Counselling: What can you expect?

Tessa Burns MartinPsychotherapyLeave a Comment

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

Tessa Burns MartinAdult ADHDLeave a Comment

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

Finding Meaning in Your Story

Jennifer MitchellAddiction, Anxiety, Jennifer Mitchell, TraumaLeave a Comment

  “ He who has a why to live for- can bear with almost any how.”      —  Nietzsche  Psychology and therapy have historically been rooted in a medical model which is saturated with a “problem” focused lens. This means looking at “what’s wrong with the person” and what is the “best” way to “fix” them. Pathologizing people is rarely … 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

Christmas for Kids!

Mandy HolowachuckMandy Holowachuk, ParentingLeave a Comment

The Holiday season is here! The stores are full of Christmas carols, decorations, sales and crowds. Many of us are stressed about getting our shopping done, staying on budget and generally fitting everything in; but what about our kids. Often as adults we think we are the only ones who are stressed about the holidays.  We see our kids excited … Read More