For this weeks #WellnessWednesday blog we take a look at strategies to manage difficult conversations in the work place. Even with a group of therapists, these sorts of conversations can be challenging. FLEX's resident blogger and psychotherapist Jessica Danilewitz prrovides some good strategies that can apply to any tough conversation.
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Everyone can get stuck once and a while. FLEX Therapist and Blogger Jessica Danilewitz digs into the work of Marsha Linehan and explores the "four options" one has when feeling stuck with a problem. Not ever option will apply to a situation, but there may be an option not being considered that provides a better outcome. It is a brief and easy read, CLICK HERE for this weeks #WellnessWednesday.
For this weeks #WellnessWednesday, FLEX Psychotherapist Jessica discusses when and why someone may seek professional support for a problem they are trying to resolve or change they are trying to make. She highlights how the positive psychology movement transitions the therapy suite from an environment aimed to resolve problems to a domain where we can plant the seats of growth and wellness. It's a brief and accessible read and available by clicking here.
Many of FLEX's clients are about to enter into first term final exams, which means everyone is clamouring for studying strategies. Fortunately, this weeks Wellness Wednesday is taking a look at how human memory works, and uses what we know about attention, encoding, and retention to help file memories properly and make them retreivable when it counts.
Even if you are long past exams, this is a great post to help you recognize why you are losing track of those important to-do's in your daily life. CLICK HERE to read this weeks #WellnessWednesday.
FLEX therapist and resident blogger is back with an update on what she learned from taking the challenge of picking up a new hobby. As she expected, there were some lessons along the way that can certainly add value to many other aspects of life.
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Half of the media you will see this week will be about resolving to make real change in 2020, while the other half will be about acceptance and avoidance of the resolution trend. We resolve to help you on both of these journeys. Join us all month on FLEX's blogs and social accounts as we try to grow together and accept failure.
Pre-Resolution: Accepting Feedback (Wellness Wednesday with Jessica)
Chapter 1: New Year, New You? (Wellness Wednesday with Jessica)
Chapter 2: Maintaining Resolutions (Wellness Wednesday with Jessica)
The ability to see one's situations through an alternative perspective is the core of many psychotherapeutic models. FLEX's founder, Michael Decaire, discusses how his own ability to challenge his perceptions was fostered on this weeks Self-Disclosure blog.
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We are amidst the early days of resolution season at FLEX, which is ironically placed right after the holidays to likely maximize our gluttony related guilt. Resident blogger and psychotherapist Jessica Danilewitz is back for another #WellnessWednesday, this time looking at how we considering and accepting feedback and criticism from others can help us experience more meanigful growth.
CLICK HERE to read Jessica's musings and come back next week for some more resolution guidance.
Because we can only watch so much Baby Yoda, FLEX Therapist and Blogger Jessica Danilewitz is recommending we take the time to binge NETFLIX's The Mind Explained this holiday season. Take a look at her thoughts on #WellnessWednesday to see if this is the series for you.
To help you manage the stress of having to wait another week for another edition of #WellnessWednesday, FLEX blogger and therapist Jessica Danilewitz does a deep dive into patience. You are probably excited to read it right away, so let us say being impulsive this time around is alright.
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FLEX's founder, Michael Decaire, has shared another long form piece on his website Self-Disclosure. This week, Michael explores how he uses genealogical research to foster increased connections within his family. Described as, geneatherapy, Michael discusses story telling traditions and how our modern lives have moved us away from this powerful way to connect with ourselves and those we care about.
You can CLICK HERE to read about Geneatherapy and how it could become a powerful way for you to feel more connected.
Due to the popularity of FLEX's first external blog, Wellness Wednesday with Jessica Danilewitz, we are proud to introduce our readers to FLEX's newest blog project: Self-Disclosure with FLEX's founder Michael Decaire.
Each week (or so), Michael will discuss some health and wellness topics that have had personal meaning to him over the years. At times, Michael promises to divert to general commentary on psychological practice, community mental health advocacy, and other topics that are dear to him. The blog will be of interest to the public, our clients, and our professional peers.
Michael's first two entries are live now, with more to come in the weeks ahead:
Chapter 1: Welcome to Self-Disclosure
Chapter 2: Mindfulness - Attention and Intention
Parents and educators know how valuable play is for children. It is an opportunity to explore the world with an open mind and learn how to navigate the world adaptively. Play provides lessons that cannot be learned by sitting at a desk or being stuck in one's habitual routines. Curiously, many of us seem to presume that this opportunity for growth ends when we enter adulthood. This week #WellnessWednesay blogger and FLEX therapist Jessica Danilewitz breaks from her routine and jumps into a new hobby to see what learning opportunities lay ahead.
