Winter Survival 101

As I write this, I am looking out the window at a dreary fall day with the forecast of snow in the immediate future. Winter can be tough, whether you have a mental health issue or not. The winter blues are real and can be big downer. Over the past couple of weeks, several clients…

Managing Physical Pain for Mental Well-Being

There are many people out there who are living with various physical illnesses or chronic physical pain which can really take a toll on your mental well-being. Daily tasks that didn’t require any thought before the illness or injury might no longer be doable or may require a great amount of effort. It can be…

When Was the Last Time You Played?

Play is a part of childhood. Play helps us to learn, think, explore our environment, and express creativity. Play takes all shapes and forms from creative outlets like drawing and crafts to make believe games. At the workshop put on by Dr. Gordon Neufeld, “Making Sense of Anxiety,” he shared concerns that play is slipping…

The Power of ‘No’

I’ve had some really great client conversations this past week and nothing is more rewarding from a work standpoint that seeing a client take to heart what they are learning in therapy, apply it, and benefit from it. It seems this past week that boundaries, more specifically saying no, has been a theme in several…

Coping with Final Exams

University students are jumping for joy as classes have come to an end for the winter term. The joy is short lived as the reality of final exams sets in. Whether you are a university student, high school student, any other type of student or living with a student, here are a few ideas to…

The Mind/Body Connection

Stresses going on in our mind often come out in our body. More and more health care professionals are recognizing how connected our body and mind really are. In many cases in order to address any illness, whether it is mental or physical, the whole person needs to be assessed and treated. When it comes…