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​Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the practice of inserting ultra fine needles into specific points of energy that are located along 14 meridians or channels that cover the entire body. There are 365 classical acupuncture points associated with the 14 meridians. These points and meridians, mapped out millennia ago and confirmed by consistent practice have show that skillful insertion and manipulation of specific points will produce predictable results in the body.


Chiropractic Medicine

Chiropractic is an evidence-informed, non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the musculoskeletal system.

Chiropractors practice primarily using their hands, providing diagnosis, treatment and preventive care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints.

Chiropractors use a combination of treatments, depending on the specific needs of the individual patient. After taking a history, performing an examination and establishing a diagnosis, a chiropractor can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment/management plan, recommend therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies, and provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling.


Clinical Nutrition with a Registered Dietitian

Registered dietitians are health care professionals who are trained to provide advice and counselling about diet, food and nutrition. They use the best available evidence coupled with good judgment about the client’s or communities’ unique values and circumstances to determine guidance and recommendations.

Dietitians help people make healthy food choices, separating fact from fiction and distinguishing healthy eating plans from those that don’t provide optimal nourishment. Dietitians play a major role in health care, industry, government and education. They influence policy development, direct nutrition programs, manage quality food services and conduct nutrition research.


Craniosacral Therapy

Also called CST, or cranial osteopathy, it is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on technique, developed by an American osteopathic physician almost one hundred years ago.

CST theory and practice is based on understanding the continuous subtle movements of the cranial bones, which result in a rhythm of approximately six to twelve cycles per minute. This rhythm is understood as a response to cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) fluctuations within the spinal cord and brain environment. The subtle movement extends outward to the entire body, in response to the fluid pressure changes around the Central Nervous System.

A therapist gently works with the whole body including the spine and the skull, and its cranial sutures, diaphragms, and fascia. By using the hands as fine discriminating tools, Craniosacral therapists are able to detect disturbances in the cranial sacral rhythm to help them identify areas of dysfunction, such as cranial, sutural, membrane and other soft tissue restrictions in the body.

Patients remain clothed during a treatment and treatments generally are one hour.


EARS (Ear Acupuncture for Reducing Strain)

EARS is our community drop-in acupuncture program which involves the gentle placement of up to 5 small, sterilized disposable needles into specific sites on each ear. Participants sit quietly in a group setting for 30 – 45 minutes allowing the treatment to take effect. The program runs on Tuesdays from 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm and on Thursdays from 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm.


Emotion-Focused Mindfulness

Emotion-Focused Mindfulness (EFM) is a way of developing self-compassionate awareness through mindfulness. Using principles from Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) and Recollective Awareness Meditation, practicing EFM helps cultivate tolerance and curiosity for the present moment – including thoughts and emotions alongside physical experience.

Emotion-Focused Mindfulness highlights a mindful awareness practice that can help us better navigate emotions in meditation, decreasing suffering, increasing happiness, and empowering us to live more deeply valued lives. Rather than feeling better, the emphasis is on getting better at feeling so that our feelings help us to better navigate our lives.


Narrative Competence Psychotherapy Program

The Narrative Group is a creative opportunity for artists who share an interest in writing and the discussion of writing. Learning how to write your own stories and sharing them with others in a confidential setting may foster emotional resilience through the coherence that comes from having words for your own life. It may develop creative problem-solving and allow you to find a greater sense of meaning as you navigate your life with your artistic practice and beyond.


Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease. Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body, and unfavourable lifestyle habits. Naturopathic Medicine emphasizes disease as a process rather than as an entity.


Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) in primary care can function both autonomously and collaboratively in primary care settings. NPs can initiate treatments, diagnose diseases, disorders and conditions; prescribe medications, and order lab tests, x-rays and other diagnostic tests within their statutory and regulatory standards. NPs are able to provide comprehensive care within a collaborative team.


Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is treatment to restore, maintain, and make the most of a patient’s mobility, function and well-being. Physiotherapy helps through physical rehabilitation, injury prevention, and health and fitness. Physiotherapists get you involved in your own recovery.


Practicum for Integrous Artists (PIA)

This innovative 7 session psychotherapeutic programme integrates restorative yoga, self-compassion skills, and mind-body medicine to cultivate resilience in artists and cultural workers. The Practicum is led by Dr. Chase McMurren, Medical Director, Psychotherapist and Restorative Yoga Teacher, who also designed the programme.

Each week you will participate in:

  • developing a restorative yoga practice (no yoga experience or supplies required)
  • learning and practicing self-compassion skills
  • crafting a personal self-care stewardship practice, incorporating mind-body medicine approaches (e.g., acupressure, visualisation and emotional-freedom technique)

While participating in the practicum is covered by OHIP, an $80 deposit is required. The fee will be refunded if you attend all sessions.


Psychotherapy (Individual and Group)

Psychotherapy is primarily a talk-based therapy and is intended to help people improve and maintain their mental health and well-being. Registered Psychotherapists work with individuals, couples and families in individual and group settings. Psychotherapy occurs when the psychotherapist and client enter into a psychotherapeutic relationship where both work together to bring about positive change in the client’s thinking, feeling, behaviour and social functioning. Individuals usually seek psychotherapy when they have thoughts, feelings, moods and behaviours that are adversely affecting their day-to-day lives, relationships and the ability to enjoy life.


Psychotherapy (Single Session)

Single session therapy is a specific form of therapy conducted by professionals who seek to use their existing skill sets and knowledge base to address clients’ presenting concerns, within one session. The session takes place with the understanding that the session might be the only one. Some of the issues you can discuss include:

  • Feeling sad or anxious
  • Relationship issues
  • Difficulties adjusting to a life situation
  • Grief/bereavement
  • Stress management
  • Accessing government services/assistance
  • Learn skills to help regulate emotions
  • Difficulties with sleep
  • Other

Registered Massage Therapy

Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health.

Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; and physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy.


Shiatsu

Shiatsu therapy is a unique, non-invasive manual therapy from Japan that stimulates the body’s inherent ability to heal itself. Literally translated, the word shiatsu means "finger pressure." The therapy involves the systematic application of pressure, using the thumbs primarily, to different points on the soft tissues of the body in order to assess and treat a variety of conditions. Shiatsu treatments have a regulatory influence on the body’s autonomic nervous system, thereby improving organ function and reducing muscle tension.​


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