Ear to Ear!

We are experiencing an unexpected and unprecedented time – quite literally living through each day of a major historical event. Our market-based, hyper-individualistic culture is rethinking the tenets of how we live with others, and many people are now embracing the principle of ‘look after each other’ – a value that has been diminishing for […]


Written by Margie Donlon, doctoral level Psychologist, NYC 1. Stick to a routine. Go to sleep and wake up at a reasonable time, write a schedule that is varied and includes time for work as well as self-care. 2. Dress for the social life you want, not the social life you have. Get showered and dressed […]

Strategies for maintaining mental wellness during the pandemic

Over the next few months, we are focusing our posts on strategies for maintaining mental wellness during the pandemic – tips for things we can all do during such stressful times. These include focusing on the foundation of good mental health : quality sleep exercise a healthy diet  as well as cognitive strategies and stress […]

I watched 13 Reasons Why (Netflix) with my kids.

I watched 13 Reasons Why (Netflix) with my kids. I heard a lot of controversy about the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why before I even became aware of its existence (or even considered watching it). The reactions from media commentators and from schools peaked my interest. As a psych, I am always interested in psychological […]

The first session of counselling: a brief Q & A

Attending counselling can be a little overwhelming, and a lot of people are quite anxious about what will happen. Below are a number of questions that clients have prior to their first session, and some tips to help you be prepared. What do I need to bring? Bring your referral letter, Mental Health Care Plan […]

I don’t want to go to school

As we settle back into the school year for most children and families there is an adjustment phase before we get back “to normal”. The reality for some children (and families) is the departure off to school is not always met with happiness and excitement. Some children experience a considerable aversive (fear) reaction to the […]

New 10 Easy ways to get moving

I’ve been reading a really interesting book lately about exercise, overcoming depression and improving well-being. The authors Michael Otto and Jasper Smits explain the mental health benefits of exercise. 1.Its preventative. People who exercise regularly are less vulnerable to depression and anxiety, and exercise is linked to decreased stress 2.It’s a treatment. Exercise helps people […]