Facing Adversity Amidst Global Turmoil
by Angie Kingma on November 1st, 2023
As I was thinking of what to share for this month’s newsletter and blog, I couldn’t help but think about what’s been coming up so much in recent therapy sessions in relation to the ongoing global unrest. It's evident that the events transpiring worldwide are deeply impacting many of our clients, resonating with their emotions and daily lives. The suffering and heartbreak that many are enduring acr...
The Science Behind Fall's Effects on Mental Health
by Angie Kingma on October 1st, 2023
The golden hues of falling leaves, the cozy embrace of a chunky sweater, and the first sip of a pumpkin spice latte — the fall season is known for its charm and picturesque beauty. However, beyond the aesthetic and romanticized depiction of autumn, for some it can also bring with it a shift in our mental well-being. Understanding the impact of the fall season on our mental health can be important ...
The Backpack of Worries: Learning to Unpack and Lighten the Load
by Angie Kingma on September 1st, 2023
It's that time of the year again. The aisles of stores are lined with fresh notebooks, vibrant pens, and, of course, brand-new
The Power of Laughter: A Mindfulness Approach to Health and Happiness
by Angie Kingma on August 1st, 2023
Q: Why do mindfulness students love going to airports?A: Because they might get a free body scan!Laughter is a universal language that has the ability to uplift us, connect us with others, and infuse our day with positivity. From a mental health perspective, laughter serves as a balm, a restorative force that reduces stress, anxiety, and depression while boosting our mood and outlook on life. As t...
Walk and Talk Therapy: A Step Forward in Mental Health Care
by Angie Kingma on June 28th, 2023
As a psychotherapist with 23 years of experience, I've had the privilege of working with many clients, each with their unique needs and circumstances. I've found that not all therapeutic modalities suit everyone. That's why I'm constantly exploring different approaches that cater to my clients' diverse preferences. One of these innovative strategies is "Walk and Talk Therapy," a method that's been...
Embracing the Present: A Dive into Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
by Angie Kingma on June 1st, 2023
As the pace of life quickens, and with an overwhelming influx of information and stimuli, maintaining a healthy state of mind can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. However, amidst all these challenges, a beacon of hope emerges in the form of an increasingly popular therapeutic approach - Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). This is now an evidence-based 8-week program that now has decad...
A Deep Dive into the Transformative Power of Brainspotting
by Angie Kingma on May 1st, 2023
Brainspotting therapy is an innovative form of therapy that is gaining popularity among mental health professionals and clients alike. Colleague friends who have been trained in both EMDR and Brainspotting shared that they had been preferring Brainspotting, which prompted an interest in getting trained. After two years and three levels of Brainspotting training and consultation, I am now a Certif...
Spring Has Sprung: A Season of Renewal and Revitalization for Your Mental Health
by Angie Kingma on April 1st, 2023
April has finally arrived, and as the weather starts to warm up and the flowers begin to bloom, we welcome the arrival of spring! We are reminded of the beauty and resilience of nature as it awakens from its winter slumber. It is a time of new beginnings, growth, and change and can put a little bounce in our step. For many of us, springtime is a time of renewed energy and inspiration. This season ...
Mindfulness To Help Cope with the Winter Blues
by Angie Kingma on March 1st, 2023
As the winter months drag on, many of us tend to experience a dip in our mood and energy levels. In some cases, this can develop into a more serious condition known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). However, there are some ways to overcome the winter blues, and one of them is through mindfulness. In this blog post, we will explore how you can use mindfulness to boost your mood, and also touch ...
Mindfulness in the Workplace: Strategies for Staying Present and Productive on the Job
by Angie Kingma on February 1st, 2023
Unfortunately, mental health problems are a growing concern in Canada. In fact, at least 1 in 5 people will experience a mental health
Bell Let's Talk Day - Attitude is Everything: How Flexible Thinking Can Improve Your Mental Health
by Angie Kingma on January 25th, 2023
As we commemorate Bell Let’s Talk Day, it’s the perfect time to think about what mental health is all about. Mental health is obviously a complex thing. It’s not simply the absence of mental illness symptoms but it’s about feeling balanced physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually. But each individual is so different and what’s right for one person might not be right for another. That ...
Balancing Change with “Radical Acceptance”: Getting Unstuck and Moving Forward in Life
by Angie Kingma on January 3rd, 2023
Although at this time of year, many people are talking about trying to make things different, there is actually significant value which exists in accepting reality just as it is.“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I change” ~ Carl RogersAccept myself…as I am??? (yikes!) This is a challenging concept for so many and for others it can feel impossible. Self-criticism ...