When Good People Do Great Things for an Awesome Cause

We love seeing good people raise good money for a great cause. The Friends of WeCare family knocked another one out of the park at the 35th Anniversary Friends of We Care Dinner & Awards Gala. 

Friends of We Care is an organization dedicated to sending children with special needs and disabilities to summer camps, and more importantly, ones where their disabilities don’t limit their activities and builds enormous independence, courage, and self-confidence. Now this is something we can really get behind!

Alongside some incredibly generous prizing donations, Shift contributed a Mental Health Basics for Managers workshop, and we are humbled and astounded that we could lend a hand in raising over a million dollars for Easter Seals Canada ($1,335,179 to be exact... wow!)

Marching for Mental Health

We are so honoured to have shared the stage (and the streets!) with so many inspiring individuals this past weekend at the March for Mental Health. This was a peaceful march that started and concluded at the heart of the city, Nathan Phillips Square, to raise awareness for mental illness & addiction, and call for improvements to mental health services. 

For us, it was also a lesson in talking back to your imposter voice, speaking up and being vulnerable, and taking action in our lives and our communities to breed healthy connectivity and make space for others to do the same.

It's time for more than talk. It's time for ACTION. 

We are stronger together. 

Photos courtesy of Courtney Taylor

Smooth Sailing into Summer

What could changing jobs and making Slime possibly have to do with each other?! Well, today Jacob Ernst and Lisa Schwartz showed us!

This afternoon's workshop, Shift into Summer, taught us all about healthy transitions, how to cope with the anxiety of the unknown, and ways in which we can stay grounded when confronted with change. 

Now our toolboxes are stocked up with techniques and strategies that will help us during our next episode of transition-related stress. That includes taking a moment for mindfulness, engaging all five senses, and playing with something tactile, like home-made Slime. 

Thank you to everyone who spent their Sunday afternoon with us. Join us next month for Adulting 101 hosted by our clinical director, Megan Rafuse

Shift Into Sundays!

 Are you looking to up your #SelfCareSunday game? Let us help!  As of  Sunday, April 29th , we're opening the clinic on Sunday afternoons.  You'll be able to join  Suzette McLarty, MSW RSW  and  Lisa Schwartz, MSW RSW  every Sunday from 1:00pm - 5:00pm.  We strive to be here when you need us so we are thrilled to be offering full weekend coverage.  Call now or book online and bring your Self Care Sunday to a whole new level! 

Are you looking to up your #SelfCareSunday game? Let us help!

As of Sunday, April 29th, we're opening the clinic on Sunday afternoons.

You'll be able to join Suzette McLarty, MSW RSW and Lisa Schwartz, MSW RSW every Sunday from 1:00pm - 5:00pm.

We strive to be here when you need us so we are thrilled to be offering full weekend coverage.

Call now or book online and bring your Self Care Sunday to a whole new level! 

 Suzette provides professional and confidential counselling to address a number of issues such as anxiety, trauma, depression, anger management and relationship problems.

Suzette provides professional and confidential counselling to address a number of issues such as anxiety, trauma, depression, anger management and relationship problems.

 
 Lisa’s areas of practice include stress, anxiety, emotion regulation, parent-counselling, self-esteem and confidence, grief and bereavement and relationship and family difficulties.

Lisa’s areas of practice include stress, anxiety, emotion regulation, parent-counselling, self-esteem and confidence, grief and bereavement and relationship and family difficulties.

 

 

Flowing, Connecting, Healing: Shift at the Xiaolan Health Centre

Last night's workshop, Flowing Through Fear, was something really special. 

Set against the stunning backdrop of the Xiaolan Health Centre whose space strives (and succeeds) to embody the principles of harmony and balance within the architecture itself, the workshop uniquely fused social work and yoga into a fluid experience of emotional exploration and movement. Integrating mindfulness, cognitive behavioural strategies, breath, and yogic practices as a way of grounding yourself and re-connecting with spaciousness and freedom was the focus of this two hour group session.

We are thanking hosts Shannon Stach, BASc, MSW, RSW & Lisa Mitchell, M.Ed. RYT for leading this transformational event, and we're extending extreme gratitude to the participants who arrived with open hearts and open minds.

