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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/ <br> <br> 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.
How To Deal With The Emotions You've Been

How To Deal With The Emotions You've Been Avoiding

When it comes to trauma, in particular, pushing away the thoughts and feelings can often exacerbate the intensity of the symptoms. The more you try to evade the problem, the more the internal pressure will build, until you explode. The problem won't just go away on its own.
07/25/2016 12:11 EDT
Being More Compassionate Can Help You Succeed In

Being More Compassionate Can Help You Succeed In 2016

Here's the thing. If we can convince ourselves that most people are doing the best they can, then eventually we have to realize that about ourselves. That, my friends, is the key. Because if someone is doing the best they can, can you really ask anything more?
01/05/2016 05:47 EST
The Real Reason Women Are Having Children

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
How Infertility Can Kill Your Sex

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
Hiding Behind a 'Perfect' Online Life Stops Us From Connecting

Hiding Behind a 'Perfect' Online Life Stops Us From Connecting Offline

Those lucky folks who seem to coast through life without anything ever going wrong? Believe me, they are few and far between. Having problems is normal, not having them is far more unusual! Here's the thing, it's generally only when we reveal our true selves that we can fully connect and establish true intimacy with others.
04/02/2015 12:34 EDT
The Kind of Fertility We're Not Talking

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
Exercise Is Like Music -- There's Something For

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
Why Women Still Suffer From the Ally McBeal

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
Ovarian Cancer Doesn't Have To Be a Death

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
When Infertility Affects Your

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
Why Parents Shouldn't Sweat the Small

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
The Lives We Present Online Aren't Always What They

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
Why Taking an Antidepressant Is Right for

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
Why Do We Spend More on Lattes Than Our Mental

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

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
Pregnant Couples: Is it Wrong to Wish for a Girl Over a

Pregnant Couples: Is it Wrong to Wish for a Girl Over a Boy?

There is a family-building circumstance that some people find themselves in, that seems to only provoke condemnation from others. I am talking about when a parent or couple is unable to conceive a child of a particular gender which they desire.
12/11/2012 12:22 EST
The Gym Helping Kids With

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
After Miscarrying I Never Got the Pregnant Glow

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
Not a Biological Parent? How to Tell Your

Not a Biological Parent? How to Tell Your Child

As an infertility counsellor, I see a lot of clients who are using third-party family building strategies. This includes using sperm or egg donation and/or a gestational carrier. One of the many concerns these individuals have about family building using these methods is what they will tell their child.
10/01/2012 12:12 EDT