category: Psychotherapy

Managing Anxiety

May 01, 2021

Anxiety is certainly at the top of our minds during these unprecedented times. Life is unpredictable and uncertain – this creates anxiety and stress in people. But when there are collective world experiences that bring greater uncertainty in our daily lives, this can fuel and perpetuate our anxieties even further. During these times of heightened […]

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Neuroplasticity & Mental Wellness

May 01, 2021

In the past, the scientific community believed that by early adulthood, the adult brain structures were primarily fixed and permanent with a set number of brain cells. They once thought that changes to the brain structures only occurred during infancy and childhood. More recently, our understanding of the most complex machine – our brain – […]

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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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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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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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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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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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