By the age of 40, approximately 50 percent of Canadians will have experienced a mental illness. Roughly half of those people never sought medical treatment for said illness. With at least one in five Canadians experiencing a mental health problem in any given year, mental health is undoubtedly a pressing issue that affects a large swath of Canadian society.
While most people shy away from discussions about mood and depressive disorders, one that can easily slip under the radar is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). …
Zoom is an easy to use video conferencing service that facilitates virtual meetings with others; it allows participants to ‘meet’ online. It is a safe and effective method for therapists and clients to meet when they cannot meet in person.
Zoom has become extremely popular as a method to meet as they are prevented from meeting in person.
When people talk about Zoom, they will usually be referring to a Zoom meeting. In this instance, a therapy session between a therapist and a client.
You can download Zoom for free from their website.
Below is a harm-reduction and logistical guide for preparing for and undergoing a therapeutic psychedelic experience.
Pick and choose the bits that resonate with you for your upcoming journey.
Please note — I do not provide psychoactive substances, nor do I recommend their use. However, if you do intend to journey into altered states of consciousness, I offer support to those seeking assistance to plan for and integrate your experience.
Turn off your mind relax and float downstream
It is not dying.
Tomorrow Never Knows — The Beatles
Google Hangouts Meet is an easy to use video conferencing app. It allows participants to ‘meet’ online. It is a very safe and effective method to for therapists and clients to meet who are unable to meet in person. Google Hangouts Meet allows online meetings to be easily set up via Google Calendar.
A short history of psychedelics and how they are currently being used in psychotherapy.
The mention of psychedelic drugs often inspires thoughts of hippies and ‘bad trips,’ but the reality is far from that. Psychedelics range from naturally occurring drugs used by humans for thousands of years to a plethora of synthetic compounds produced in the last century. Their effect on thought, vision, and sound is sometimes subtle, and other times are all-encompassing. These psychedelic experiences can be profound, enlightening, and healing for the mind. Scientists have researched these effects over the last century to create a deeper understanding of their benefits. Sadly, psychedelic drugs and their therapeutic effects on the mind have had a bumpy history. …
Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is one of the most common mental disorders in North America today. In fact, as of 2019, it affects the lives of over 15 million adults in the U.S. alone. When we say “social anxiety disorder,” we don’t mean acting a little shy at a party or getting sweaty palms before an interview, we mean intense fear of everyday social situations such as buying something from a store clerk or looking someone directly in the eye.
Many people will report that their social anxiety “started” at a particular time in their lives. Though it tends to develop in the early teenage years, social anxiety could develop at any time in a person’s life. …
For the uninitiated, meditation may seem like a relatively strange thing to do. Why would one subject themselves to sitting cross-legged for long periods while doing nothing? For others, meditation might even seem intimidating, subjecting oneself to their inner ‘head noise’ may not sound overly appealing. However, a regular meditation practice can become a place of peace and refuge and a way to reduce everyday stress and anxiety.
There are various forms of meditation. For this article, I will concentrate on mindfulness meditation.
Mindfulness meditation is a mental practise that involves relaxation, focus, self-enquiry and the cultivation of awareness. …
It’s completely normal to feel anxious in social situations. Be it giving a speech or talking on the phone, social anxiety affects a surprisingly large percentage of the population. However, when one experiences considerable distress and an impaired ability to function in at least some parts of their daily life, it is likely to be diagnosed as social anxiety disorder.
Many people with social anxiety disorder do not know that they have it. They may recognize that there is something ‘wrong’, but do not know what it is or what to do about it. This is where mindfulness can help. By being ‘mindful’, aware of the present moment, one can identify that they feel ‘some kind of way’. Through practice, rather than being self-critical, or judging the anxiety-provoking situation, one can learn to accept things as they are rather than the way they ‘ought’ to be. …
by Paul Jozsef
With 62% of workers reporting that work is their main source of stress, it is necessary for both employers and employees to be mindful of their mental wellbeing in order to defend against the impact of workplace stress. There are several ‘easy to do’ solutions to the growing issue of stress. The most efficacious of these is mindfulness. When mindfulness is practiced within the workplace, it has been shown to reduce the level of stress, as well as, boost workplace morale.
Mindfulness is a stress-relieving technique that can be utilized to deal with the daily stressors of the workplace. Most of us spend a large part of our week working and when the workplace is stressful, this can begin to weigh heavy on our mental health and overall wellbeing. So, what is mindfulness? Mindfulness is a mental state that is achieved by focusing your awareness on the present moment, concentrating on and accepting your thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judgement. By practicing mindfulness, it may help you find a few moments of peace and help you let go of some of the stress you are experiencing. Mindfulness is often utilized in therapy and meditation as a means of reducing negative overthinking, personal judgement, and even help cope with depression and/or anxiety. …
Scheduled worry time is a cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) technique that teaches us how to reduce anxiety and worry more effectively.
Everyone worries from time to time. We generally do not have immediate control over the things we worry about. We typically tend to worry about undesirable future events, or about things that happened in the past that they wish turned out differently. The problem is, some of us have a tendency to worry about things more than is helpful.