category: Counsellling

I Have A Gut Feeling…

October 09, 2020

I HAVE A GUT FEELING… Did you know that your state of mind can affect your digestion? There is a huge connection between what is in our minds and how our digestive system responds. The gut-brain connection has been studied intensively in the last twenty years and it has opened new ways to help us […]

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Resiliency & Clarity

September 07, 2020

All of us are showing a lot of resilience during these COVID-19 times. Every day brings new challenges. How we will survive this pandemic depends on many factors, but it definitely depends on the level of resilience we can muster. One of the big differences between people that are more resilient and those that are less […]

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Anxiety Action Plan: Coronavirus Edition

April 13, 2020

By Lauren Berger, MSW, RSW The topic on everyone’s lips around the world is Coronavirus and, if you’re like me, you might be finding it all a tad overwhelming.  Widespread health care scares can induce anxiety symptoms in the most chilled out people, so those who regularly experience anxiety may not be feeling so hot […]

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Moving Forward

March 02, 2020

One of the recurring themes that my patients bring to our work together is the idea of feeling stuck. Rather than feeling that they are actively moving in the direction of their life goals, they experience the opposite. They experience a feeling of stagnation. My motto is to “get my patients out of the trunk […]

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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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