Wellness Blog

Pandemics are Bad for Your Mental Health

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a once-in-a-lifetime traumatic event is affecting our mental health, but many of us seem to feel that we aren’t coping as well as we should be.

Should. That’s a loaded word, isn’t it? We should be kinder, more patient parents. We should appreciate our partners more. We should eat healthier food, and exercise more, and be more productive at work. We should … well, the list is endless. And honestly? Beating yourself up because you aren’t meeting an imaginary standard isn’t the way to feel better.

Here’s what’s true about pandemic living and mental health.

1. We’ve lost our sense of security. Our routines are disrupted, we’ve lost household income, and some of us have lost loved ones. Even if we’ve been relatively unscathed, we’ve sat at home watching news reports of a fatal disease creeping ever closer to home. That’s a recipe for anxiety and depression.

2. Our support networks are disrupted. We haven’t been able to hug our friends or family. The people we rely on to support us through tough times are all going through the same experience and can’t lift us up the way they normally would. We feel isolated, even if we’re surrounded by people.

3. We are spending too much time with our spouses. Yes, I said it. We weren’t meant to be joined at the hip 24-7 to our romantic partners. Relationships thrive when we have space to appreciate them and fresh experiences to bring into them. It can be very disconcerting to realize that when you finally have time together, you spend it arguing.

4. We’ve reached the end of our ability to multi-task. We’re trying to work, homeschool our kids, and live our lives, all in the same physical space. And we feel like we aren’t succeeding at any of it.

5. We’re wondering if we want to go back to life exactly as it was. We miss normal life, except for the parts we don’t miss at all, and it feels overwhelming to contemplate returning to business as usual.

If any of this sounds familiar, congratulations: You’re completely normal.

Having said that, this is a terrific time to do some of the mental housekeeping that we put off when times are good, and we’re too busy to think about the inconvenient stuff: the fact that we don’t feel passionate about our work, or that we sometimes feel blue for weeks at a time and don’t really know why, or that we wish we could communicate better with the people we love.

I’d love to help you chart a course for a future that’s less about what you should do and more about what you want to do. Let’s talk.

Kate

Counselling (Psychotherapy) Services Starting Soon!

We’re excited to be adding a new team member, along with psychotherapy services, at Danforth East Wellness! Kate Hilton, a therapist-in-training, will be seeing clients on Wednesdays and Thursdays, starting on June 16. Here’s the scoop on Kate and her practice.

Q: You’re a therapist-in-training. What does that mean?

A: It means that I’m partway through the process of becoming certified as a Registered Psychotherapist. In my case, it means that I’ve done three years of intensive training and am entering the clinical phase of my education. It also means that I’m required to discuss all of cases with my clinical supervisor (without identifying my clients, of course).

Q: Why did you pick Danforth East Wellness for your training site?

A: Because I’m a client! I love the staff at Danforth East Wellness and the whole mood at the clinic. I’m really happy to be able to spend more time there.

Q: Why should someone consider psychotherapy?

A: So many reasons! Maybe you’re struggling with anxiety and depression, like so many others during this pandemic. Maybe your relationship with your partner is under stress and you’d like to figure out why you keep having the same arguments and getting nowhere. Maybe you’re grappling with a life transition. Or maybe you just think that it’s time to get to know yourself better. There are as many reasons as there are people.

Q: Do you work in a particular modality?

A: I work in several. I have pursued specific training in Gestalt Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy, but my approach will depend on your goals for our work together. If you’d like to learn more about how I work, you can check out my website at katehiltontherapy.com.

Q: What do you do when you aren’t at the clinic?

A: The two big things are parenting and writing. I have three teenagers and a rescue dog (pictured above). And I’m a published novelist, so I always have at least one writing project on the go. My latest is a comedy called Better Luck Next Time.

Book a free 15minute phone call with Kate to explore how she may be able to help you navigate your daily life with more ease!

