Discover a Mindful Approach to Healing.

At North York Counseling Services we understand the many benefits of mindfulness work.  Applying a mindful approach to therapy and group work, our professionals  offer practical tools for stress management and overall wellness.

Utilize Mindfulness Tools and Resources

Individual Mindfulness

Mindful awareness of thoughts, emotions, and experiences can be an effective approach to working through challenging circumstances.  Learning practical tools and personal applications of these strategies in daily life can be integral in finding and maintaining internal balance.

Work with a professional in a one on one setting developing a mindfulness practice that suits your individual needs.

Group Mindfulness

Understanding and applying mindful awareness of individual experiences can also work to strengthen teams of people and promote effective communication, productivity, and job satisfaction.

Use mindfulness training in group and team settings to support peers, colleagues, or employees in achieving balance; and by helping to create a more pleasant and productive work environment.

Uses & Benefits of

Mindfulness Based Therapy

Stress Reduction

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The busy-ness of our world today can take its toll on our bodies and minds, causing us to be in an increased state of mental and physical hyper-arousal.  A mindfulness practice encourages us to slow down, and breathe! Calming our minds and our bodies this way can decrease symptoms of overwhelm and stress.  Using mindfulness tools during challenging times can work to reduce stress in the moment, as well as to build an internal resource of strength for future challenges and stressors.

Emotional Intelligence

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Mindfulness works to help individuals slow down and pay closer attention to what is happening underneath the surface.  This internal observation promotes a deeper understanding of one’s self, one’s emotions, and how they might be affected by these emotions and how these effects may play out in behaviour and cognitive patterns.  This increased awareness of one’s own thoughts and emotions creates a greater capacity for compassion and empathy for the self and others.

Relaxation

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Finding ways to relax the mind and body can have many positive benefits. For individuals struggling with sleep disturbances, anxiety, muscle tension or pain, and many other challenges, developing a mindfulness practice to aid in relaxing the system can help reduce the difficulties associated with these challenges. Scanning the body and actively releasing any tension is one example of using a mindfulness technique in reaching a more relaxed state. Relaxation mindfulness and meditation allows the parasympathetic nervous system to work more effectively; increasing concentration and mental clarity while improving overall health and wellbeing.

Pain Management

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Our emotions and experiences are stored in our body, and can often manifest themselves through aches and pains.  Illness, injury, and repressed emotions can all impact our physical health, limiting our abilities and capacities to remain active and thriving. Mindfulness can be used to develop a deeper mind-body relationship, and promote compassionate understanding for what is present in our bodies, and why. The development of a mindfulness has been documented as being an effective aid for dealing with both acute and chronic pain.

Mood Regulation

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Since mindfulness focuses on the present moment without judgment, whatever thought, mood or emotion that is present is encouraged to express itself as completely as possible.  Often times, our moods can become sour without really knowing why.  Or, our emotions might feel as though they are subject to extreme changes without warning.  Working with a mindfulness practice can help individuals understand what triggers negative feelings and behaviours, and how to offer themselves what they need in a time of emotional distress. This increased self-awareness can reduce mood swings and help with erratic behaviour.

Gratitude

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Mindfulness is the focus on the present moment.  Developing a gratitude practice is a useful tool in learning how to stay present, and reduce the tendency to dwell in the past and worry about the future.  A personal gratitude practice is about recognizing and appreciating the positive aspects of any circumstance.  This focus can help shift disruptive patterns, decrease anxiety, lift moods, offer comfort during times of loss, increase feelings of contentment, and promote compassion towards the self and others.

About Mindfulness-Based Therapy

Mindfulness is defined as a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.

While mindfulness may not be for everyone, combining mindful awareness with traditional talk therapy can serve as beneficial access points to discovering unconscious thoughts and feelings, enabling both the therapist and client to better understand the needs and motivations of the client.

 

Mindfulness can be used throughout individual sessions as therapist and client return to the present and allow whatever thoughts, feelings, or bodily sensations to be validated and heard. 

In addition, mindfulness theory, tools, and resources can be useful and important components in supporting individuals as well as groups within personal and professional development settings. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a therapeutic intervention where talk and experiential techniques are used to aid individuals in understanding themselves more deeply while working through any number of specific challenges.

Is Psychotherapy covered by insurance?

Some insurance companies are beginning to include Psychotherapy under more advanced benefit plans.

If your insurance company does not currently cover psychotherapy, please visit the Registered Psychotherapists Insurance Committee for more information.

Who is a candidate for therapy?

Any person who feels as though they would benefit from speaking with a professional is a candidate for therapy.  If you are experiencing difficulties dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, life transitions, or any number of challenges, finding a professional to work with might be the right choice for you.

How do you choose a therapist?

There are a number of ways an individual might find a therapist.  Searching online will undoubtedly present a number of viable options. Referrals from medical professionals or friends are often useful when beginning a search for the right therapist.

While there are many factors you may want to consider, such as convenience, education, approach, etc., the most important consideration is how comfortable you feel with your therapist.  Following your instincts might be the most helpful tool in finding the right fit for you.

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(647) 464-2091

#218 - 150 Wynford Drive, North York, Toronto

support@northyorkcounsellingservices.com

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