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    Oct 16 2020

    In-Person Visits Starting August 2020

    As we’ve all discovered by now, living with COVID requires a lot of flexibility and adjusting these days. So, if you’re comfortable having sessions with you and us in masks, that is now...


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    Sep 25 2020

    What To Expect at Marriage Counselling

    For couples therapy to be effective both partners have to really believe that the therapist is on their side and that means we want the relationship to be as healthy and vibrant as it can...


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    Shift Cognitive Therapy + Assessment
    Jul 27 2020

    Rethinking Depression

    A few years ago, CBC Radio One aired a thought-provoking, 3-part series entitled \"Rethinking Depression\" on its program Ideas. With the help of a number of local and world-renowned experts in the field, producer Mary O\'Connell explores what we...


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    Shift Cognitive Therapy + Assessment
    Jul 13 2020

    How You View the Bees Matters More Than the Bees

    I noticed some wasps flying around nearby were becoming very curious about the cinnamon buns and I decided in that moment to allow them to do whatever they wanted and that I wouldn\'t interfere with them unless they became a bigger nuisance or a...


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    Jul 09 2020

    Belly Breathing For Anxiety and Stress

    Belly breathing is an easy way to reduce anxiety and calm the Healthy Body and mind. It engages the diaphragm, the muscle deep within the chest that plays a major role in respiration, and also the vagus nerve, an information super-highway between...


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    Counselling & Psychotherapy
    May 31 2020

    Youth Mental Health, There is a Need!

    The Toronto Star featured an article about how universities and colleges are scrambling to decide what amount of funding will be needed to address the mental health needs of students, quoting a psychiatrist from McMaster University who said the...


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    Counselling & Psychotherapy
    Apr 20 2020

    Bring Conscious Awareness to Your Actions

    Human bodies are exceptionally good at making complicated things routine, like driving cars down busy roadways at the same time that we\'re singing along to music and adjusting the...


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    Counselling & Psychotherapy
    Apr 14 2020

    Coronavirus Anxiety

    Unfamiliar things are happening and there are many things up in the air. You may be wondering exactly how long the kids will be out of school, worrying about what your future income will look like, trying to manage suddenly working from...


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    Counselling & Psychotherapy
    Apr 06 2020

    You Can Still Count On Us

    We hope you and the people you care about are in good health and managing well, given the new realities of life with COVID-19. Even though our doors are closed, our lights are very much on here at Shift Cognitive Therapy + Assessment, and we are...


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    Counselling & Psychotherapy
    Mar 25 2020

    Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples

    Emotion Focused Therapy for couples is a short-term therapy, usually lasting between 8 and 20 sessions. Research demonstrates that it is effective, with most outcome studies showing more than a 70% rate of recovery from marital distress in 10 - 12...


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    Counselling & Psychotherapy
    Mar 22 2020

    What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?

    Learn How Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Can Help Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, also known by the initials CBT, is a type of talking therapy that was developed in the 1960s to treat depression. Dr. Aaron Beck, a psychiatrist who developed the treatment,...


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    Counselling & Psychotherapy
    Mar 02 2020

    What Is Psychotherapy Really Like?

    Most often, when a therapist speak with clients about how they felt after a good psychotherapy session, the answer was exhausted. That means that they worked hard during the...


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    Counselling & Psychotherapy
    Feb 21 2020

    Treat Anxiety with Exposure Therapy

    Exposure therapy is a cornerstone of the treatment of anxiety (check out our Anxiety disorders complete guide) because it enables people who are afraid of something to gather realistic evidence about what that thing is REALLY like, and then make...


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    Counselling & Psychotherapy
    Feb 02 2020

    Badge of Life Canada – PTSD Retreat for First Responders

    The Badge of Life Canada program brings together small groups of male and female first responders and creates a safe environment where they can begin to talk openly about their struggles, without feeling judged. The recent retreat that Dr. Ian...


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    Psychoeducational Assessment
    Jan 06 2020

    How does Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Work?

    Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, also known as CBT, is a modern type of talk-therapy that works extremely well for emotional issues, like depression, anxiety, trauma, obsessive-compulsive disorder and low self-esteem. It also works well with many...


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    Emotion-Focused Therapy
    Dec 19 2019

    What is Emotion-Focused Therapy?

    EFT, or Emotional-Focused Therapy, is a type of therapy used with adults either individually or within couples or family groups. The therapy harnesses our natural drives to bond with others in order to repair relationship problems and strengthen the...


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    Psychoeducational Assessment
    Dec 04 2019

    Shift Cognitive Therapy + Assessment #TeamUnbreakable

    Shift Cognitive Therapy + Assessment is very proud to have supported Team Unbreakable LogoCameron Helps, a charitable organization whose goal is to protect youth from anxiety, depression and suicide by fostering lifelong exercise through...