Maternity Leave Announcement – Dr. Nicole, ND

The Danforth East Wellness family is growing, as our naturopath, Dr. Nicole, ND, is overjoyed to be expecting a baby in June 2021. She will be taking time away from practice to prepare, heal, acclimate and bond with her family’s newest addition. Her planned timeline for leave(s) and return-to-clinic are outlined below.

Tuesday June 1: Last day for virtual follow-up visits (for current patients)

August 10-31: Brief return to practice for virtual visits (current patients)

December 2021: Return to practice for both current & new patients (exact date TBD)

Your health is important to us and we endeavour to continue to support you in your care. During Nicole’s absence, she will be available by limited email for care coordination. Referrals can be coordinated on request, for another naturopath or healthcare provider, as well as acupuncture with Dr. Elisa Petricca, DC, at Danforth East Wellness. Please let us know if you have any particular concerns or questions about how your needs will be addressed during her leave.

If you don’t already have a follow-up booked, but would like to meet with Nicole before June, online booking is available here.

Nicole expresses her gratitude for your patience and understanding to take this time away so that she can physically recover and care for her new baby. We will inform you as soon as possible if any changes in the above plan should occur. She will be in contact to provide any updates, including when booking becomes available again for August and December.

Dr. Nicole sincerely appreciates your confidence in her work and your support during this time. She wishes everyone a safe and wonderful summer!

Danforth East Wellness, scar tissue release

Scar Tissue Release Therapy

Have you had surgery in the past? Do you have one coming up? Have you had a tendon strain like Achilles tendonitis in the past? Do you have plantar fasciitis or a rotator cuff strain? These are just a few of the conditions we are able to address with our microcurrent point stimulation Scar Tissue Release Therapy (STRT)! STRT is excellent for scars and scar tissue, which forms with injury to the skin. 

What are Scars?
Scars can be external or internal, resulting from wounds that have healed, accidents, or surgery. Scar tissue is thick and fibrous tissue that is generally less flexible than its surroundings. It is important to address scar tissue for a number of reasons:

  1. Scars can be a common cause of stress activation as they are shown to be involved in up-regulating the sympathetic nervous system.
  2. Internal adhesions from scars can cause pain and affect body functions, including hormone regulation.
  3. Circulation and lymph drainage can be impeded by scars.
  4. Emotional trauma and chronic pain can be associated with scar tissue.

How does STRT work?
STRT uses low level electrical impulses to stimulate cellular activity. It is generally completely painless – rarely, if anything, there’s a ‘tingle’ – and is Health and Canada FDA approved.
STRT reduces and fades scar tissue and reduces adhesions and restrictions in the body. This helps in a number of ways – reducing pain, normalizing sensation, decreasing stress on the body, improving muscle and organ function, improving blood flow and improving circulation. 


How do appointments work?
An initial appointment involves a history intake, examination and treatment as appropriate. Subsequent appointments are shorter in length and focus on treatments. The number of sessions needed depends on the depth and age of the scar tissue as well as how your body responds. Generally, we find that most individuals respond well within 3-5 sessions.


What types of conditions can be addressed by STRT?

  • Post-surgical scars of any kind (i.e. hip or knee replacement scars, C-section scars)
  • Childhood injury scars
  • Nerve irritation like carpal tunnel or other entrapments
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Acupuncture point stimulation for people frightened of needles

STRT is a therapy provided under Chiropractic care, and as such may be billed as a Chiropractic session. Connect with us if you have any questions about this wonderful therapy and whether it is appropriate for your condition. We look forward to speaking with you soon about how STRT can change your body!!!

Holiday and New Year Clinic Information

We know this year’s holidays are very different. That being said, we hope you are able to find some moments to connect with loved ones when unable to gather in person.

 

If you are in need of assistance over the holidays, please be assured that our schedules are up to date on the website. If you wish to connect with us, it is better through email as our phone messages will be checked less regularly.

