All Posts Tagged: therapy

Free 15-Minute Counselling Consults with Therapist Amy Deacon at the Toronto Wellness Centre

Starting therapy can be daunting, especially as how you fit with a new counsellor is of such great importance on your journey. We are pleased to give you the opportunity, without booking in advance, to have a free 15-minute consultation here at the Toronto Wellness Centre.

Visit us at 12 Wellesley St. West on Tuesday February 6th between 5pm and 7pm to meet Clinical Social Worker Amy Deacon.

If you are unable to make it to the drop in event but would like to connect with Amy over the phone, please call 647-952-2368.

 

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The Heart of the Matter

We go to physicians to examine our bodies; dentists to inspect our teeth; chiropractors to explore the curvature in our spines – but what about our hearts?  When was the last time your heart had a check up?  When I speak of heart, I’m referring to the centre of you as a person; the space where you express and experience emotion, affection, enthusiasm and spirit.  It’s an important question, as it is only when there is a healthy flow within our hearts that we can truly be at our best.  Let me explain, when our hearts are healthy, we have space for our emotions to flow with ease; energy for the things that matter most; and perspective to appreciate the lives we have.

​The flow within our hearts helps determine our ability to be present in relationships, focused at work and responsive to our mental, emotional and physical needs.  However, for many of us, having a healthy flow can be a daily struggle.  Throughout life, we experience betrayal and regret, frustration and anger, sadness and loss – many of which are normal parts of life.  However, when such experiences remain unresolved, we risk creating a ‘build up’, which blocks the flow of our hearts.  As such, genuine feelings of love and happiness are difficult to experience because we’re clogged with lingering resentment, anger,guilt and fear.  This lack of flow can stifle our most important relationships with our partners, families, colleagues, and most importantly, ourselves.

If this is something you relate with, please know you are not alone.  All of us experience chapters in our lives in which we feel our hearts are blocked.  And the good news is that there is so much you can do to get your heart flowing as it is meant to.  Connecting with a therapist, joining a support group or spending quality time with those closest to you are great ways of mending your heart. As a therapist, my work is to help individuals safely explore the contents of one’s heart, including both your strengths, as well as those areas that are in need of restoration. Remember – your heart is the most central part of who you are, so do take the time to check in, and give it the attention it so deserves.

 

Amy Deacon is currently accepting new counselling clients at the Toronto Wellness Centre. Please call 416-920-2722 or send us an inquiry to schedule your therapy appointment.

This blog was originally published on Toronto Wellness Counselling.

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Back to School Challenges

While a lot of parents are breathing a sigh of relief that kids are about to aboard the school bus back to the classroom, many find this a particularly challenging time.

For a start there is the financial burden. Back to school supplies, backpacks and new outfits are just the beginning. There will be new clubs to join, activities and various sports teams that children will want to be part of all of which not only cost significant amounts in dues, but also cost even greater amounts to outfit.

At the same time children can be feeling nervous about starting a new school, making new friends or achieving high enough levels to get into future schools.

The mix of the two can make for a potentially stressful time for families. Here are some tips to get through the back to school blues.

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Coping with Vertigo

Vertigo can be a scary thing: without notice you can feel like you or the world around you is spinning and there is nothing you can do to stop it! There are a few typical causes of vertigo; most are problems in the inner ear.

The most common type of vertigo is called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). This is when small pieces debris get stuck in the inner ear canals. We at the Toronto Wellness Centre use a series of exercises to help un-stick the debris and move it through the canals, with great success.

Meniere’s disease is another cause for vertigo. It also has associated symptoms of hearing changes (hypersensitivity or loss of hearing) and nausea. Usually this presents in attacks of vertigo that last for hours at a time. There is no treatment that can correct the underlying pathology, however supportive care is recommended for Meniere’s disease’s psychological effects from our psychotherapist, Louise Parkinson. She can provide education on how to be safe when attacks occur and how to better cope with Meniere’s disease on a day-to-day basis.

One other very common cause of vertigo is drug reaction. There are often a long list of side effects from many medications. Vertigo and dizziness are some of those very common symptoms. Review your medications’ frequent side effects. Do not just stop taking them, be sure to talk to your doctor about any side effects you experience during treatment. Let your prescribing doctor be the one to advise you going forward.

If you are have bouts of vertigo. Get it checked. We can help.

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