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Erica Berman

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Erica is a mom of two young girls and lives in Toronto with her children and husband. Erica has a Masters in Counselling Psychology and a PhD in Exercise Sciences. She has worked as a fitness instructor and personal trainer for 20 years, and is a counsellor and therapist who assists clients with infertility, weight-loss, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and relationship issues. Erica welcomes new clients. Her professional website is www.ericaberman.ca and her personal blog is http://talesofa30somethingnothing2010.blogspot.ca/

Erica is also the founder of Konjac for Life, a company that sells konjac powder, the most powerful soluble fibre available, that has incredible health benefits. Konjac powder can be purchased on her website www.konjacforlife.com where Erica also shares recipes for how to use konjac powder to create delicious, healthy meals.
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The Real Reason Women Are Having Children Later

Instead of accusing women of prioritizing career over family, perhaps we should acknowledge that it is simply more challenging nowadays for many women to find a life partner during their fertile years. For that reason alone, I applaud companies for providing women with the opportunity to expand their control over their fertility.
07/14/2015 05:19 EDT
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How Infertility Can Kill Your Sex Drive

What could be more romantic? You and your partner decide you are ready to start a family. You throw away the birth control, have a quiet evening together and excitedly ravish each other before falling peacefully asleep dreaming of strollers, onesies and playdates.
06/09/2015 05:53 EDT
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The Kind of Fertility We're Not Talking About

Next time you meet someone who is dealing with any kind of infertility, please remember this and be kind. Also, think twice before making any assumptions about a person based on how many children they have, whether its none or 10. Not everyone has the luxury of choosing what they end up with.
10/29/2014 01:19 EDT
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Exercise Is Like Music -- There's Something For Everyone

As a therapist and certified personal trainer, I often have clients tell me that they don't like exercise. This makes no sense to me. It's like saying you don't like music. There is such a wide range of music, it's impossible not to find something that suits your tastes. These days, the same is true of exercise. Moreover, our bodies are designed to move and exercise is essential for health, so it's also like saying you don't like breathing.
08/26/2014 12:48 EDT
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If You're Going Through Infertility, You're Not Alone

Despite the fact that one in six couples in North America has difficulty conceiving, infertility is still something with a lot of stigma attached to it. Few people openly discuss their fertility struggles, and many people experience shame. As an infertility counsellor, I see many women whose identity, body image, and self-esteem erode as they struggle to conceive while, seemingly, everyone else gets pregnant with ease around them.
06/06/2014 08:57 EDT
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Why Women Still Suffer From the Ally McBeal Effect

We are not just expected to put in the same amount of work in the office, and still more at home, we also have to find the time to go to the gym, pull on skin-tight shape wear, prepare gluten-free, carb-free, Paleo, blah, blah, meals, get Botox, gel manicures, and buy expensive serums, lotions, and potions proven to even out our complexion, hide fine lines, and reduce sagging.
03/25/2014 05:41 EDT
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Ovarian Cancer Doesn't Have To Be a Death Sentence

After a bout of severe vomiting following a few bites of food, she went to the ER and refused to leave until she got answers. She knew in her heart something was seriously wrong. After a series of tests, a gynaecologist arrived to break the news. It was indeed ovarian cancer. In fact, a tumour the size of a grapefruit was removed from her body.
02/27/2014 05:36 EST
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When Infertility Affects Your Marriage

Are you and your partner having difficulty conceiving? Do you feel like she isn't the same woman you married? Does she seem obsessed? Emotionally fragile? Always sad? Angry? As an infertility counsellor, one of the things I find myself doing most often with heterosexual couples is reassuring both husbands and their wives that her extreme reaction to infertility is norm.
11/10/2013 11:00 EST
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Why Parents Shouldn't Sweat the Small Stuff

Hey, parents: Don't sweat the small stuff. Even if you work full-time, bottle feed, don't buy organic food, and never threw your kids gigantic birthday bashes with elephant rides, as long as you are physically and emotionally present for your children -- and provide a safe, stable environment for them -- they'll be just fine.
08/21/2013 09:17 EDT
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The Lives We Present Online Aren't Always What They Seem

Those friends of yours who appear to have the perfect marriage may post gorgeous photos of their weekend in Montreal, but they are not going to post updates about their massive debts or the fight they had last night about how to manage them. That colleague who just posted the ultrasound photo of her first child may not have tweeted about the three miscarriages she had prior to its conception.
06/25/2013 12:25 EDT
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Why Taking an Antidepressant Is Right for Me

Hello, my name is Erica Berman and I take an antidepressant. Do you think I'm crazy to admit it? Or just plain crazy? Well think what you want. I have been taking a low dose of a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) for almost four years, not for depression, but for anxiety. Yes, in case you were unaware, some antidepressants are very helpful for controlling anxiety.
05/13/2013 05:19 EDT
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Why Do We Spend More on Lattes Than Our Mental Health?

I've always found it puzzling what people chose to spend their money on at the expense of other things. Now that I work in the mental health field, it mystifies me even more. Weekly manicures, $4 lattes, cab rides, cocktails, botox, restaurant meals: No problem. Counselling? No way.
02/12/2013 12:27 EST

Want to Have Kids One Day? Get to Know Your Fertility Health

You're 28; You're single; You're having fun. Should you have your fertility checked? If you hope to one day have children, the answer is: yes. Understanding the risks of delaying child bearing is important, as is knowing the details of your own particular fertility health. Here are a few tips.
01/28/2013 05:10 EST
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The Gym Helping Kids With Disabilities

So what if there was a place for kids like me, that was just for kids, with classes geared specifically to the needs and abilities of children based on their age and level of physical and cognitive development. Wouldn't that be amazing? Fortunately, thanks to one couple in Toronto, there is!
12/10/2012 03:06 EST
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After Miscarrying I Never Got the Pregnant Glow Back

There is a fantasy surrounding pregnancy portraying it as a blissful state when women glow with health and the miracle of life. Yet, when a woman has experienced miscarriage and/or infertility, a pregnancy can be filled with fear and anxiety. We are not women who will ever experience that radiance that is supposed to accompany pregnancy.
11/21/2012 05:39 EST