One Year Into The Pandemic

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One Year Into The Pandemic

One year into the pandemic, and nothing is back to normal. We are still in lockdown, waiting on a daily tally of positive cases, and deaths. While our health care system is stretched to breaking point, the pandemic has had a devastating impact on our mental health. The number of people seeking help for anxiety has skyrocketed, prescriptions for anti-depressants...[ read more ]

How Can We Celebrate Christmas with COVID in 2020?

You have thrown out the pumpkins and the moms, and are putting up the lights and shopping for stocking fillings. Despite 18 years in Canada, I find I still struggle to keep up with the rapid shifts in seasons and expectations of new colourful delights that appear and disappear on our doorsteps. I take my cue from my neighbours; mom’s...[ read more ]

How To Co-Parent Your Kids After a Divorce: 6 Survival Tips For Divorcing Parents

Divorce is brutal. It is a death without a dead body. It is the killer of dreams, slaughter of intimacy, the torture of children and the dismantling of a safe intimate community, the womb where children laugh, learn and grow. And yet, despite marrying with all the very best of intentions, so many of us walk down the long open...[ read more ]

Bubble Trouble: Who’s In Your Bubble, Who’s Out, and What About Thanksgiving?

My Mom is 85 years old. She lives on the Southeast Coast of the UK, England. I think she believes she is immune from the coronavirus. She wants to do her own shopping. She wants to have lunch with her close friends. A couple of weeks ago she went to a funeral, indoors, a friend-of-a-friend. Yesterday she told me that...[ read more ]

The Top Six Benefits of Group Therapy

Psychotherapy, therapy or counselling has become more and more acceptable, with old and young flocking to find a therapist of choice, in much the same way that people log in online and look for a local family doctor taking new clients. We all want our own person to talk to, to work through the difficulties we have faced in the...[ read more ]

How to Help Your Anxious Child Return to School During a Pandemic

The days are growing shorter, and the leaves are gradually turning from brilliant greens, to the brown, orange and red that we readily associate with fall. The seasonal changes are upon us, and as all parents of school aged kids, and all kids, know, the shorter days, and turning leaves, signals our return to school. For the retail world, back...[ read more ]

How Can I Reduce My Anxiety?

Emotions 101 We all have feelings, or emotions. We need emotions to survive. Emotions get us going, they make us act to protect ourselves, and they help us to get what we need or want. Anxiety makes us slow down and avoid danger, anger drives us to fight, sadness causes us to withdraw and grieve, shame demands that we hide....[ read more ]

Am I Racist?

At, The Story Isn’t Over, we have a foot in two very different communities. We have a clinic in Bolton, a small primarily white, privileged community, and we have a clinic in Brampton, a large city, where differences abound, and where being white may make you one of a minority, rather than a majority. We are all immigrants, whether 1st...[ read more ]

When I Say I’m Fine

When I say I’m fine, I mean I don’t want to tell you what is really going on inside. I may be in a rush, I may not feel comfortable telling you what is troubling me, and most often, I may feel restricted in what I say as a therapist given the general belief among therapists that we shouldn’t self-disclose...[ read more ]

How to Survive Yet Another Month of Social Distancing

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The sun is shining; we want to run outside, put on the sprinklers, light up the BBQ, and invite our besties over for supper. But, instead, we are masked and gloved, walking at a carefully measured distance from our fellow shoppers, trying to find something to cook for our cranky kids, and, just as cranky spouse. Physical distancing was, perhaps...[ read more ]

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