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The Difference Between Psychotherapy and Counselling

This blog was written by CFSSC Clinician: Catherine Davey, RSW, MSW Candidate The terms counseling and psychotherapy are often used interchangeably, but there is a subtle and distinctive difference. Psychotherapy defined Psychotherapy is often treatment-based to address mental health issues such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders etc. It can be used in tandem with medication […]

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Gratitude- A Powerful Skill

Today’s blog was written by CFSSC Clinician Kelly Major, MSW, RSW. Living in the 21st century comes with many challenges and life stressors. Many people find their days filled with never-ending to-do lists of things they would like to accomplish while trying to manage the barriers that come up when trying to work towards their […]

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What is Mindfulness and Why is it Important?

Today’s blog was written by CFSSC Clinician Royce Tucker, B.A. (Hons.) Psychology., M.C. Counselling Psychology., RP., C.C.C. What is mindfulness? Mindfulness has its origins in the Buddhist tradition as a way to focus consciousness, increase present moment awareness and develop compassion and kindness towards self and other beings. It’s more of a way of being, rather […]

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Fighting Seniors Isolation with Slow Cooker Club

The Parish Outreach to Senior’s project has been a really impactful initiative in Simcoe County and Peel Dufferin. This project has helped to build community and relationships for seniors by providing them with social companionship. Catholic Family Services in Simcoe County and Peel Dufferin have partnered with 6 Parishes to provide this service through the […]

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Increasing Access to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Ontario

What We’re Doing CFSSC has been taking part in an exciting new pilot initiative called the Increasing Access to Structured Psychotherapy (IASP) demonstration project. Currently, the project aims to increase the availability of evidence-based psychological treatments for individuals with mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety in Ontario. During participation in this project, clients access individual and/or […]

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Top 10 Anxiety Management Techniques

  The following was adapted from Margaret Wehrenberg’s book Ten Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques.   Anxiety can be defined as a feeling of worry or nervousness related to a real or an imagined event. Brief anxiety can help us adapt to our environment by motivating and keeping us safe. For example, being cautious around an area […]

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Intimacy and its Importance in Relationships

Today’s blog is by CFSSC Clinician, Lisa Pelletier The topic of intimacy comes up a lot in couples counselling. Many couples often describe intimacy with their partners as being “lost” over time. Intimacy is defined as “a close, familiar, and usually affectionate or loving personal relationship with another person or group”.  Intimacy in relationships In long-term relationships, couples often find they let intimacy slide or take it for granted. It is important […]

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Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County is Opening a Huntsville Walk-In Counselling Clinic

CFSSC is opening a Walk-In Counselling Clinic in Huntsville on Friday January 12th. FREE Walk-In Counselling Services will be available every Friday from 9:30am-3:00pm at 348 Muskoka Road 3 North, Suite 102. This expansion will be the 6th CFSSC location where individuals, couples, and families can access FREE Walk-In Counselling services. CFSSC currently offers FREE […]

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Using Grounding to Detach from Emotional Pain

Source: Lisa Najavits, PhD   WHAT IS GROUNDING? Grounding is a set of simple strategies to detach from emotional pain (for example, drug cravings, self-harm impulses, anger, sadness). Distraction works by focusing outward on the external world—rather than inward toward the self. You can also think of it as “distraction”, centering,” “a safe place,” looking […]

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