 

There are some changes we are making in the New Year. There are fee increases for chiropractic, registered massage therapy and naturopathic care. With respect to our hours, Renee Long will be adding another clinical day per week on Fridays, Sarah Podolsky will extend her current clinical hours, Dr. Elisa Petricca will be adding clinical hours every other Friday, and Dr. Nicole DeYonge will be available at the clinic one Saturday per month.

 

We hope that you stay healthy and safe, and are able to enjoy some quiet moments of magic.

 

Looking forward to seeing you in the New Year!

 

Take care and be well until we see you next!!

 

The Danforth East Wellness Team

 

(Dr. Katarina Bulat, Dr. Elisa Petricca, Dr. Nicole DeYonge, Susan Tomkins, Sarah Podolsky, Renee Long)

Fully Open!

Yes, we are FULLY OPEN although stricter lockdown measures are effective Monday November 23, 2020 for a number of regions, including Toronto. All regulated health professionals are permitted to continue to provide in-person care. We are pleased to help you and your body cope with stressors during this turbulent time.
If you need any information about our covid protocols in addition to the information on our website, please feel free to reach out to us. We also  understand if you feel more comfortable rescheduling your appointment, and will see you when you are ready.
Be well until we see you next!
The Danforth East Wellness Team
(Dr. Katarina Bulat, Dr. Elisa Petricca, Dr. Nicole deYonge, Susan Tomkins, Sarah Podolsky, Renee Long)

Good Things

Covid has been a challenge for us all, but there are still good things to talk about! At Danforth East Wellness we have SO many wonderful things to tell you!

 

To start with, our main floor renovation is COMPLETE! You can enter through the main door now! Press the intercom screen to the left of the door and open it when you hear the door release. Have a seat in the reception area, kick off those shoes and get comfy, and one of the practitioners will greet you when they are able. The bathrooms are still downstairs and can be accessed through two staircases. There is a ton of room, so more of us can work at the same time, to provide more availability for much needed sessions. This has also expanded our clinic area to help ensure safer spacing during the pandemic.

 

We’ve added to the team! Craniosacral therapy is now available at the clinic, provided by the extremely talented Renee Long. Craniosacral therapy is a very gentle approach to pain and imbalance in the body. People of all stages of life respond well, and newborns in particular show wonderful results, with conditions like colic, tongue tie, flat head syndrome and breastfeeding issues. If you are interested in learning more, there are fuller descriptions on the website, and Renee would be more than pleased to answer your questions through email or a phone call. – As a reminder, the rest of the team is here to assist you as well, through chiropractic (Dr. Kat and Dr. Elisa), naturopathic (Dr. Nicole), registered massage therapy (Susan and Sarah) and acupuncture (Dr. Elisa and Dr. Nicole).

 

The last piece of good news to share at the moment, is that our protocols, PPE, and cleaning routines now feel just like part of our regular routines! If you need clarification or details about what we’re doing, please ask us. If there’s anything additional you need to feel comfortable in our space, please ask. We want you to feel at ease at the clinic!

 

Remember that you are not alone in this! We are all experiencing challenges with Covid that ebb and flow in intensity. At the clinic, we’re here as a resource to help you relieve some of those pressures and stressors, and are happy to help lift some of the burden.

 

We’re trying to figure out a way to do a safe, scheduled open house, but until then we hope to show you the new space at your appointment!

 

Thanks for letting us share our good news!!!

 

Be well, and take care, until we see you next!

 

The Danforth East Wellness Team

(Dr. Katarina Bulat, Dr. Elisa Petricca, Dr. Nicole deYonge, Susan Tomkins, Sarah Podolsky, Renee Long)

Virtual Home Office Assessment by Dr. Elisa – All Proceeds to Charity!

Many of us have transitioned to working from home during this time. This means that our workstations have drastically changed from an ergonomically equipped office setting. But there is good news! – there are a number of simple changes you can make to optimize your at home work environment to help improve both your physical and mental wellbeing!

