The Myths of Social Work and Psychotherapy

By Lindsey Danisch, RSW and provider of psychotherapy

Myth: Only crazy people or people with severe issues receive psychotherapy.

Everyday, people seek therapy for a range of reasons. Some pursue psychotherapy for treatment of anxiety or depression. But others want help coping with life stressors or transitions like martial strain or separation, parenting challenges, the loss of a job, stress management or conflict at work. Others may need help managing and balancing work and family responsibilities, coping with an aging parent, or improving relationship skills. By learning problem solving skills and coping strategies, anyone (young and old) can benefit from psychotherapy. I work with both adults, teens and children. […]

By |April 20th, 2017|Mental Clarity, Mind Body Medicine, Self Care|0 Comments

Holiday Survival Tea Recipe

Tea is a subtle way of receiving nature’s best medicine. Herbal infusions extract medicinal ingredients through the heat of water. Just the warmth of botanically inspired water helps to melt stress, while sitting to enjoy a cup of tea promotes mindfulness. This holiday season, consider taking some time once or twice per day to enjoy this mood & digestion balancing blend.

Ingredients

You can find most of these ingredients through your local herbal shop. If you live in Toronto, Herbies Herbs is one of the best locations for bulk herbal medicines.

2 Parts Lemon Balm (1 Cup)
2 Parts Chamomile (1 Cup)
1 Part Oat Tops (1/2 Cup)
1 Part Rose Petals (1/2 Cup)
1 Part Lavender (1/2 Cup)
Optional: Cinnamon Sticks

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By |November 29th, 2016|Mental Clarity, Mind Body Medicine, Recipes|0 Comments

QUICK LIST! Dating Boot Camp

By Lindsey Danisch, Registered Social Worker & Provider of Psychotherapy

QUICK LIST! Dating Boot Camp:

Get your mindset straight- Be positive. Everyone deserves love. Look around: people of all shapes, sizes, ages, abilities, and personalities find love. So can you.
Make goals (and stick to them) – Dating is like learning to play an instrument, mastering a new hobby, or going back to school. Set goals, assess, persist, fall down- and get back up…follow through.
Manage your expectations- You are complicated, and so is your future partner. No one is perfect, but you might be compatible.
Create the Tools- Sorry, online/app dating is here to stay! Having half a profile filled out with no pictures listed is not online dating. See these tools as assets not the enemy. Have a great first impression and let the technology work for you!
Get feedback- Take a look in the mirror. What makes dating you difficult? What can you be working on?
Hire professionals- We hire realtors when buying a house, tutors when learning a new subject, hairstylist to do our hair…but when it comes to love, we struggle in silence.

Lindsey Danish, MSW and Registered Social Worker

Provides Psychotherapy and Dating Coaching (off and online) at Innate Wellness

Learn more: www.realtherapy.ca

By |September 20th, 2016|Mental Clarity, Relationships|0 Comments

Innate Q&A: Meet Lindsey Danisch!

For those of you who don’t know, Lindsey Danisch is the newest edition to the Innate Wellness Team. We are very excited to have her! Counselling services are an essential part of holistic health care. As a Registered Social Worker and provider of Psychotherapy, Lindsey offers counselling services for individuals, families and children. She has a tonne of experience and couldn’t be more approachable but we think you should get to know her yourself! Read more about Lindsey in our monthly Innate Q&A…

Q1: This is the first time Innate Wellness has had a Social Worker and Provider of Psychotherapy on their team. We are very excited! How do you see your services fitting into this integrative and holistic team?

I’m so excited to be a part of the Innate team! With the pace of today’s society and the increase of expectations/demands on everyone, paying attention to one’s mental health becomes progressively important. I recognize that while it can take a village to raise a child, it can take a team to tackle the physical and emotional complexities of our clients. Psychotherapy is a great compliment to the services already being provided at Innate Wellness. I am able to dig a little deeper with clients to address and support any underlying concerns that may be creating a barrier to improving our overall health and wellness. […]

Back-To-School ‘Herbal Chill’ Tea

By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

 

Going back to school can be a stressful time for kids. Sometimes kids are open about expressing their worries and sometimes their anxieties come out in physical ways like itchy skin, tummy aches, headaches, bad dreams and restlessness. Calming herbs can go a long way to alleviate anxieties. Tea is a great way to provide this ‘herbal chill’. Your little tea enthusiast can drink it hot or for those kids not so fond of tea – it can be added to juice or smoothies. This herbal recipe can be compounded on special request at Innate Wellness or by your local naturopath/herbalist.

