Tag: Mental health

Chronic Symptoms? Let’s Fix Your Breathing

Breathing Pattern DisorderIn many ways, your breathing pattern reflects your health status and health resiliency. It’s a gateway to your nervous system, cardiovascular system, and your body’s biological homeostatic mechanisms (how the body maintains balance). A Breathing Pattern Disorder can be subtle but extremely impactful: They show up in a variety of seemingly disparate symptoms and undermine many people’s attempts to heal chronic illness. Addressing Breathing Pattern Disorders is one very important way we can strengthen your entire body and help you heal.


Symptoms of a Breathing Pattern Disorder

People with a Breathing Pattern Disorder often experience a few of these symptoms:

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Suicide Prevention

Suicide preventionEastern and old-world medical approaches that existed for thousands of years before our Western conventional model, teach us that every part of our mind, body, and spirit, is connected to all other parts. Our body works like an ecosystem: Pull on one string and the others react.

Integrative and holistic practitioners sometimes struggle to convey this simple principle. It can be difficult for some people to accept: Why are we treating kidney function to address bone health? Or digestive health to address skin concerns? When it comes to mental health concerns, the interconnectedness can seem even more foreign, but overlooking it can have devastating consequences.

Research has identified some simple, common blood test results that correspond to a person’s risk of dying by suicide. This news might be shocking at first, but understandable when we really come to embrace holistic health.

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Cancer and Mental Health

Cancer mental healthCancer diagnosis can change the course of one’s life due to the huge uncertainties brought about by the course of the disease, the treatment, the prognosis, as well as debilitating complications of treatment. Consequently, patients might experience difficulties in many important areas, such as their social relationships, personal and professional performance, and their mental health.

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What Causes Depression? Apparently, not Serotonin Deficiency.

About one year into the pandemic, the renowned medical journal, The Lancet, published a study in which 34% of COVID-19 survivors were diagnosed with a new neurological or psychological condition within 6 months of infection. It’s one of the many reasons why so many members of our community are struggling with low mood and mental health concerns right now. Many conventional treatments for depression hinge on the entrenched theory that serotonin deficiency causes depression. But this theory has been questioned many times, including very recently by authors of a large review paper, who emphasize that we have no convincing evidence for this established Serotonin Hypothesis.2 It’s time to leave this myth behind us and seriously explore additional avenues of treatment for depression.

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The Optimism Test

OptimismCan you prevent depression and anxiety? The research says that yes, sometimes you can! By practicing the skill of optimism.

How we think about bad events, matters. Many healthy people and critical thinkers unknowingly tend toward pessimistic thinking and this is a known risk factor for depression. Further, cultivating the skill of optimism is protective against depression. Are you naturally a more optimistic or pessimistic thinker?

This optimism test, provided by Dr. Marty Seligman, a Positive Psychology researcher and professor at the University of Pennsylvania, is a good place to start! (Visit their website for more optimism tests and authentic happiness questionnaires.)


“A pessimist sees the difficultly in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill


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5 Keys for Creating New Habits and Lasting Positive Change

new habitsChange can be tricky to navigate. Creating and keeping new habits can be even trickier. It’s important for us to remember that anything new will take some time and effort to become part of our new “normal”.

What is “normal”? The truth is, “normal” is different for each of us. What’s normal for my body, my thoughts, my emotions, and energy, is likely very different than yours. Just because something is normal for us, doesn’t mean it’s healthy. So, we are talking about creating wonderful new habits, right? Then why are we talking about unhealthy habits? Here’s the thing: If we just mask over poor habits with new ones, the old ones can sabotage our efforts for change. We need to dismantle them first.

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Anxiety Help!

Anxiety helpIf you’re feeling more anxiety than usual right now, you’re not alone. Many of our clients are reporting feelings of anxiety that interfere with relationships, work, and sleep. It’s a natural and common response to this pandemic and the uncertainty that comes with it. It’s further amplified when our stress-relieving activities like social gatherings and weekend getaways, are not options. Here are some activities, approaches, and natural health supplements that might help you get through the next few months with less anxiety, more energy, and a greater appreciation for our inherent human resiliency and adaptability.


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Navigating the Stars: A Family Constellations Workshop Series

Family Constellationswith Sarah Knight

March 6th, 27th and April 17th, 12:30 to 4:00 pm EST, by Zoom
Tickets on Eventbrite

Family Constellations is a therapeutic and energetic method for bringing people into an embodied understanding of the connections between personal disease and dysfunction, and their family of origin and inherited ancestral trauma. In this 3-part workshop series, Family Constellations Practitioner and Reiki Master Sarah Knight will guide participants through various individual and group experiences.

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My Approach to Therapy

Therapy Dr. JodyPsychotherapy, counselling, or “talk-therapy” is a very individual process that varies greatly based on the personality and theoretical framework of the therapist, and the personality and needs of the client. I primarily work with people who struggle with high stress and anxiety and this is how I approach my work.

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Address Stress by Changing your Internal Physiology

Heart Rate VariabilityTrue or False: In healthy people, the heart rate should be stable and consistent, like a metronome.


This couldn’t be further from the truth, actually. High variability between heart beats (known as Heart Rate Variability, or HRV), in which the heart rate speeds up and slows down in each breath, is a wonderful marker of good physical health and emotional resiliency.

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