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    Psychoeducational Assessment
    Nov 17 2019

    Anxiety and Stranger Things

    Everything is changing all the time. Trying or hoping that things will remain the same is a waste of energy. The sooner you can accept change and learn to live with it, the happier you will...


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    Psychoeducational Assessment
    Nov 01 2019

    What is the Difference Between Cognitive Therapy vs. Psychotherapy?

    When choosing how to treat behavioural or emotional issues, many patients choose psychotherapy or cognitive therapy. It is important to define each of them to make an informed decision. Let\'s shed some light on psychotherapy and...


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    Cognitive Therapy
    Oct 16 2019

    What is Parenting Therapy?

    Our team of psychologists and registered psychotherapists work with parents of children of all ages to help them find solutions that work. We will work with you, your partner and some or all of your children to understand why you\'re facing those...


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    Psychoeducational Assessment
    Oct 03 2019

    What is a Psychoeducational Assessment?

    Psychoeducational assessments are useful when children struggle with learning or behavior, or when their social or emotional skills are less developed than...


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    Work life balance
    Sep 15 2019

    How to Achieve a Work Life Balance

    Wanting to do your best at home is great. Wanting to do your best at work is also great. But there are only so many hours in a day, and a person only has so much energy to give. That\'s why it is important that we need to have a work and life...


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    Aug 25 2019

    What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)?

    Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive therapy that is used when people have more extreme emotional reactions to the threat of a loss, especially the loss of an important...


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    Cognitive Therapy
    Aug 04 2019

    Effective Ways How to Recover from Burnout

    Trying to be the best in every area of your life and do everything as much as possible can be too much and leave you feeling exhausted and burnt...


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    Cognitive Therapy
    Jul 18 2019

    Get Over Your Fear of Flying

    People afraid of flying have many worries and anxieties in common. They fear they might have a panic attack on the plane and be stuck there for hours, unable to get...


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    Shift Cognitive Therapy + Assessment
    Jul 08 2019

    The Anxiety Feedback Loop

    The human Healthy Body values survival so highly that it devotes a large portion of its energy resources to watching for and reacting to potential dangers. The \'fight-flight reaction system\' is our built-in mechanism to focus attention and help us...


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    Shift Cognitive Therapy + Assessment
    Jun 25 2019

    Making Change by Thinking Realistically

    It\'s no secret that many physical issues, like obesity, heart disease and diabetes are strongly influenced by lifestyle and behaviour. Behavioural choices also contribute to emotional issues, like anxiety, stress and depression. Often, we know...


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    Shift Cognitive Therapy + Assessment
    Jun 10 2019

    Core Beliefs – The ‘I’ That is ‘Me’

    If you ask people how old they feel, many will say they feel younger than their years, as if they\'re still a kid, existing somehow within the Healthy Body of a much older person. This happens because we all have an \'I\' existing somewhere within...


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    Shift Cognitive Therapy + Assessment
    May 29 2019

    Filling Time Versus FULLfilling Time?

    As a mother of three young children, I find a frequent challenge in my life is finding time for all of those things I NEED to do and all those things I WANT to do. Many of my clients say they find the same thing in their lives, as well - we live in...


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    Benefits of a Professional therapist
    Apr 30 2019

    The Benefits of Speaking to a Professional therapist

    Depending on circumstances, a therapist may point out to the family patterns that have gone unnoticed or suggest different ways of responding to other family members. These changes in the way of responding may then trigger repercussions encouraging...


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    Family therapy
    Apr 16 2019

    Rebuilding Family Connections with Family Therapy

    Using Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) and other models, Shift psychologists help provide a sense of safety in couples\' and family sessions, de-escalating conflicts and helping disengaged members to re-engage. There is no blame within our therapies,...


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    Depression Oakville
    Apr 02 2019

    Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Depression

    Mild to moderate depression is highly treatable, often without medication. However, the most effective form of treatment is often a combination of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and some medication. Dealing with Depression When feeling depressed,...


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    Relationship Therapy
    Mar 19 2019

    What is Relationship Therapy?

    Effective communication with the people who are most important in our lives is the \'grease\' that allows the wheels of relationships to...


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    Panic Attack disorder Oakville
    Mar 05 2019

    What are the Symptoms of a Panic Disorder?

    In today\'s world, it\'s not uncommon to find yourself feeling overwhelmed. Intense worries and fears about work, home life, and other stressors can take a toll on your Healthy Body and mind. However, if you ever find that these fears get so intense...


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    Panic Attack Oakville
    Feb 19 2019

    What is a panic attack?

    In today\'s world, it\'s not uncommon to find yourself feeling overwhelmed. Intense worries and fears about work, home life, and other stressors can take a toll on your Healthy Body and mind. However, if you ever find that these fears get so intense...


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