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.

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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

Posted on January 25th, 2017

Today is Bell Let's Talk day! So what does that mean?

 ​Bell Let’s Talk Day is about increasing awareness, reducing stigma and helping to change behaviours and attitudes about mental health issues. Bell is using social media to raise money and awareness for mental health initiatives. 

​What does stigma mean in the context of mental illness and why must it be addressed?
Many people living with a mental illness report that negative stereotypes about mental illness, and the resulting potential for discrimination, causes them more suffering than the illness itself. As a result, two thirds of those suffering from mental illness are too afraid to seek the help that they need. Mental illness affects people of all ages and from all walks of life. It can take many forms, including depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. Most individuals find ways to live with their illnesses but how they are treated by others often proves to be more of a challenge than the illness itself.

What can a reduction in the stigma associated with mental illness achieve?
Stigma surrounded many diseases in the past, but concerted efforts to confront these attitudes resulted in change for the better, including better treatment, more funding for research, and greater understanding from family, friends and colleagues. The goal is to achieve the same level of acceptance and understanding regarding mental illness.

Now that you know more about why this day (and everyday) is so important to end the stigma around mental can you help?

​What is the call to action for people to participate?
On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will contribute 5 cents to mental health related initiatives for every text message sent, and mobile and long distance call made by Bell and Bell Aliant customers, every tweet and Instagram post using #BellLetsTalk, Facebook video view and use of the Bell Let’s Talk geofilter on Snapchat. Canadians can also learn more about the five simple ways to end stigma and download the Bell Let’s Talk toolkit and begin their own conversation about mental health at home, school or in the workplace. 

​How can people who are not Bell customers support Bell Let’s Talk Day?
Everyone can take part by tweeting or posting on Instagram using #BellLetsTalk, by viewing the Bell Let's Talk Day video on Facebook and by using the Bell Let’s Talk geofilter on Snapchat. They can also download the Bell Let’s Talk toolkit and start a conversation about mental health. Canadians can also learn more about the five simple ways to end stigma. Our anti-stigma ads can be found on the Bell Canada YouTube account.

What can I do to help end stigma?
Dr. Heather Stuart, the first Bell Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair at Queen's University, offers these 5 simple ways to communicate about mental illness without fear or stigma: 
  • Language matters: pay attention to the words you use about mental illness
  • Educate yourself: learn, know and talk more, understand the signs
  • Be kind: small acts of kindness speak a lot
  • Listen and ask: sometimes it's best to just listen
  • Talk about it: start a dialogue, break the silence
We hope you find this information helpful, let's all take the steps to reducing stigma and letting people know that it's okay to talk about it! #BellLetsTalk

Posted on January 24th, 2017

We would like to welcome you to our new blog here at Phoenix Counselling!

Janine and Lisa are excited to be able to have a place to share articles, education, and news from the office with our clients and followers!

Stay tuned for our first post tomorrow for Bell Let's Talk Day!


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