New Harmony specializes in grief and loss experienced after death, divorce, or estrangement, as well as other losses:
· miscarriage and premature or still birth
· “empty nest”
· job loss or retirement
· physical disabilities from disease or aging
Do you recognize yourself in the following scenario?
A loved one has recently died, and the pain is suffocating you. You feel lost and abandoned since that person is gone. Some family members and friends think you should “just get over it” …but you can’t. Other family and friends refuse to mention that person’s name or get uneasy when you talk about the deceased. You can’t quit crying and you can’t sleep at night. You can’t find interest or passion in anything anymore. Even getting dressed or making a meal seems like an insurmountable chore. You wonder if you will ever feel “normal” again.
If this sounds like you (or someone you care about), please know I can help you:
· feel less alone
· sleep better
· begin to care again
· find a “new normal” for your life
I understand the difference between normal grief and “complicated mourning”. The normal grief process can become interrupted or exacerbated by factors like:
· ambivalent or highly dependent relationships
· trauma or violence
· previous losses
· concurrent stress factors
New Harmony provides healing from past trauma
· physical, emotional, or sexual abuse
· witnessing violence, death, or destruction
· vehicle accidents, natural disasters, traumatic illnesses
· cumulative trauma of military personnel and first responders
Anxiety is an emotional state of nervousness, apprehension, dread or worry. A little bit of anxiety is normal from time to time—it helps us respond appropriately in dangerous situations, so in fact it ensures human survival. When anxiety becomes overwhelming, however, and begins to interfere with our ability to cope with daily living, then it is a problem that needs a solution. Anxiety often manifests in symptoms like:
· heart palpitations, pounding, or racing heart
· shortness of breath, dizziness, or light-headedness
· nausea, cramps, or abdominal distress
· sweating or heat sensations, or chills
· muscle aches or tingling
· difficulty concentrating, restlessness
· insomnia, fatigue
Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behaviour, feelings, and sense of well-being. A depressed mood is a normal temporary reaction to life events such as the death of a loved one, or the end of a relationship, but if depression persists, it can become a problem. People with depression may:
· feel sad, anxious, or dejected
· feel hopeless, helpless, or worthless
· be easily irritable or angry
· feel ashamed or guilty
· overeat…or lack any appetite
· sleep excessively…or suffer from insomnia
Depressed people often lose interest in activities that once brought pleasure, have problems with concentration, memory, or making decisions, feel cut off from friends and family and tend to isolate themselves further, leading (sometimes) to thoughts of suicide.
If you are having difficulty managing your anxiety, or coping with depression, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can be a very helpful treatment. New Harmony routinely teaches CBT skills to clients.
· Discovering your life purpose and developing self-esteem
· Anger management and conflict resolution
· Recovering from separation and divorce
· Increasing the strength and satisfaction in your intimate relationship
· Building and nurturing your blended family
· Parenting your challenging child
E-counselling is available through a confidential video chat program called Owl Practice. Talk to me about this possibility and whether it is right for you.
our services are covered by most extended benefit plans. ohip does not cover counselling and psychotherapy services. please contact me for more information about available coverages.
Please download, print and fill out the following forms and bring them with you to your appointment. If you have any questions, please call me or email me.