Anxiety and What Your First Therapy Session Looks Like Over the course of our lives there could be many circumstances that might cause you to seek out therapy. You or someone you know may have been recommended therapy or considered going to therapy for help. But the unknowns that arise
There Are Many Types of Therapists When seeking out help for your mental health, a psychiatrist or psychologist may be the first professional that comes to mind. While only a psychiatrist can prescribe drugs, a number of other designations also serve to work with you through other methods to improve
It is an important part of therapy to connect with your therapist and to have your therapist able to connect with you. Studies show that therapy is more beneficial when you have a good relationship with your therapist. At West Wellness we would like to help facilitate better relationships with
ADHD and Productivity Everyone may experience the inability to focus: feeling impulsive and hyperactive can affect productivity at some point in your life. It doesn’t automatically mean you have ADHD. However, when these behaviors are present, persistent and causing disruption in the daily on goings of your life, there may be
How Mental Health is Affected By Transitioning Seasons We all have a season we favor and look forward to each year. Most people, when asked, will say they have a favorite season. Usually it’s followed with all the reasons why. For those that love Spring reasons might be because the
Establish Expectations That It’s Ok If Therapy Doesn’t Work Right Away When clients seek support for their mental health it’s important for the therapist to establish realistic expectations. Immediate relief is often expected but therapy doesn’t work that way. It’s important to emphasize that it’s ok if therapy doesn’t work
Understanding the Difference Between Sadness & Depression It’s important to understand the difference between experiencing normal emotions and navigating the symptoms of depression. Feeling depressed is a phrase that a lot of people throw around casually in conversation to describe negative feelings. An unhappy event has occurred. You’ve gotten some
What is PTSD? Most of us are familiar with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) mainly in reference to soldiers that have fought in wars and experienced horrific things. The truth is PTSD can take a number of forms and can affect anyone. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health
Feeling Left Behind by Peers When was the last time you felt behind your peers? Like everyone was achieving their goals and gaining traction and you were just barely past the starting line. While some are gaining promotions, or having babies, getting married, moving to a new city for their
Losing it all. Job Loss. You can lose virtually anything, things, loved ones, friends, your wifi password. You can lose things for a short while like your car keys, or forever, like a loss of a life. Some of these things we lose are mere inconveniences, car keys, wallet, your
Setting Boundaries in Relationships Setting boundaries can be one of the hardest things you will ever do. They can also be the best thing you can do for your relationship. Relationship with your parents, partner, children and the relationship with yourself. Why is setting boundaries so difficult? When it comes
Grieving is a complicated process (as we looked at in our previous article) and can be difficult to navigate. There are lots of things you can do to help with processing a loss. Finding what works may be difficult, it may bring up emotions that are difficult to feel.
Is medication right for me? – Steps you can take to find out. Often when we talk about medication it seems rather obvious. You have an infection therefore you take antibiotics. You have high blood pressure, or diabetes, or even just a cold. It is easy to decide to take
Finding Red Flags in Your Therapist It is a growing trend – a meme even – to call out red flags. Red flags in people, red flags in relationships, red flags in strangers, in situations. You name it, people are throwing out red flags, for things as silly as how
Tips for finding YOUR Therapist Improving your mental health is not a one size fits all scenario. As such, finding the therapist that works for you is key to aiding your journey. There are plenty of qualified and educated professionals out there ready to help, but what makes one counsellor
It seems scary because it is, and society and media has told us for years that getting help and seeking out therapy makes you weak. However, just like anything in our body your brain deserves to heal and you along with it deserve to heal physically and emotionally.