stress feel like?

Thank you for joining me for this week’s blog! This week I’m starting a series of blogs on stress because we all experience it at one point or another in our lives. I wanted to begin with a focus on what stress feels like, as it can be experienced differently. We are also introducing a […]

Why I Believe Counselling Works

Thank you for joining me for this week’s blog! I often get asked why I believe in what I do and how I do it. That’s the focus for this blog – I am going to share why I think counselling really does work and why that belief actually starts with who you are as a client.  […]