In discussing ways we can diversify helping our community, it was decided that each staff member would write a submission for a blog. We left it open ended as there are MANY topics within the genre of mental health, just something that interests each staff member. This will hopefully offer others the opportunity to get to know our staff in … Read More


I will be the first to tell you that I have never studied psychology in an academic capacity, not in the slightest. When I began working as a receptionist at Maple Leaf Clinic a little over a year ago, I had a very basic framework of personal, independently acquired knowledge on different mental health conditions, learning disabilities, and genetic syndromes; … Read More

Words Matter

“She has food issues”.  “It’s his behavior”.  “She doesn’t listen”.  “They were being unsafe”.  As a counselor, evaluator, and instructor these are phrases that I have heard countless times from clients, students, teachers, and colleagues, as they attempt to convey the struggles, challenges, and pain that eventually lead people to seek psychotherapy, supportive counseling, and/or clinical evaluation.  Such phrases can … Read More

New Year

There is an age old saying, “new year, new me”, but what does that mean for us as individuals?  Why do we feel that we need to make changes to our lives or set certain goals for ourselves just because it is a new year?  Why do we have to wait until it is a new year?  Is it because … Read More


As a graduate student studying psychology and counseling back in the late nineteen eighties and early nineties, many assignments in my program involved writing papers to demonstrate what I was learning to prepare me to work in the field.  One of these assignments was more open-ended than others, writing about a topic of my choosing, related to psychology, which was … Read More

Knowing Yourself

Who are you?  It can be one of the first questions we ask someone when we meet, or one of the most critical pieces of information we can have before interacting with another person.  This deceptively simple yet complex piece of information directs our actions, impressions, and intentions at even the most basic level.  Despite the importance of knowing other … Read More