Therapy

Why Isn't Psychotherapy Covered By Health Care?

Chris Curry | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Living
Chris Curry

In terms of health care, we have it pretty good. If you are unfortunately diagnosed with cancer, most, if not all of your treatment will be paid for. If you break your leg, you can go to the ER and get a cast and leave without a bill. If you require surgery, the government will pay for that too. But what if your issue isn't physical? What if what's holding you back in life is a mental concern? Well, then you're kind of out of luck.

Teach Kids These Breathing Techniques To Control Big Emotions

Tania DaSilva | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Tania DaSilva

When you teach your child "calm breathing," you are using a technique that works to slow down his/her breathing, combating upset, stressed and anxious feelings. Teaching a child to use calm breathing to regulate their emotions is important because it shows them how to change their breathing to minimize the effects of their emotions.

Overhauling The Helping Profession: A Guide To Good Counselling

Alyson Jones | Posted 02.24.2016 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

It is my belief that good counselling can provide a much-needed service in our modern world, but therapy needs to grow and adapt with the times. We have a society filled with very busy, potentially stressed people who want concrete results and some who still fear being stigmatized by seeking therapy or having to go to the "head shrinker."

When Someone You Love Is Depressed

Lisa Brookman | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Brookman

Although we wish they would just "snap out of it" and stop feeling sorry for themselves, it's important to remember that depression is an illness, not sadness or self-pity... People don't enjoy being depressed. It's certainly not a choice. If they could just "snap out of it and get over it," then trust me, they would.

I Just Don't Know How To Be Happy

Camillo Zacchia, PhD | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Living
Camillo Zacchia, PhD

So what is depression? It isn't like a typical disease that can be measured with a lab test. For this reason I think the best way to see depression is as a symptom. It is a mood state characterized by sadness or loss of pleasure. The question is what is creating the symptom?

Sufism: How Creativity Can Reconnect Us With Nature

Aya Al-Hakim | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Living
Aya Al-Hakim

Humanity is seen to be independent from nature, even above it. This has been the Western vision of the world. In poisoning the earth, we were led on a self-destructive path. But I try to invoke here an alternative vision, expressed by Islamic (Sufi) arts, which finds that the way humanity relates and depends on nature can be renewed once the creative life is reclaimed.

How To Make Decisions Without Distress

Susan Valentine | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Living
Susan Valentine

When we feel stuck, our usual tactics -- giving ourselves more time, assessing pros and cons, soliciting our friends for advice -- don't really help, and in fact, can escalate our anxiety.

What It's Like to Be a Professional Cuddler

Carlen Costa | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

But, what if you don't have access to cuddling? What if you are one of many who seemingly function in life as touch-deprived individuals? What if you wanted to and could cuddle with someone right now? Well, here's what I've learned you can do about it.

These Two Meetings Will Save Your Marriage and Business

Geeta Nadkarni | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Business
Geeta Nadkarni

Like most couples, we have certain labels we've come to own over time. I, for example, am the visionary, the queen of creative chaos. I bring fire, optimism and 10 ideas a minute to each conversation. Meanwhile, Pat is producer, the king of structure. He is organized, dependable, a genius at follow through.

How Dementia Patients Benefit From Gardening

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

Even if your loved one has never been an avid gardener, introducing them to blooms now could be a good idea: this green hobby has been shown to benefit dementia and Alzheimer's patients. Long-term care facilities sometimes refer to it as horticultural therapy -- the connection that dementia patients develop to past and future through tending plants, indoors or out.

Kids Need You to Trust Them

Susan Valentine | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Susan Valentine

As parents and caregivers, how can we best help our children shape their sense of self? Trust. Through trusting them, demonstrating trustworthiness, and instilling a sense of trust. The more we trust our children, and are open to listening to their feelings and experiences, the more they learn to trust their own internal state.

Smiley The Blind Therapy Dog Brings Joy To Everyone He Meets

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 03.13.2015 | Canada Impact

He's "the happiest dog in the world."

Five Handmade Fashion Brands for Your Special Someone

Kristen Marano | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Style
Kristen Marano

I've always believed that Valentine's Day was a time to extend love to anyone or anything in your life that you appreciate. For me, fashion has always been the number one "thing" that I love. I want to give a little love to five of my favourite designers who sell fashion made by hand, so you can buy something for your special someone.

