Therapy

A Quarter-Life Crisis Sent Me to Therapy

Katie Boland | Posted 04.16.2014 | 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.

12 Ways to Reignite the Passion in Your Relationship

Susan Valentine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Susan Valentine

This may be one of the greatest conundrums a couple can face. How to have a stable and secure relationship, and keep the passion alive? How to become a family (with or without children) and yet remain lovers? We have gathered research, clues, and client feedback for some practical ways to stay hot and heavy.

Worried You Married the Wrong Person? Ask Yourself This Question

Susan Valentine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Susan Valentine

Yep, you can marry the wrong person. There are countless ways and reasons to restore your marriage, but sometimes the problem goes beyond trust, or communication, or intimacy. Usually in these cases, the question being asked is not, "How do I fix my relationship?" Instead it's, "Should I stay or should I leave?"

5 Mental Health Tips for Students

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

University is stressful and students can develop mental health disorders at this time. In fact, the majority of these disorders tend to develop around this age group. Getting help early on for mental health problems is always a good idea. For example, it is ideal to prevent problematic shyness from becoming Social Anxiety Disorder and normal sadness from becoming clinical depression.

How I Dealt With Comments As a Young Widow

Elizabeth Berrien | Posted 10.18.2013 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Berrien

There were many times, especially in the beginning of my grief, when I turned to someone with a look that said, "What did you just say to me?" It took me a long time to not take comments too personally. I had to develop a thicker skin as time went by or I would've constantly been flying off the handle.

One Man's Poo Is Another Man's Prescription

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.17.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgFecal therapy is here to stay. With the number of options to treat acute and chronic gastrointestinal disorders shrinking, a means to not only treat but also cure cannot be disregarded. People may never get used to the smell of fecal microbiota therapy, but I know they'll definitely get used to the benefits. Let's rePOOPulate.

Four Months After Rehtaeh's Death, I'm Only Treading Water

Glen Canning | Posted 10.07.2013 | Canada Living
Glen Canning

Today marks four months since my daughter Rehtaeh ended her life. It's said that losing a child is the hardest thing a person can experience and if there is something worse I can't imagine what it could possibly be. The last four months have been hell peppered with smiles as I think back on memories. I cherish those when they come, even if they last for only a moment. This is the hardest thing I have ever faced. This is an ocean of grief. I'm treading water in a tidal wave of pain, disbelief, anger, sadness, waves and waves of heartache.

Teaching Children About the "Ability" in Disability

Lindsey Athias | Posted 08.07.2013 | Canada Impact
Lindsey Athias

In order to embrace the ways in which others are different we have to realize the ways in which we are also the same. When it comes to teaching our children about kids with disabilities, the notions of "connectedness" and "sameness" are essential and something we must foster as a society.

How I Overcame My Fear of Needles

Lisa Jackson | Posted 03.26.2013 | Canada Living
Lisa Jackson

When I was nine, I had a bad experience while in the hospital with scarlet fever. A nurse restrained me and abruptly poked a needle into my arm, inflicting a pain that felt worse than a bee sting. I avoided having blood taken for the next 20 years, even if it meant risking my health.

Why I Talk to Myself, and You Should Too

Meghan Pearson | Posted 02.06.2013 | Canada Living
Meghan Pearson

I think we all have at least one area in our life that we truly want to change for the better. Quite often it is simply an issue of our "child-like" selves resisting the ideas for change brought on by our "adult" selves. So yes, I talked to myself. Out loud I might add. I must have looked mildly of a crazy person walking through Rosedale muttering words of encouragement under my breath. But I did feel better after the "talk."

10 Common Myths About Therapy

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 09.21.2012 | Canada Living

"Just get a therapist — they get paid to listen to your problems." We've all heard this one before, right? The problem is, it's just not true. M...

Depression Has Many Faces

Pega Ren | Posted 07.09.2012 | Canada Living
Pega Ren

2012-05-08-mentalhealth1.jpg Why is it so difficult to treat depression? Part of the problem is in our definition of the term. In fact, there are two distinct depressions: situational and clinical. It would be so much easier if we called the two depressions by different names, for then we could explain better how we feel and know better what might help.

Therapy: Can You Handle the Honest Truth?

Pega Ren | Posted 03.14.2012 | Canada Living
Pega Ren

I remember being careful with my clients, forming my questions and responses so as not to challenge them. But sometimes, after a session, I felt rather inauthentic. I knew that what I was thinking and what I was speaking were offset by "niceness."

Stop Taking Bad Advice From Good Friends

Marcia Sirota | Posted 11.12.2011 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

The worst type of advice my patients describe involves dating; the most egregious being that they should "give the guy another chance." Usually this advice comes after one of my patients has gone on one or two dates with someone who's behaved pretty badly.