Phoenix Counselling
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Posted on May 17th, 2018

​Join us this summer for GO GRRRLS, a fun way for girls to learn about themselves and navigate the world we live in today.  This program is for girls ages 10-12.

Sessions will be 1 week long, and will be offered July 16-20 and August 13-17. 
We will be gathering from 1-4:30 PM daily during your week of choice, with a healthy snack offered every day. We’ll celebrate completion of the week with a Friday afternoon pizza party!
 
Monday: Who Am I?
*Finding your strengths and being confident in who you are

Tuesday: Positive Mindsets and Mindfulness, Handling Stress
*Learning about meditation, inner locus of control, positive outlooks and how it affects our everyday, and how to handle stress in a healthy way when it arises

Wednesday: Media Messages and Positive Relationships
*Navigating social media and fostering positive relationships in our lives

Thursday: Healthy Body, Healthy Me (Body Image, drugs and alcohol, age-appropriate sexuality)
*Learning about good nutrition and healthy exercise, creating good body image, try some yoga, learn about drugs and alcohol, and the straight facts about puberty, sex, and consent.

Friday: Planning for the Future
*Using your strengths and passions to plan for the future and find hobbies you enjoy now.  We’ll wrap up with a pizza party this day!

Cost is $350 per participant (Receipts can be written for reimbursement to submit to extended health benefit plans).
If you have any questions or would like more information or to register, please call us at (780) 842-3112, or email phoenixcounselling08@gmail.com. 

Posted on May 10th, 2018

Phoenix Integrated Health Professionals

The Science of Well-Being

​Based on the science of well-being, known formally as Psycho-Neuro-Physio-Immunology, Phoenix Counselling & Psychological Services plans to expand into Phoenix Integrated Health Professionals. What is psychoneurophysioimmunology, and why use this approach?

In non-clinical terms, this simply refers to the science of the mind-body connection, and the deeply complex, yet enduring key role it plays in unlocking your potential for optimum mental and physical health. Stress management, along with lifestyle and behaviour patterns (including cognitions/thoughts, diet, exercise, and relaxation) have been proven to be pivotal factors in both preventing and treating any chronic illness, whether mental or physical, that occurs within the human body.

Neuroscience and biomedical research is leading collective health fields toward a paradigm shift in prevention and treatment of health problems. We now know that personalized, holistic treatment programs, dictated by the individual (not just simply prescribed the clinician), who is supported by allied health/wellness resources, is necessary to achieve true health management, maintenance. Healing programs are not “one-for-all”, and should not be developed based on a criteria of symptoms alone. The goal is to address the underlying mechanisms contributing to the health problem/symptoms. This involves and in-depth, individualized journey to discover, unlock, and recover your optimum level of physical and mental health. Janine and the team of professionals at Phoenix Integrated Health will guide you on this important, life-changing (and potentially life-saving) journey.

In addition to psychology treatment, lifestyle and behaviour management strategies/considerations will be offered to the clients at Phoenix Integrated Health. These include complementary/alternative/holistic allied health treatments such as massage, meditation, private/small group yoga – all of which target overall health and assist clients in learning to relax, manage stress, and maintain more positive coping styles. Diet/nutrition and exercise/physical mobility concerns will be addressed through holistic nutrition coaching and physical trainer service.

Follow the progress towards expansion on our Facebook Page:
​www.facebook.com/PhoenixIntegratedHealth




Posted on October 10th, 2017

World Mental Health Day is every October 10th. The theme for this year is Mental Health in the Workplace. The World Health Organization says that '"During our adult lives, a large proportion of our time is spent at work. Our experience in the workplace is one of the factors determining our overall well-being." Taking care of your mental health at work, and at home, can help you to be more productive. 

Dr. Dan Siegel talks about the different aspects needed for us to have a healthy mind, as pictured above. The Healthy Mind Platter seems fitting after just celebrating thanksgiving, as we may have had full plates and full hearts, we also need to have a full and healthy mind. Here is a little insight from Dr. Siegel about each aspect of the platter:
​Focus Time - When we closely focus on tasks in a goal-oriented way, we take on challenges that make deep connections in the brain.
Play Time - When we allow ourselves to be spontaneous or creative, playfully enjoying novel experiences, we help make new connections in the brain.
Connecting Time - When we connect with other people, ideally in person, and when we take time toappreciate our connection to the natural world around us, we activate and reinforce the brain's relational circuitry.
Physical Time - When we move our bodies, aerobically if medically possible, we strengthen the brain in many ways.
Time In - When we quietly reflect internally, focusing on sensations, images, feelings and thoughts, we help to better integrate the brain.
Down Time - When we are non-focused, without any specific goal, and let our mind wander or simply relax, we help the brain recharge.
Sleep Time - When we give the brain the rest it needs, we consolidate learning and recover from the experiences of the day.

Taking time to nurture your mental health is important. Are you filling your platter in the best way for you? 

Posted on March 8th, 2017

March 8 is International Women's Day and their theme this year is Be Bold for Change. This is an opportunity to celebrate women's achievements and create a positive action for women to keep moving forward. 

Incredible things happen when we support each other. Some ways to support women on the path to gender parity are educating people about stereotypes and violence against women, volunteering for a women's charity, or mentoring a woman in your field. How will you #BeBoldforChange ?

Posted on February 23rd, 2017

We all have stress in our lives, sometimes a lot or sometimes a little. Stress can be very overwhelming but we can choose to deal with it in a positive way. 

Some ways to deal with stress are:
  • Exercise! Even going for a quick walk can help boost your mood
  • Meditation and breathing techniques can help to calm you down. There are some great Apps out there to help get you started. Try ones like Headspace, Andrew Johnson, or Insight Timer.
  • Make sure you are eating right and getting enough sleep!
  •  They say Laughter is the best medicine! Do something you enjoy, watch a funny movie, or laugh with your family or friends. 
"The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another"
-William James





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