Our blog

Live.Work.Well. - What is counselling anyway?

We've all heard the stories of Sigmund Freud, an Austrian Psychiatrist who started a clinical practice in 1886 in Vienna. He founded Psychoanalysis, a totally new approach to well-being that addressed mental health through talk therapy based on scientific research, rather than using a strictly medical model to reduce "pain or illness" with medicine. A lot has changed, including 130 years of research and evidence to support the efficacy of counselling, or talk therapy. 

 To continue reading, click on the link below to open the full newsletter.

Oct 9-15th 2022 is OCD Awareness Week


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, OCD, is frequently misrepresented and misunderstood. It’s not uncommon to hear someone say “oh, I’m so OCD” when they double-check that the door is locked, or the shoes are lined up neatly on the porch. It’s a phrase often used by many who are usually not suffering from OCD. These light-hearted phrases can actually be hurtful and invalidating to individuals experiencing OCD, as it minimizes the distress and major life disruption that OCD can cause.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day

This September 30th, 2022 marks the 2nd annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day, an event that has been recognized annually since 2013. This is a day to honour and uphold survivors and intergenerational survivors of the residential school system, and to commemorate those who didn’t return home.

Walking with Intention

As the rain starts to recede and the sun makes more of an appearance in our little part of the world, getting outside can become an easier and more enjoyable way to spend the day. A simple and pleasurable outdoor activity for many people is going for a walk (and for those who are unable to walk, rolling in a wheelchair can be equally pleasurable).

June is Pride Month!

It’s already half-way through Pride Month! We wanted to take the opportunity to highlight some of the upcoming events happening in our community, share some resources, and talk about UIC’s commitment to providing a safe space for all. Pride Month recognizes the impact LGBTQ2S+ individuals have had locally and across the globe. It means many different things to people, it can be a celebration, but also a time of mourning and activism.

Gratitude & Happiness

It seems that most people recognize gratitude as generally positive. However, not everyone may be aware of how gratitude is associated with happiness, or how gratitude can be intentionally cultivated. Fewer still, are likely to engage in regular gratitude practices. Hopefully, the following information can help change that in a beneficial way for you!

Tips for Tough Conversations

I have no doubt that over the past 2 years of living with Covid-19, feelings of fear and anxiety have surfaced for most of us. Sometimes these feelings can be overcome by anger, a natural response to a perceived threat. When anger takes over, our ability to reason and think logically decrease, while our instinctual motivation toward action can lead to confrontation.


Building Connections to Beat the Blues

Through the past couple of years stress has been accumulating for many of us and our strategies for coping have been limited. Planning social time is difficult when the weather doesn’t accommodate outside gatherings and limitations are required for meeting indoors.