Over the next few weeks I will be offering a 20 minute virtual ergonomic assessment. During this time I will assess your current at home workstation and provide you with tips and recommendations to improve your workstation set up as well as your posture.

I will be providing this service for a donation of $20.00 in which all proceeds will go towards Friends of Ruby, a charity to support the mental health and well-being of vulnerable LGBTQI2S youth.

If interested, please email me directly to arrange a time slot. Availability is limited to four assessments per week on Mondays and Wednesdays. The fee of $20.00 is required at the time of booking through e-transfer to reserve your spot.

Looking forward to helping you, as well as helping the community!

‘See’ you soon,

Dr. Elisa Petricca

drelisa@danfortheastwellness.ca

Registered Massage Therapy available again!

We are so excited to announce that as of Monday June 15, 2020 we have registered massage therapy available at the clinic once again!

Susan Tomkins will be in on Thursdays from 11-7 and every other Friday 11-7. We also have a new registered massage therapist, Sarah Podolsky, beginning on Mondays from 3:30-7:30. More information about Susan and Sarah can be found on our website.

A gentle reminder that 2hrs before each appointment a covid prescreening will be sent out to you through email. You will be asked to wash your hands after you enter the premises, and you are required to wear a mask in the clinic, as well as during treatment.

These are new times for us all and we know they are different. We are looking forward to navigating them together, and are excited to provide care for you again!

See you soon!

Susan and Sarah

Clinic Opening

Dear Patients,

This is a new time we are navigating! We are starting to open the clinic slowly to ensure your health and safety, as well as our own.

Our gradual clinic opening will begin with our chiropractic care. Dr. Katarina and Dr. Elisa will be in the clinic at different times to ensure physical distancing. Please be patient with our schedules, as in addition to less available appointments we also may be shifting appointments to help with flow and disinfection time. We are also always still available for virtual appointments if that is your comfort level.

Dr. Nicole, our naturopath, will continue with virtual visits but may have in-clinic visits as necessary.

Susan Tomkins, our registered massage therapist, is reviewing and integrating the requirements to restart her practice, as dictated by her regulatory college. She will begin her practice over the next few weeks.

Please check the blog section (‘Body Talk’) on our website, or our Facebook page for up to date information regarding our schedules.

What will a visit to our office look like?

Prior to each appointment you will be required to fill out a questionnaire sent via email 2hrs before your appointment time. You will be asked to report the results to your practitioner before treatment can occur. You may also be asked all of the questions again!

As a reminder, the questions will also be posted in the clinic. There is no penalty for cancelling an in-person visit as a result of a positive COVID-19 assessment screen. This is about safety for all of us!

You are required to bring and wear a mask for your treatment and will be asked to wash your hands upon entering the clinic.

We generally appreciate it when people are early for appointments, but during this time please attend the clinic just a few minutes before your appointed time to assist with physical distancing.

What are the practitioners doing to ensure safety?

We will perform daily self-assessment screenings before arriving at the clinic. Surgical masks will be worn during patient interactions, and as always, hand hygiene protocols will occur before and after patient care. Also, our clinic-only clothing will be laundered after daily use.

Additional information

Our schedules have been shifted to accommodate physical distancing.

The waiting area has been reconfigured – children’s toys have been removed, and the chairs in the waiting area have been replaced by one non-cloth chair.

Disinfection of surfaces such as treatment tables, the waiting area chair, light switches, door handles, the stair rail, and pay terminal will happen after each patient. Tap for payments and emailed receipts are preferred if possible. Other surfaces will also be disinfected daily, as use occurs.

We are integrating these new procedures into the clinic to create a comfortable space that follows safety guidelines for both you and our practitioners. If you would like further clarification or information about our policies please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We welcome your feedback, as we all try to respond to these new changes!

Hope you are well until we see you next!

 

The Danforth East Wellness Team
(Dr. Katarina Bulat, Dr. Elisa Petricca, Dr. Nicole DeYonge, Susan Tomkins RMT)