Fit Vs. Fiction

“Alone I lived inside my head, never wanting to leave my bed On the outside so strong and tough, but inside never good enough I spent each moment wrapped in fear, afraid of looking in the mirror What power it…

World Mental Health Day: #RaiseYourWiseHand

October 10th is World Mental Health Day— an international day devoted to raising awareness and promoting education around mental illness. In solidarity with this very important day, we want to make our own contribution by launching an initiative–one that we hope…

Walking With My Father

When my parents would go out on Saturday nights, I’d always anxiously await their return home because it meant my dad and I could go on one of our “night walks”. This is what we called our Saturday night ritual. Just…

The Wooden Stool

From the time my mother was 8 years old, my Bubbie (the Yiddish term for grandmother) Celia walked with crutches.  It was very difficult for her to leave her home, which meant that our weekly visits were almost always at…

FROM PROTECTED TO CONNECTED

It appears that most of us are reluctant to reveal our full selves – in social settings, in professional settings, or in new situations. As we delved deeper to understand why, here is what emerged: fear of rejection, fear of…

Barre Fitness Can Help!

Physical activity has always been a huge part of my life, from ballet and hip hop dancing (check out cringe worthy picture) at a young age, to playing ringuette, soccer, flag football and hockey through my teens and into adulthood….

When Someone You Love Is Depressed

Huffington Post Throughout my life, I’ve been touched by people struggling with mental illness. I’m extremely sensitized to their journey and I’ve chosen to dedicate much of my private practice as a psychotherapist to helping people cope. However, one of…

This is my life

This is my life; one I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. But it’s different from most. I have what most people strive for; a beautiful family, a nice home (ok, so I’d change half a dozen things about…

Our New Normal

August 2007, we were like so many other families. Happily married, 1 little boy whose 2nd birthday we had just celebrated and another baby on the way. Many nights were spent talking about how things would change once the new…

The holiday beauty cheat sheet

Starting with Halloween, moving onto Thanksgiving, keeping up with Christmas, and grand finale with New Year – holiday season is upon us. There will be plenty of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, hot chocolate, turkey, cranberries, cookies and milk, but also plenty…

THE LIZ EFFECT

Like the FATHER, SON AND HOLY GHOST, we do not refer to them as the THREE WISE MEN because they talk about male only issues like jock itch and Deflategate, I have been reading WISE WOMEN CANADA for almost two…

Fed to the Wolves

I thought I had a wonderful childhood. It was filled with smells of warm soup, big family gatherings at every occasion and Star Trek adventures with neighborhood kids. My family was pretty “Leave it to Beaver”. I felt privileged to…