Learning to Carry Grief

Jennifer MitchellPsychotherapyLeave a Comment

It’s no secret that holidays or special occasions can be a difficult time! Busy schedules, stress, family, commitments, the list goes on! Often special occasions are difficult for other reasons, including grief. This Thanksgiving is my third without my dad, who passed away from aggressive brain cancer. Nothing prepares a person for how a few words – “terminal brain cancer” … Read More

On Learning To Refill My Cup

Jennifer MitchellStressLeave a Comment

September marks 5 years since I started my PhD and set in motion a new beginning in Calgary. The past 5 years have been filled with exciting changes, new friends and I continue to love being able to see the mountains on any given day!  There have also been challenges. In the last three years, it seemed there was one … Read More

Post-Concussion Considerations

Serenity Now WellnessPsychotherapy1 Comment

Back-to-school time marks the return to busy evenings, suppers on the run, and races to the next after-school activity. With the growing awareness of the impact of concussions, it is not surprising that back-to-sport time can be worrying for some parents, particularly if your child enjoys active sports. Concussion in sport is a hot-button issue in the media. From Will … Read More

What is Courage Anyways?

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Doesn’t it depend on each of our situations, perspective of a sense of bravery and the notion to step up ‘n grab the bull by its horns! I dunno. Why does it often take life to shove you off that edge, to make your life a little better, more fruitful and have pleasant days, every day? Well, I believe and … Read More

Movement is Medicine

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I have pondered the question “What does movement mean to me?” many times in my life and my answer to that has changed a lot.  I often thought that moving meant I had to be pushed to my maximum.  I was sweaty and hot in a group class with someone else giving me intense directions.  Then I shifted to the … Read More

How Massage and Yoga Therapy Benefit Mental Health

Stefani Wilton HoytMassage Therapy, Psychotherapy, Yoga Therapy1 Comment

When you experience an emotion, negative or otherwise, what you experience is far more than just the emotion itself. There are neurological, chemical and physiological responses that can intensify the experience. In the case of anxiety, your breath might become shallow with a tangible tension that you experience in your abdomen or chest. When it comes to mental health, yoga … Read More

Coping With Stress

Jasmin Dhillon, PHDPsychotherapy, StressLeave a Comment

Life can be stressful.  The source of stress can be varied – both positive events (e.g., planning a wedding) and negative events (e.g., loss of a family member) can be stressful. We may often wish we could get rid of the stress in our lives entirely, however this is not realistic. It is more realistic to develop skills to manage … Read More