Stem Cell Pioneer's Major Multinational Discovery May Speed Research

University of Toronto News | Posted 02.15.2015 | Canada
University of Toronto News

There's a new class of stem cell that's exciting researchers around the world -- and it was discovered by an international team of almost 50 scientist...

A Doctor's Take on Alternative Medicine

University of Toronto News | Posted 12.29.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Dr. Mel Borins wants to you to be healthy and he wants you equipped with more than just your family doctor's orders. A family physician and associate professor of medicine at the University of Toronto, Borins is a leading expert in health and wellness who has advocated evidence-based, alternative medicine for decades.

Why We Need To Increase Insurance Coverage For Private Psychological Care

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Roger Covin, Ph.D

Increasing insurance benefits increases access to private care, which has become a necessity in Canada. Those wanting psychological treatments must either choose between public care (ex: psychologist in a hospital) or private care (ex: psychologist in private practice). Unfortunately, there tend to be unreasonable wait lists for access to public care (typically one year or longer).

Why I'm Willing to Pay More Taxes for Mental Health Services

Amanda Reaume | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Amanda Reaume

In Canada, I quickly realized, depression is one of the only life-threatening illnesses that you have to be rich to get proper treatment for. Since 1961, Canadians have taken care of our neighbours, our family, and our friends if they have illnesses like heart disease, or diabetes. But if they're suicidal or depressed? We've basically said tough luck -- deal with it yourself. This while more people are actually suffer from mental health issues each year then heart disease and diabetes combined.

I Think About Suicide Every Day, Even Though I'm Getting Help

JoinTheChase | Posted 10.14.2014 | Canada Living
JoinTheChase

I understand why people kill themselves. I think about it every day. That's not an exaggeration. It varies how much I think about it each day, but there hasn't been a day in the last six months that I haven't thought about it, and it's been this way since I was about 10. Very very occasionally I get a day where I'm struggling really bad, but I don't want to be dead. But it's not often.

When The Laughter Dies

Alyson Jones | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

So many laughs and images are conjured in my mind when I think of Robin Williams. Whether he was shouting "Good Morning Vietnam" or giving a whole new...

7 Things My Healthiest Patients Do

Dr. Meghan Walker | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Meghan Walker

Even the busiest of the multiple ball balancers find a way to move. Ride your bike to work, walk during your lunch hour or sit on a stability ball at your desk. Anything is better than nothing. You are designed to move. It will increase mental clarity, stimulate your immune system and make you a friendlier person.

A Quarter-Life Crisis Sent Me to Therapy

Katie Boland | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Living
Katie Boland

I sat in a therapist's office two weeks ago. "I think I'm having a nervous breakdown," I told her. Summer ended. My relationship fell apart. Then, it just disappeared. Then, I wondered if I'd made it all up. I felt like my friends didn't like me anymore. There's been a lot said about the quarter-life crisis. Is that why a lot of my friends and I needed help?

Saying "It's Your Depression Talking" Takes Away My Voice

Anne Theriault | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

Framing a depressed person's behaviour and speech as being influenced by their illness can seem helpful. I've certainly said things like, "that's not you talking, that's your depression." But telling someone, especially someone who is suffering from a mental illness and has spent years dealing with all the stigma that comes with it, that it's not really them talking can be downright dangerous.

Wish Your Man Understood You Better? Team Therapy May Help

Susan Valentine | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Living
Susan Valentine

We put our team therapy approach into action -- three of us working with one client at the same time. Over time we've come to understand why men seem to prefer this team approach to therapy. Not only can we help navigate rough emotional terrain, and get to the root cause, but we can help translate and teach them the emotional language of their spouse.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy is Not Cheating

Dr Mike Hart | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada
Dr Mike Hart

Testosterone replacement therapy has been demonized by many as cheating and unnatural. Some experts claim that testosterone replacement therapy can have detrimental health effects and that testosterone should be avoided under any circumstance. Replacing a hormone that is produced naturally in the body can significantly improve overall quality of life and should not be overshadowed by guilt.

The Secret to Why Couples Fight -- And It's Not What You Think

Susan Valentine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Susan Valentine

With our couple, Robyn feels insecure about their connectedness. She wants to feel close. So when he comes home late, she turns that into, "I'm not important. He doesn't care." She feels hurt or abandoned, and that's why she gets upset. On the other hand, Blair needs validation. His sense of identity and confidence are important.