Why Grief Counselling?

Kayla PearenPsychotherapy

As someone who offers grief counselling, I often hear the following questions: – How do I know if I need to attend grief counselling? – What can I expect from my first session? – What’s the goal of grief counselling? – When’s the right time to attend grief counselling? This blog post will address these questions, and is offered to … Read More

Children’s Grief Awareness Day

Kayla PearenPsychotherapy

Children’s Grief Awareness Day has been recognized on November 17th since 2008, created by Highmark Caring Place, A Center for Grieving Children. This day is acknowledged in hopes of spreading the following messages about children and teens: – They DO grieve. The way in which they do this may look different from that of adults, but this does not mean … Read More

Seasonal Affective Disorder aka SAD

Kayla PearenPsychotherapy

“Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that occurs during the same season each year. It is sometimes called winter depression or seasonal depression.” (https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Health/Pages/conditions.aspx?hwid=hw169553) You don’t have to be diagnosed with SAD to experience seasonal effects on your wellbeing. And not everyone who experiences depressive symptoms in the Fall/Winter months meets the criteria for a formal … Read More

October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month 

Kayla PearenPsychotherapy

Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart. – A.A.Milne I have found myself needing to take a slow, deep breath as I move into writing this. There is a heavy weight to thinking about the pain and suffering that so many have sadly experienced from pregnancy and infancy loss. To anyone out there who has … Read More

When Grief attends Thanksgiving Dinner

Kayla PearenPsychotherapy

When it comes to grief, holidays and family gatherings can be a painful reminder of one’s loss, particularly during Thanksgiving when the focus is on the feeling of gratefulness – which can be easily overshadowed by grief. While experiencing grief is a normal part of being human, it can often feel that others do not understand our experience or our … Read More

Back to School Check-In

Kayla PearenPsychotherapy

Earlier this month we posted study tips and strategies for those headed back to class in high school and college/university – now it’s time to check-in! An important part of reaching our goals is tracking progress along the way. This can be easy to forget – especially when school assignments, plans with friends or family and other responsibilities are piling … Read More

Study Smarter, Not Harder

Brittney GiacchettaPsychotherapy

With school back into the swing of things, having good study skills will be paramount to the success of students!  Whether you are in high school or heading back to college, here are some study tips and strategies that are scientifically proven to help you succeed. Do not cram! Give yourself enough time to study. The brain needs time to … Read More

What to expect during a therapy consultation

Jennifer MitchellPsychotherapy

Many practices, including Serenity Now Wellness, offer free 15-minute consultations for potential clients. This is one way to experience if the therapist may be a good fit for you. However, potential clients may not always know what questions to ask or what to expect during a consult. What to expect, and items you may want to consider during consultation:   The … Read More

Children and Anxiety

Jennifer MitchellPsychotherapy

As kids head back school, some may be excited about going back to class others may be feeling a bit unsure. Perhaps some kids are heading back to in-person classes for the first time since COVID!  While mask mandates are lifted, some kids may want to continue to wear one and some may be worried about judgement from their peers … Read More

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Telehealth Sessions

Brittney GiacchettaPsychotherapy

There are many different reasons why clients may opt for a video or phone therapy session. For some, it may be a personal preference. For others, they may have a tight schedule, live far away or are confined to their homes. Regardless of the reason, studies show that virtual therapy can be just as effective as in-person therapy sessions… if … Read More