Join us next time for Shift Into Summer, a free workshop on the tools & strategies required for a smooth changeover into new routines. Whether you're going from full-time to part-time, school to work, taking vacations, moving cities, jobs, or schedules, set yourself up for success with the right skill set and mindset for a healthy transition.

Celebrating Hannah For Her Workshop Success!

Meeting new faces and connecting with our community is huge here at Shift. We are thrilled with how this past Sunday's workshop on the health benefits and mood-boosting effects of tea (so aptly named Communi-tea) came together. We shared information, compared flavours and aromas, and even created our own blends with a variety of ingredients from dried cherries to rose petals to holy basil (and a lot of stuff in between!). We sipped white, green, black, and red teas and shared laughs, snacks, and knowledge -- the best way to keep warm on a chilly Sunday afternoon. Thank you to everyone who came to spend time with us at Shift, and here's to you, Hannah! We'll never look at a mug of tea quite the same ever again. 

 

Welcome Lisa and Suzette!

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our two latest therapists, Lisa Schwartz and Suzette McLarty

Suzette has been working in the Mental Health and Addiction sector for over 18 years. She has practiced at an acute care hospital setting where she provided psychosocial support for clients with addiction/concurrent disorders. Working from a harm reduction, trauma-informed framework, Suzette has helped individuals develop skills and access resources needed to increase their capacity to be successful in their recovery. She believes in treating the whole person and tailors treatment to meet each individual’s needs and treatment goals.

Lisa’s areas of practice include stress, anxiety, emotion regulation, parent-counselling, self-esteem and confidence, grief and bereavement and relationship and family difficulties. In her full-time position as an Individual and Family Therapist at the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health, Lisa has experience in working with clients with diverse backgrounds and various emotional and relational difficulties. Lisa has training in different therapeutic modalities which she draws from in supporting clients. She also incorporates mindfulness and self-compassion based practices into her work with clients.

We are so excited to have these brilliant women on board and we can't wait to be a part of their journey and support them as they grow with us. 

The Winter Warm-Up Special

 
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There's no better time to try out therapy than in the new year. It's a time to invest in yourself, develop ways to tackle bad habits and reconnect with your loved ones deeply. 

And we can help make it easy for you!

For new clients, we are pleased to offer three therapy sessions for $375 ($125 each) plus one ticket to an exclusive Shift workshop or social event

This is our way of saying Happy New Year! 

Wanna give it a shot? Here's what you do... 

1. Research any therapist that's participating in the promotion. (Hint: Kayla, Ashley and Melissa are all participating in it!). 

2. Head over to the booking page, select the therapist you'd like to see, and click select the Winter Warm-Up Special rate.

 
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3. Boom! You're ready to go.

Got any questions? Send us an email and we'll respond quickly. We look forward to welcoming you to the Shift community!  

Join us in the The Happy Holidays Class

Oh, the holiday season.

Between family, friends, finances, gifts, taking time, looking back, looking forwards... the holidays can be a lot.

In fact, we get a lot of clients coming to us asking for more support around the holidays. Moreover, both of us have a lot of stress around the holidays.

So we thought that we'd create a 10-day class to help all of us get through the holidays with less stress, more focus, more laughs and deeper connections.

Here's what's inside:

  • 10 lessons for each day from December 22 to January 1
  • 10 tools or exercises that will take less than 20 minutes to complete
  • Private access to a 24/7 discussion group for peer support
  • Daily interaction and moderation with both Megan and Jordan
  • Ongoing access to the lessons and tools for the next year
  • A 30-day money back satisfaction guarantee

We're dedicated to creating a better way for all of us to channel the stress of the holidays.

We hope you'll join us inside The Happy Holidays Class!

- Megan and Jordan

PostSecret Live Event!

Sharing secrets can be so powerful. We got such a solid reminder of this Friday, October 20th at PostSecret live.

Thank you to everyone who shared their time, attention, and stories with us! Therapists, in a way, are experts in secrets. Our mental health can be so tied to whether or not we have the support of people who can hold our secrets with care and compassion.

Whether it’s anonymously on a postcard or one-on-one in session, sharing our truths is a powerful and important act.

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