It’s okay to say “I’m not okay, I’m hurting” and the path to happiness.

Marina AgafonovAnxiety, Depression, Marina Agafonov, TraumaLeave a Comment

All too often I see on my Facebook feed, social media in general – false positivity, proclaiming that something is awesome as a way of hiding that in private you are hurting. I’m not saying we shouldn’t share our positive thoughts, but we should not falsify our feelings. It is crucial to your emotional health to recognize your feelings and … Read More

Pockets of Presence

Jennifer MitchellAnxiety, Jennifer MitchellLeave a Comment

I find it hard to be present and just breathe in life. I am sure this is a common experience amongst busy working people, balancing commitments, family, friends, fun, children and work. My colleague recently wrote about being present (click here for that blog) and I felt moved to share how I stay present in life. Like many of you, … Read More

Are you being present?

Tessa Burns MartinAddiction, Anxiety, Couples Counselling, Parenting, Tessa Burns, TraumaLeave a Comment

It doesn’t matter how many new techniques I learn when working with clients because the most important tool always stays the same. Being present! It is the most healing element to any counselling session. And, the reason it is so powerful is because it does not happen very often in our normal, everyday lives. When speaking with your spouse, you … Read More

How to treat depression and anxiety naturally

Tessa Burns MartinAnxiety, DepressionLeave a Comment

If you suffer from anxiety or depression, have you ever wondered about its cause? As a naturopathic doctor with an honours degree in neuroscience, I approach the treatment of anxiety and depression from a unique angle. In addition to focusing on psychological factors, I work with my patients to identify and correct any underlying physical causes. Often these are nutritional, … 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

A brief introduction to Hakomi: What is it? What to expect.

Jennifer MitchellAnxiety, Jennifer MitchellLeave a Comment

My personal experience. My first exposure to Hakomi was a 30 minute segment that apprehended remarkable insights into myself.  In the course of the two year training I made deep shifts in the way I thought about myself and most significantly my relationship with anxiety. As one of our wise teachers said; “you can’t change the cards you are dealt, … Read More