Autism and Physical Activity

Jennifer MitchellJennifer Mitchell, ParentingLeave a Comment

The importance of physical activity on mental and physical health for people is well established across numerous disciplines (psychology, physical education, kinesiology, medicine etc). Physical activity for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is important but may present some challenges. Children with ASD may have poor muscle tone, coordination, and have difficulties with motor planning. In addition, some children … Read More

Transforming Anger

Tessa Burns MartinRelationship, StressLeave a Comment

Written by Sharon Stopforth, Registered Social Worker How do you dance with anger?  You may not know what to do or where to go with it.  Anger can often feel overwhelming and rear its ugly head at inappropriate times, with a tremendous force that doesn’t match the situation and ends up getting stifled or repressed.  If anger is repressed for … Read More

Counselling: What can you expect?

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Written by Aleeza Mohamed, Registered Psychologist When you first make the decision to see a counsellor, it is normal to experience a whole host of emotions. Fear, anxiety, excitement, and doubt are just a few of the many feelings that can arise. You may also have a number of questions going through your mind such as: What kinds of questions … Read More

The Importance of Assessment

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Written by Cheryle Sherwood, Registered Psychologist Many clients come to me stating “I think I have ADHD. I did this test on the internet, and…well…that’s me!” This always makes me smile. Self discovery often does that to me J Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I want everyone to have ADHD, believe me, I don’t. Our insurance rates would … Read More

Why include the body in counselling?

Tessa Burns MartinTraumaLeave a Comment

Written by Sharon Stopforth, Registered Social Worker Traditionally, counselling has focused on the mind and employs talk therapy to resolve issues.  Other forms of counselling have also been developed to include the spirit such as Jungian and transpersonal therapy.  Recently, it is becoming more accepted to work with the body in counselling as research in trauma has shown excellent results … Read More

ADHD and Women

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Written by Cheryle Sherwood, Registered Psychologist A burgeoning area of interest for me has become Adult ADHD and women. My female patients are reporting a change in their symptoms around the time of both menopause and peri-menopause. Further to this, my daughter (who also has ADHD) reports a change in her symptoms of ADHD around the time of her menses.  … Read More

How Trauma and the Body are Connected

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Written by Sharon Stopforth, Registered Social Worker at Serenity Now Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychophysical experience which disrupts the functioning of individuals afflicted by it.  A traumatic event continues to intrude with visual, auditory or body symptoms such as accelerated heart rate, cold sweats, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, and jumpiness.  Victims relive the life-threatening experience, reacting in … Read More

ADHD and Relationships

Tessa Burns MartinAdult ADHD, Couples CounsellingLeave a Comment

Written by Cheryle Sherwood, Registered Psychologist at Serenity Now The more patients I see with Adult ADHD, the more I realize just how pervasive ADHD can be in an individual’s life. The triad of symptoms of inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsivity sound fairly benign when seen on paper, however, seeing how much these impact adult level of functioning is profound. One … Read More