Posts Tagged: counselling

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 […]

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 […]

No.

April 08, 2019

“No.”  It’s the shortest sentence in the English language, but for many it’s the hardest one to say.  Sometimes we feel like we’ll be missing out or get in trouble for saying it, but if we never say “no”, we wind up with much bigger problems.  There are big benefits to learning how to say […]

Taking Control of Social Anxiety

March 18, 2019

Social anxiety can feel like you’re permanently in your worst phase of junior high: tongue-tied, anxious, and full of dread. This seems totally counterintuitive to what social experiences are “meant” to be, namely positive, enjoyable, fun times. If the idea of a simple Starbucks date with a pal or colleague has you wanting to dive […]

When should someone else get help?

February 25, 2019

By: Ariel Blau, MSW, RSW, LCSW Very often a client comes seeking my services because they are worried about someone else who has depression. This client finds that they are worrying enough about another person, to go seek help themselves. How does one decide what to do? The answer is a mixed “depends”, because everybody goes […]

The Language of (Un)Love(ing)

February 11, 2019

By Lauren Berger, MSW, RSW Love is a many splendored thing… until it’s not.  Even though love and relationships are permanent fixtures in our society, that doesn’t mean that they are easy or simple.  It seems like we have to kiss a lot of frogs until we find a great match.  Hey, that’s okay!  This […]

When do people decide to see a counsellor or psychotherapist?

January 30, 2019

I just ended a meeting with one of my clients, someone who has a bundle of things going on in life and who could very well deal with it by themselves. Instead, they decided to seek help and use my services to help align their life with their goals. It got me thinking about how […]

Inspo Overload

December 17, 2018

As human beings, we are always looking for information in one form or another. Having access to info and inspo at the touch of an iPhone button is amazing, but can also be mentally draining and the perfectionism we’re often presented can be frustrating to our self-esteem. Social media, as wonderful as it can be, […]

Positive Masculinity

November 26, 2018

It is well known that men have a harder time deciding to go to the doctor and to see a therapist. I believe that the main reason is that we are taught to be self-reliant, a bit heroic and take care of others, so we avoid doing it until we clearly can’t possibly handle it […]

Counselling at IHI by Ariel G. Blau

September 19, 2018

I am delighted to be joining this amazing group of dedicated healers at Integrative Health Institute as a counselling provider. As a new member of this caring and wonderful team, I want to introduce my work style and what I have to offer. So what are my goals and my way of working? My goal […]