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FLEX's resident blogger Jessica Danilewitz is back for another #WellnessWednesday. This time Jessica looks at how we can be informed by the traditional parenting styles of other cultures to find a new way to engage with our children and promote self-regulation in the face of strong emotions. It is an interesting look at how we can examine the old way (for many) to find a new way (for us).
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Last week FLEX therapist and blogger Jessica Danilewitz explored the concept of mindfulness and how it can assist us to move through life in a more aware and deliberate manner. As mindfulness is always a hot topic, Jessica is back with an exploration of how tools like the Muse Headband can provide a bit of support and accelerate your mindfulness journey. It is a popular tool at our clinic with both staff and clients and something that has certainly led to significant gains for a lot of those we support.
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FLEX Psychotherapist and Wellness Wednesday blogger Jessica Danilewitz provides a great look at we really mean when we encourage clients to be more mindful. Mindfulness is something many our our clients have put on their to-do lists, but few of them really know what it means. Jessica does a great job of introducing the core concepts of mindfulness to help people take that first step to being more present.
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FLEX therapist and resident wellness blogger Jessica Danilewitz is back for another #WellnessWednesday offering. This week, Jessica provides the tough questions we all should ask ourselves when evaluating our relationships, how they are working for us now and, whether they will likely work for us in the future. Jessica does not provide the answers, but these questions will undoubtedly guide readers in understanding how their relationships meet their needs, when change needs to occur, and whether those changes can be made within the current relationships they have.
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FLEX's star blogger and psychotherapist Jessica Danilewitz is back for another #WellnessWednesday entry. This week Jessica is discussing journaling as a tool for challenging fleeting thoughts and fostering gratitude. Gratitude journaling is a powerful, research supported, and relativley easy activity that can make real change in one's life in a relatively short period of time.
Jump over to Wellness Wednesday for some of Jessica's thoughts on journaling and how it can support your wellness journey.
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Over at Wellness Wednesday, FLEX Psychology's Jessica Danilewitz is starting a series on "change". Recognizing the need for change can be challenging, but there are signs along the way that can highlight the need to look for a different path forward. The road towards change requires multiple steps and people can find a number of barriers ahead of them. Join Jessica each week as she explores recognizing the need for and then tackling change one step at a time.
Change Week 1: Recognizing the Need for Change
Change Week 2: Readiness for Change
Change Week 3: Fear of Change
Change Week 4: Getting a Helping Hand on Your Change Journey
FLEX Therapist and Blogger Jessica Danilewitz has been running an Exploring Therapy series that takes her readers through an introductory dive into some of the treatments offered by members of the FLEX team. Other members of the FLEX team will be also offering some guest posts during throughout the series, as Jessica practices a little #Wellness on her own for a late summer getaway.
Week 1: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Author: Jessica Danilewitz)
Week 2: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Guest: Michael Decaire)
Week 3: Emotion Focused Therapy (Guest: Jennifer Marcus)
Week 4: Clinical Hypnosis (Guest: Michael Decaire)
FLEX Psychotherapist and Wellness Blogger Jessica Danilewitz looks at the many competing demands we need to balance each day and how one can integrate self-care into their journey to help maintain that balance. Another great and simple read that can add to all of our wellness journeys. CLICK HERE to visit Wellness Wednesday and help compliment your own self-care regime.
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FLEX Psychotherapist Jessica Danilewitz has another #WellnessWednesday post up on her blog. This week Jessica looks at some of the smallest things we can do to really turn around a negative day or moment. It is certainly true that some of the littlest things we do can have the biggest difference in any particular moment. A good read and an easy opportunity to turn your day around. CLICK HERE to read Wellness Wednesday.
FLEX Therapist and Blogger Jessica Danilewitz shared a timely Wellness Wednesday post this week that dug in to the experience of travel anxiety. While we often long for time away from our daily grind, it is not unusual for the first steps towards that vacation to bring on a whole new set of anxieties. CLICK HERE to see Jessica's thoughts on why travel anxiety occurs and how you can reframe it to have a better start to your time away.
This #WellnessWednesday has FLEX therapist Jessica Danilewitz looking at why tears can come out in treatment and why that is ok. While some people will be fearful of crying, this is usually a fear of embarrassment that is definitely not warranted in therapy. CLICK HERE to visit Jessica's Wellness Wednesday blog to learn about some of the benefits of crying and why it is also alright if those tears never arrive.
FLEX Therapist and Blogger Jessica Danilewitz returns for another #WellnessWednesday Book Club entry. This month Jessica shares The Ripple Effect by Greg Wells. The Ripple Effect explores how our actions and behaviours overlap to contribute to a pattern of wellness or struggle. It also discusses how a series of small changes can compound for impressive benefits in our daily lives.
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