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Sep 25 2020

What To Expect at Marriage Counselling

What To Expect at Marriage Counselling? There is often nothing scarier in a relationship than when your partner tells you they want you to come for marriage counselling....


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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...


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Jul 13 2020

How You View the Bees Matters More Than the Bees

The other day, I was out with friends on a beautiful, sunny, weekend morning. Bee on tableWe were on an outdoor patio drinking coffee and eating deliciously sweet cinnamon buns from a local bakery. It was a perfect way to spend a morning, knowing...


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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 mirrors. This is really useful because it means I don’t...


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Counselling & Psychotherapy
Apr 14 2020

Coronavirus Anxiety

If you’re like me, your email and social media feeds are blowing up with all things coronavirus. 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,...


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Counselling & Psychotherapy
Apr 06 2020

You Can Still Count On Us

Dear Clients, 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,...


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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...


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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?

This came across my desk recently courtesy of an old hairstylist and the post got me thinking, “What do people think they ‘should’ feel as they walk out of a therapy session? Do they expect to feel great?” And as you can...


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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

Dr. Ian Shulman recently spent a week with Badge of Life Canada and ten, first responders, all recovering from work-related PTSD. Badge of Life Canada is a national, volunteer organization, dedicated to helping first responders recover from trauma,...


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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 running....


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What Causes the Fear of Flying
Nov 19 2019

Are you afraid to fly and want to get away this winter?

First of all what Causes the Fear of Flying? Several different types of events can cause a person to become afraid to fly. The fear of flying can begin when something dangerous happens to you or someone you know. We all learn from experience and...


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Psychoeducational Assessment
Nov 17 2019

Anxiety and Stranger Things

Don’t you love it when you can learn about life’s great lessons from Netflix? You may or may not be a fan of the show “Stranger Things”. If you are, you probably had a tear in your eye listening to Hopper’s letter to...


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Psychoeducational Assessment
Nov 01 2019

What is the Difference Between Cognitive Therapy vs. Psychotherapy?

There are a wide variety of treatments for behavioral and emotional problems. So, it can be an overwhelming task to choose the right treatment or therapy. Before picking a treatment plan and therapist, you should have a basic understanding of the...


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Cognitive Therapy
Oct 16 2019

What is Parenting Therapy?

Parenting is one of those things that can be both the most rewarding experience of your life and the most challenging thing you’ll ever do. There’s no manual for how to do it, we didn’t all have good models of how to do it well,...


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Psychoeducational Assessment
Oct 03 2019

What is a Psychoeducational Assessment?

Psychoeducational Assessment? Psychoeducational assessments are useful when children struggle with learning or behavior, or when their social or emotional skills are less developed than expected. These challenges can be symptoms of hidden problems...


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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. Trying to be the best in every area of your life can be too much and...


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Psychologists and Counsellor
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 relationship. We all need close relationships and when...


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Cognitive Therapy
Aug 04 2019

Effective Ways How to Recover from Burnout

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. Trying to be the best in every area of your life can...


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Cognitive Therapy
Jul 18 2019

Get Over Your Fear of Flying

Are you ready to get rid of the fear that’s kept you from flying or from enjoying it when you do? Many people struggle with flying because they don’t know how to manage anxious thoughts and feelings when they think about getting onto an...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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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 spin. We Help Couples And Family Groups Feel More Connected Using Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) and...


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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...


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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...


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