Ellis

I recently went through a transition in my life, and it has reminded me how important self-care is. Whenever one goes through a transition, for example, job loss, loss of a loved one, getting married, having a baby, moving house, starting university/college/new job, etc., it is so important to implement self-care strategies. For me it is important that I have structure in my life, a strong support network, exercise, healthy eating, and time for fun or something to look forward to.

Ellis

As of February 28, 2011, I am in my new office which is located at 4291 Village Centre Court, Suite 201, Mississauga, ON L4Z 1S2. I am very excited about this new location. It is centrally located in Mississauga, just east of Square One, south of the 403. My new office is on the top floor of a brown-stone style business centre, with a view of the court yard. My hope is that this location will be warm and inviting for all my clients.

I still have associates located at 100 Matheson Blvd. E. and 89 Queensway W., so I hope these locations will serve you well.

Cheers

Ellis

This picture reminds me that despite the current stressors/adversity in our lives, there is always hope.  We need to take steps towards hope in order to realize it!

Ellis

I wish everyone health and contentment in this new year.

Ellis

Ellis

The holiday season can be an exceptionally difficult time of year for many.  This may be a time for you where very painful memories are triggered, for example, from the loss of a loved one, and/or painful memories of the the holidays from your upbringing, and for some, it triggers lonliness.  For others, the interaction with in-laws can be very challenging, and it may require every once of patience and tolerance you have to get through the holidays unscathed!  During this time, it is imperative that you are taking good care of yourself.  You can do this by setting healthy boundaries for you

Ellis

Take a look at the great work Dr. Chris Brook's team is doing in Malawi.

http://www.calgaryherald.com/opinion/Canadian+impact+battling+AIDS+lifel...

Ellis

On Friday November 19th at 7pm, I will be hosting a free seminar on how to cope with anxiety.  The speaker will be Registered Marriage and Family Therapist, and former educator, Iris Armstrong.  If you are someone who struggles with worry and/or anxiety, or you know someone who does, then this free seminar is for you.  I encourage you to invite your friends and come out on Friday.

Date: Friday November 19th, 2010
Time: 7pm
Location: West Edge Outreach Centre. 4 Mississauga Rd. N.

Refreshments will be served.
Free child care.

Ellis

I led a team of volunteers to Malawi for two weeks to work with Lifeline Malawi, a primary medical NGO. This was my second trip to Sub-Sahara Africa, and the impact was as great as my first trip seven years ago. Seven years ago, I was part of a team that ran day camps for orphans. Kids would walk for miles to come to our "rinky-dink" day camps, and they loved it. My most recent trip was a building project. The team raised $35K to build a nursing staff house (duplex) as part of Lifeline's maternity clinic.

Ellis

I just returned from a two week vacation in Scotland. While I was there, I was reminded of the importance of rest. How many of us work ourselves to exhaustion for 50 weeks of the year, only to have 2 weeks of reprieve. I wish I could say I am different from the rest, but I fall into the same traps of busyness. I believe it is so important to find pause and rest within our daily lives. Most of us will say that we don't have the time, but we make time for the things that are important to us. It is time that we all make the necessary arrangements within our schedules to have daily rest.

Ellis

If we are honest with ourselves, most of us would say that there have been times in our lives when we should have sought professional help, but we talked ourselves out of it. You may have said something like: "I would see a counsellor, but I am too busy right now", or "It's not really that bad, so I'll just wait and see", or "I can handle this, I don't need to talk to some quak!". We all have our 'buts', and if we continue to allow our 'buts' to run our lives, we will remain stuck.