Ingredients

1 Part Chamomile

1 Part Catnip

1 Part Lemon Balm […]

Practitioner Q&A: The Wisdom of Love with Lorraine Manners, Intuitive

Lorraine is an Intuitive practitioner at Innate Wellness who channels Spirit to offer insight, guidance and clarity to her clients on their journey as well as to restore their energetic balance. She practices at Innate Wellness High Park on one special Monday per month. Her clients love the insight they receive through her sessions so book ahead!

Lorraine Manners, Intuitive

Q1: Many clients visit you for insight and wisdom. How does your process work and what can I expect? 

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Introduction to Meditation Workshop Series with Lorraine Manners

By |September 5th, 2015|Mental Clarity, Mind Body Medicine|0 Comments

Back-To-School Nutrition Tips for Attention Span & Focus

By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

September is a big month for kids! New school year, new teachers, new friends, new subjects and new routines. This can be exciting, distracting and sometimes anxiety provoking. Many challenges come with a new school year that requires attention, memory and calm. How can parents help their children to balance excitement with focus as the school year approaches?

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The Secret to Heart Medicine from Ancient Tradition

with Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

 

Heart disease is one of the western world’s most prevalent diseases. The Heart and Stroke Foundation rates it as the number one cause of death in Canada. If you look on the Heart and Stroke Website you will see listed the following preventative strategies for heart disease:

Maintain a healthy weight
Consult a dietician for help with creating a balanced diet, monitoring fat intake, increasing complex carbohydrates such as fruits and vegetables, reducing alcohol consumption
Quit smoking or maintain a smoke-free environment
Remain Physically Active
Decrease stress

All great suggestions that we give out as naturopathic doctors every day…  lifestyle, lifestyle, lifestyle! But, our patients protest,  ‘it is so hard to change!’ WHY?

One of the BIG reason we have difficulty maintaining lifestyle is stress. Our bad habits make us feel really, really good – for a really short period of time. Yet, many of our global authorities on heart health have a hard time directly connecting emotions with heart health – or at least they have a hard time talking about it. Yet in ancient times, this connection was well understood.

 According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) one of the biggest blocks to mental and spiritual wholeness is that between the heart (feeling) and the mind (thought). Somewhere along the way, our western minds came  to believe that feelings and thoughts are separate. While in eastern medicine, the relationship is so important that a block or separation between heart and mind is considered a precursor to disease.

In TCM the ‘Heart-Mind’ is the residence of memory, thinking, consciousness, mental activity, emotions, sleep and is said to be the home of the spirit or, ‘the Shen’. A divided Heart-Mind has a serious impact on the Shen. A disconnect between the heart and the mind (between emotions and thoughts) manifests in poor memory, attention deficits, insomnia, depression, anxiety and….stress. And in turn, these ongoing ‘Shen’ disturbances – injure the heart.

 In life it is hard to change our everyday stresses, yet we can change how we respond. What is one factor that strengthens our natural defences against stress?

 LOVE. […]

Restoring Your Innate Balance

with Lorraine Manners, Intuitive

Restoring Balance

It’s the New Year and the holidays have left you wrung out and even more stressed than usual. You have no time for a breather as life is speeding up rather than slowing down.

The demands placed on us in our technology-advanced age are enormous.

Whatever we are juggling – family, career, friends, volunteer work – we are expected to be connected practically 24/7 and to respond to everyone immediately. And to have answers then and there. In the age of Google, no one seems to have the patience anymore to wait for anything.

We’re being stretched in a million directions. No wonder we rarely feel calm, peaceful and balanced.

 When Opting Out isn’t an Option

We have families, jobs, financial obligations and other commitments, which means we can’t suddenly become hermits to get away from it all.

Try These 3 Tips

Declutter Your Mind

When we talk about hoarders, we automatically think of people who collect crap in their homes. We never consider all the junk we collect in our minds. I bet there is a lot of stuff in your mind that you don’t need to hold onto. To-do lists. Cringe-inducing memories. Grievances against colleagues/family members/friends/fill-in-the-blank.

To-do lists are the easiest to deal with. Write it down. Once it’s recorded, you don’t need remember it. Et voila! Less clutter in your mind. (I would suggest keeping one to-do list – less stressful than trying to keep track of multiple lists)

As for the bad memories and resentments that have built up – burn them! Not literally. I don’t mean set fire to your head. 😉

Write them down on paper and then burn them. Put in all the emotion you are feeling – don’t hold back. Then watch it go […]

By |December 16th, 2014|Mental Clarity, Mind Body Medicine|0 Comments