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Using Willpower: Set Yourself Up For Success

Many consider September to be the ‘other’ New Year because its arrival signals the end of summer vacation and the start of school. This return to routine and so-called ‘regular life’ is also a time when many people make resolutions to improve their lives and health. However, by the start of October, when life has […]

The Role of Attachment in Infancy on Later Mental and Physical Health

The opening line from an award-winning video (see below) produced by two Ryerson University psychology students says it all when it comes to the importance of mental health: “It’s not possible to talk about health without including mental health.” Approximately 1 in every 5 Canadians experiences a mental health issue at some point in their […]

Understanding Depression

Almost everyone uses the words “I’m depressed” to describe how they are feeling from time to time. However, used in this way what it means is often unclear, referring to anything from feeling down or ‘blue’ to being stressed or run down. It is often the way people describe their feelings when they are not […]

The Trouble With Automatic Thoughts

When we begin working with new clients, the psychologists at Shift Cognitive Therapy focus first on identifying why problems are occurring. A significant component of this process involves teaching clients to appreciate their patterns of automatic thinking. We have some control over our thoughts (if you want proof, go ahead and think of something, then […]

What Psychologists Do

Psychologists are highly trained mental health specialists who focus largely on behaviour, on understanding its causes and how to change it. While people are usually aware of much of what they do, a lot of behaviour occurs on the fringes of awareness and it is there, that it can contribute to problems. For example, arguing […]

What Are Psychologists?

Many people are unsure about what psychologists are and what they do. This was illustrated in a 2011 survey of Canadian attitudes about psychologists and psychological services. Most of the almost 3000 Canadians asked believed that family doctors were the specialists to consult when it came to dealing with issues like anxiety and depression, addictions, […]

You Don’t Have to Believe in Order to Change

Changing something we don’t like about ourselves isn’t easy. In fact, it can be quite difficult because there’s nothing simpler than continuing to do what we’re already doing. A common pitfall that interferes with successful change occurs when we either give up too soon or fail to even start making change because we think we […]

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