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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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Dealing with Holiday Blues

The winter holiday season, including Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s, is typically a fun and happy time for most, filled with parties, social gatherings and get-togethers with friends and family. However, for some, this time of the year is filled with sadness, self-reflection, stress, loneliness, and anxiety. “Holiday Blues” can affect those already living with […]

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A new way to get informed about CFSSC’s Walk-In Counselling clinics

CFSSC has partnered with ConnexOntario You can now get connected with Walk-In Counselling services through ConnexOntario- Health Services Information. About ConnexOntario: ConnexOntario provides free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness or gambling. They are funded by the Government of Ontario. ConnexOntario operates three helplines that provide […]

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Managing Conflict Well: Listening Before Reacting

Today’s blog was written by one of our in-house clinicians: Ricky Giesbrecht, MA, RP, CCC. Conflict can be messy, especially if emotions are spiked and the issues are personal. It can be especially difficult to respond to anger, volatility, and reactivity. Very few of us could be considered master communicators, who can calmly navigate a treacherous conversation. […]

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How Exercise Can Help with Homework

Today’s blog is courtesy of the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka School is back in full swing and that means homework! Many students and parents adopt a similar philosophy for success – clear your schedule, buckle down and focus. Although the intention is great, prioritizing school tasks is not always the right answer. By focusing solely on […]

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