category: Counsellling

December Depression

November 29, 2019

By Lauren Berger, MSW, RSW While our childhood selves may regard the holidays and new year as a time of wonderment, excitement, and fulfilment, our adult selves tend to let out a defeated sigh when we flip the calendar pages to December.  This time of year often makes those with depression symptoms feel worse.  When […]

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Sleep vs Problems

November 01, 2019

Like Frodo in the Ring trilogy, we Toronto dwellers are constantly fighting problems that come up like orcs. They show up so fast and so many that it can get overwhelming. Right when we are supposed to be getting a good night sleep, these monster problems keep appearing in our minds, making us restless and […]

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Self-Hypnosis for Zzzzzz

November 01, 2019

By Lauren Berger, MSW, RSW Hi, my name is Lauren and I’m a hypnosis junkie.  I’ve been using hypnosis for myself since I was 10 years old, and let me tell you, the uses are endless.  When my clients express interest in hypnosis, at the top of their list of issues is “poor sleep”.  When […]

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LIFE HAPPENS

September 30, 2019

When my patients start psychotherapy, many have taken a long time to get to the point where they would act seeking my help. For highly sensitive people who process things deeply, this makes some sense. But…does it? Really? Why wait to feel a great sense of relief to know someone will be there with expertise […]

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How do you want to feel this Fall?

September 20, 2019

I want to feel CONNECTED. PASSIONATELY ENGAGED. CURIOUS. When we are clear about how we want to feel we are more likely to recognize unwanted feelings that lower our souls vibration and keep us stuck – think fear and anxiety. Most forms of discomfort are communicative; sending our bodies and minds messages that something is off. […]

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Dealing With Anger

August 22, 2019

By Lauren Berger, MSW, RSW Anger is a very natural and common emotion to feel when we feel like someone has hurt us, something doesn’t go our way, or something feels unjust.  If your grrrr moments seem like they’re invading your life, you’re not alone.  Like many other emotions, there is a healthy and unhealthy […]

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Honing Your Side Hustle

July 05, 2019

By Lauren Berger, MSW, RSW The side hustle is really having a moment these days.  You’re probably noticing that some of your friends have an extra gig or passion project apart from their nine-to-five.  You may be looking at your friends and thinking, “how do you have energy for this?!”, but many side hustlers find […]

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Is it Anxiety or Overload?

July 04, 2019

Working with many patients who present with the High Sensitivity Person Trait, I come across many individuals who think they have anxiety. So, how does someone know if anxiety is the actual problem or not? What does the High Sensitivity Trait have to do with this? First, let me describe the High Sensitivity Trait so […]

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Adulting.

June 03, 2019

adult·ing/əˈdəltiNG,ˈaˌdəltiNG/ noun : “the practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks.” Clearing up the confusion. Recently someone asked me about what “adulting” means. I have the word in my website under the list of things that I can help with. It does sound […]

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Self-Care Struggle

May 27, 2019

By Lauren Berger, MSW, RSW Self-care is a huge buzzword (buzz phrase?) these days. The premise is sound: do things throughout your month, week, day to care for yourself amidst everything you “have to” do, such as go to work, care for your kids, and make sure your home isn’t a total dump. The subtext […]

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