Category Archives: Articles & Books

Introduction to Mindful Living

Next Group January 15 – February 19, 2015 Take a step toward a greater quality of life with a seasoned teacher and cultivate your understanding of the basic principles of living mindfully. Over six weeks, our Intro to Mindful Living program guides participants through a variety of mindfulness practices in an open and supportive environment.     The […]

Congratulations to Siren Busch!

We are very happy to congratulate Siren on passing all of her exams and achieving the full license to practice as a Psychological Associate! Psychological Associates are members of The College of Psychologists of Ontario and possess a masters degree in psychology. To become licensed, Psychological Associates will typically work in the field of psychology […]

What is Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)?

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 sessions. The reason EFT works so well is that it directly addresses the three questions that we […]

The Importance of Self-Regulation

CBC Radio’s program Ideas aired a fascinating documentary on June 16 about the importance of helping children develop their capacity to self-regulate. The broad category of ‘self-regulation’ refers to a group of abilities that includes being aware of and able to change emotional states, moving the focus of attention from any one thing to any other […]

New Fear of Flying Program Really Took Off!

  This spring saw the launch of the very first of Shift Cognitive Therapy + Assessment’s new Flying Without Fear program and it was an absolute success. Five people attended the 2-day workshop, which was held in our Oakville offices over 2 Saturdays at the end of April. A few weeks later, we rented an […]

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

We get stuck in habits because we do them automatically, without thought. Doing something differently requires that we bring our awareness to the process and keep working at the changes over time. Things stay the same when we don’t. The poem below by the late Portia Nelson reflects this beautifully. Autobiography in Five Short Chapters […]

“Exercise is Medicine and Physicians Need to Prescribe It!”

That was the gist of a recent article in the Toronto Star’s Weekend Life section. It spoke about the growing list of scientific evidence showing that exercise “is the much needed vaccine to prevent chronic disease and premature death.” While you might say that doesn’t exactly qualify as ‘news’ (who among us didn’t already know […]

Managing Traumatic Stress Following a Mass Transportation Disaster

A mass transportation disaster involves the community as a whole, in addition to those who are directly involved. Families, friends, and residents of a community tied to a transportation disaster often experience a ripple effect of grief and sadness. Emotional responses following any traumatic event  may vary from person to person as each individual deals […]

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