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I am frequently asked what the difference is between a Marriage and Family Therapist, a Psychiatrist, or Psychologist. Below is a description of what each professional does:

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I just finished watching “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”. It is the story of a boy entering in to a new season of his life - high school. It is a story about the human condition; the deep desire to be accepted, to matter to someone, and to find healing within those relationships. The movie highlights the relationships that profoundly changed the character’s life, both positively and negatively. The beauty of the movie lies in the breadth of relationships the character experienced and what that means to him. It reminded me of the relationships that have profoundly shaped who I am today.

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A big part of my practice is connecting people with quality resources. This month I'd like to highlight Mike Reynolds. Mike is a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker. Mike offers workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching. He aids your personal and professional growth through study and practical application of John’s proven leadership methods. Working together, Mike will move you and/or your team or organization in the desired direction to reach your goals. Helping teams and individuals move forward is Mike's passion.

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Recently, my two-year old daughter was admitted to Sick Kids. The doctors suspected she had a serious viral infection, but there was a possibility that she may have Leukemia. We endured two extremely arduous moments waiting for blood-work results, and a bone-marrow biopsy to determine whether Leukemia was present. Over our five-day journey, we saw many specialists, nurses, nurse-practitioners, and surgeons. My wife and I were very impressed with the continuity of care; every doctor and nurse was completely up to speed on the case, and knew the care plan.

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I believe we are all in pursuit of something meaningful in our lives, and, for most, a healthy relationship provides meaning. But, what does a healthy relationship look like? We first become attracted to another because of eros love. This is the chemistry kind of love, the erotic love, the love that is full of butterflies and roses! It is the kind of love that feels so powerful and intense. But, this kind of love is fleeting; it lasts for moment in the broad scheme of things. Agape love on the other hand, is a love based on commitment, on values, on friendship.

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I have had the privilege to listen to, and be part of the story of many people's lives in my practice.  I view our lives as a series of events, and we connect these events in a way that create a story of who we are.  These stories are usually developed from a belief that we have about ourselves, and then we look for events in our life to validate such belief.  We tend to focus on the negative and are often our own worst critic.  When we do this, we create a narrow view of who we are; we do not encompass all of us.

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Do you want to be happy?  Of course you do, that is a silly question!  I hear over and over, "I just want to be happy!"  What does that mean when people say that?  What is happiness really?  I believe happiness is something that is momentary, it is something that is fleeting and does not last.  When I bought my first brand new car, I felt happy.  I was excited, I was anxious in anticipation of what it would be like to own a new car.  Those first few months were great!  I enjoyed the new car smell, the way it drove, keeping it clean, etc.

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Recently, good friends of mine gave birth to a beautiful baby boy.  His arrival came six weeks earlier than expected, but his parents were ready to welcome him into this world and their loving family.  Very early into his life, he developed major complications which meant that his life would not be sustainable.  My friend's lives went from experiencing jubilation to terror.  He was transferred to Sick Kids Hospital to be cared for.  Essentially, my friends were in the position where they were waiting for their son to die.  But, my friends chose a different path.  They decided to celebrate e

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There are a number of books and articles on relationships available.  You may be wondering where to start when educating yourself on relationships.  Here are the top three books I recommend my couple's read.

"Hold Me Tight" by Sue Johnson

"7 Principles for Making Marriage Work" by John Gottman

"The Five Love Languages" by Chapman

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I recently made a guest appearance on "Single in the City", a new Rogers Cable Television series hosted by Dorothy Weiss. I spoke about what healthy and unhealthy relationships look like. The purpose of the program is to show you that being Single in the City should be a great time in your life. Single in the City will empower and inspire ‘singles’ to enjoy the abundance of opportunities available to them. Different perspectives and opinions on dating are featured throughout.