Meet Evelyn (Evi)

Kate EmeryAnxiety, Psychotherapy, StressLeave a Comment

This is Evelyn (or Evi as we affectionately call her), and for the past seven years she has allowed me to be part of her life. One of the greatest things we can learn from Evi is how she copes with anxiety. She has many anxieties, but the behaviors she exhibits are all similar – she hides, barks, shakes, or … Read More

Confronting Stigma

Kate EmeryAnxiety, Depression, Psychotherapy, StressLeave a Comment

  A few years ago, I experienced severe depression that impacted my perspective on how I view mental illness. After struggling for a long period of time with both personal and work-related stresses, I utilized my company’s short-term leave program on my doctor’s recommendation. During the first half of my leave, I couldn’t leave my home during work hours. I … Read More

Real Men Don’t Cry (or do they)?

Serenity Now WellnessStressLeave a Comment

Is it true? ‘Real men’ don’t cry? How sad – maybe they should. There is often a negative stigma surrounding men crying. Some men are afraid to cry and be classified as being ‘weak’, ‘unmanly’, or a ‘wuss’. Maybe it’s because some people feel uncomfortable being around a crying man? I remember one lady telling me, “Ugh – I don’t … Read More

On Learning To Refill My Cup

Jennifer MitchellStress1 Comment

September marks 5 years since I started my PhD and set in motion a new beginning in Calgary. The past 5 years have been filled with exciting changes, new friends and I continue to love being able to see the mountains on any given day!  There have also been challenges. In the last three years, it seemed there was one … 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

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

Holiday stress and how to manage

Marina AgafonovMarina Agafonov, Psychotherapy, StressLeave a Comment

‘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