Coping with Rejection

wpengineMarina Agafonov, Psychotherapy

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

3 Brilliant Tips To Deal With Job Loss

wpengineAnxiety, Marina Agafonov, Psychotherapy, Stress

Written byMarina Agafonov, MA Provisional Psychologist You’ve lost your job and now all of a sudden, you go into this worrying mode and you’re constantly worrying about how am I going to feed my family? How am I going to pay the rent?  Where am I going to find my next job, and all that worrying can be detrimental to … Read More

Should I be doing more as a mother? I am exhausted!

wpengineMarina Agafonov, Parenting, Psychotherapy

Written by Marina Agafonov, Registered Provisional Psychologist This morning I sat down to chat with Leslie Horton on GlobalNews Calgary about motherhood expectations. Moms place such high expectations on themselves that sometimes they find it hard to live up to their own standards! Remember that you are an expert at this, you know what is best for your child and … Read More

New Year’s Resolutions or rather INTENTIONS!

wpengineMarina Agafonov, Psychotherapy, Stress

Happy New Year!  Happy 2016! With the new year come new year’s resolutions which inevitably make us feel guilty for not seeing it through.  As we all know gym attendance rises, healthy eating continues for a week and then by the end of January all of our great resolutions fall by the wayside, and we are left feeling guilty for … Read More

Holiday stress and how to manage

wpengineMarina Agafonov, Psychotherapy, Stress

‘Tis the season to be merry! If only the holiday season was so simple! However for most of us the holiday season brings in additional stress, between the looming deadlines at work and the holiday family drama it all can become too much for a person to handle. Recently I attended a children’s book fundraiser where I came across a book from my favorite … Read More

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness

wpengineMarina Agafonov, Parenting, Psychotherapy

October 15 is marked as the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day in many countries.  I would like to take this moment to share my personal story of what this day means to me. My first job as a psychologist changed my career path forever.  In my final stages of receiving my masters degree, I was required to complete a … Read More

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

wpengineAnxiety, Depression, Marina Agafonov, Trauma

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

Chronic Pain During Pregnancy

wpengineChronic Pain, Marina Agafonov, Parenting

Pregnancy is wonderful! That is the saying you will hear time and time again, rarely will you hear someone say “I had pain during pregnancy”. However the truth of the matter is that pregnancy is difficult and can pose many new health challenges, such as gestational diabetes, chronic pain and various other issues. In 2013, a reality TV starlet, Kim Kardashian shared that … Read More