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 Therapy2 Comments

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

The Courage to Change Your Destination

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As the first quarter of 2017 has come and gone and we are well into a new year, I reflect on the idea of new beginnings. Unlike New Year’s resolutions that vow change and demand evident action (you didn’t do it unless someone sees it), new beginnings involve taking a moment to take your plane’s gear off auto-pilot and reflect … Read More

Spring Clean Your Life!

Marina AgafonovPsychotherapyLeave a Comment

It’s quite common for us to clean out our house every spring, we are so excited to renew our energy as we are rejuvenated by spring weather. Just this past weekend, I cleaned out my closet and as I was throwing out clothing that no longer served me or served any purpose, I thought “hmmm, how often do we think … Read More

Reflections

Tessa Burns MartinPsychotherapy1 Comment

Normally I put work away on weekends but I am having one of those rare moments where the kids are in bed early and I have time to reflect. This is the first time in weeks that I have felt stillness because of all the preparations for the new space. And as I reflect, I felt it was necessary to … Read More

Hello Spring!

Mandy HolowachuckMandy Holowachuk, StressLeave a Comment

As warm days become more common and perennials start poking through the soil, it’s clear that spring is here. Although Calgary woke up to snow today there has been an increase in sunshine and the sun is warmer. The birds have begun to chirp and the city has begun to clean to roads. A sign that the season is changing! … Read More

Coping with Holiday Stress – the SINGLES edition!

Marina AgafonovPsychotherapyLeave a Comment

By Marina Agafonov Registered Provisional Psychologist It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Or so the song goes anyways, but you have been invited to numerous parties, and you have no one to take with you as your date to that ugly Christmas sweater party. Not to fret! Let me tell you about the awesome parts of being single … Read More

Coping with Rejection

Marina AgafonovMarina Agafonov, PsychotherapyLeave a Comment

By Marina Agafonov, registered provisional psychologist Ah, fall, a cozy night in with your sweetheart would be lovely. BUT, here’s the thing – you are single and maybe, yet again experienced a rejection. So let me share a personal story and a sure-fire way to help you cope and nurse yourself back to emotional health. Oftentimes, people think that because … Read More