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Winter 2021 Newsletter

 

Hello to you all!

 

Today’s newsletter includes

  • Our feel-good picks

  • Our comments about patient-doctor relationships,

      • How to find a naturopathic doctor - a message from Chelsea and Mason, Naturopathic Doctors at The Health Creation Lab 

      • Finding a new medical doctor in Peterborough/Durham Region

      • Finding a new medical doctor in Sarnia-Lambton

  • Updates from Erinn, Corrie, Kathleen and our free counselling program

  • NEW E-therapy service

  • Ways to follow us on Instagram and Facebook

 

Our Feel-Good Picks

We’d like to share a few of our favourite resources that can help you heal, grow and feel better.

 

Corrie’s pick: yoga and meditation videos on YouTube. There are tons to choose from!

 

Erinn’s pick: the heart-warming book called the Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha.

 

Kathleen’s pick: the public library apps Libby and Hoopla which access thousands of audio books and more. 

 

Patient-Doctor Relationships

Sometimes, we hear from clients that they are displeased with their doctor or their relationship with their doctor. This is a concern of ours, because client-doctor relationship can affect our health care prevention and treatment. 

 

We are always here if you need guidance with asserting your needs with your doctor. We can also help if you’d like to strategize ways to improve your relationship or to learn how to understand your doctor’s position to a greater degree.

 

How to Remove Yourself from Your Current Provider’s List

Some of you have expressed your interest in switching doctors. Here are two ways to remove yourself from your current provider’s list:

 

  1. Contact your family health care provider directly and ask to be removed.

  2. Call ServiceOntario at 1-888-218-9929 (press 5-3-0). Zero then allows you to connect with a representative. Be prepared to wait for the next representative.

  3. You will need your health card number, and your providers first and last name.

If you do not wish to contact your provider directly, contact ServiceOntario at the above number. You do not need to provide a reason for removing yourself from their service. 

After removing yourself, by either method, you will receive a confirmation letter from the Ministry of Health in 5-10 business days. If you do not, you need to follow up with ServiceOntario again. Once you have received the letter, you can contact the following resources for assistance

Finding a Naturopathic Doctor

The following is a note from Chelsea and Mason, Naturopathic Doctors at The Health Creation Lab, about how to find a naturopathic doctor. You can follow them at @thehealthcreationlab.

 

“There are 2 associations and 1 regulatory college that can be used for finding a registered naturopathic doctor in your area. The first is CONO (if you are in Ontario), which is the regulatory College where all registered naturopathic doctors who have undergone the post-graduate four year training at one of six accredited schools in North America are required to be register under. This registration requires all naturopathic doctors to pass multiple board exams and stay up to date with continuing education. 

 

The second is the provincial association, in Ontario known as the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND), other regulated provinces will have their equivalent. Not all naturopathic doctors sign up for the OAND as its a choice. 

 

The third is the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), like the OAND is not required but most doctors choose to be registered. 

 

On these three sites you can search for a naturopathic doctor in your area. 

 

When choosing a naturopathic doctor it is recommended to look through their website and see if they have any focus areas. Naturopathic doctors aren’t legally able to call themselves specialists but a lot of them choose to focus in one area and become very skilled. For example, some naturopathic doctors focus on one area like hormones, paediatrics or digestion concerns, while others have a more general practice and see a variety of concerns, like a GP or family medical doctor. Often, in bigger cities you will have more focused naturopathic doctors and in smaller towns or rural areas you will have more general practices. All naturopathic doctors have the ability to write blood work requisitions with a select number of tests and other advanced tests. 

Another way to find a new naturopathic doctor for your healthcare needs is to meet them either virtually or in person. Most naturopathic doctors offer this service to better understand the patients needs and if patient and naturopathic doctor will be a good match. It isn't uncommon for naturopathic doctors to offer referrals to other healthcare professionals and other naturopathic doctors based on the patients needs. There are many different approaches and therapies that naturopathic doctors use, for example, some naturopathic doctors offer IV therapies, supplements while others use herbal medicine, nutritional medicine and acupuncture. These services are always listed on that particular naturopathic doctor's website. 

Naturopathic medicine is outside of OHIP coverage, meaning patients have to pay for the services or use insurance. Naturopathic medicine is covered under most insurance plans for those with benefits, some clinics offer direct billing. Some naturopathic doctors offer a sliding scale or payment plans depending on your health budget. A lot of naturopathic doctors offer group workshops and online classes to also be an accessible option.” 

 

Finding a New Medical Doctor in Kawartha-Pineridge or Durham Region

The following resources can help you find a doctor or nurse practitioner:

https://www.ontario.ca/page/find-family-doctor-or-nurse-practitioner

 1-800-445-1822

Durham CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association) Primary Care Clinic – Oshawa 

This clinic can help you and your family if you do not have a family doctor and have a mental health issue. For more information, you can call 905-436-8760 extension 297.

 

Finding a new Medical Doctor or Nurse Practitioner in Sarnia-Lambton 

The following resources can help you find a doctor or nurse practitioner:

https://www.bluewaterhealth.ca/finding-a-family-doctor

 

https://www.doctors4sarnialambton.com/new-patients-find-a-physician-in-sarnia or 519-383-7265

 

https://www.ontario.ca/page/find-family-doctor-or-nurse-practitioner or 1-800-445-1822

 

 

Kathleen Courtney’s Update

I am seeing clients via telephone and secure video primarily, along with a very limited number of in-person sessions when phone and video are not viable options. My professional development efforts centre around nervous system and body-focused therapies.

 

I continue to offer outdoor sit-down and walk-and-talk counselling and therapy, which has made for a unique winter experience! I have a waitlist for new clients, and my doors are always open to returning clients via email, video or phone counselling.

 

I appear regularly on Instagram at @healthcounsellingpractice. 

 

Corrie Elliott Update

Corrie is currently training to complete the basic training of Attachment Focused EMDR. Corrie is currently able to offer this service as she is under consultation and working to complete the basic training. Attachment Focused EMDR is a relational trauma processing model, which encourages connection and healing through working with the nervous system.

 

Some of Corrie’s specializations include: trauma and attachment healing, couples counselling, anxiety and low mood, relationship concerns and other issues.

 

Follow her on Instagram at @corrieelliottcounsellor.

 

Erinn Bickle Update

Erinn is currently accepting clients and continues to offer remote service from her office in the Kawartha-Pineridge area. She is currently boosting her knowledge about brief therapy interventions. She has expanded her service to Peterborough and looks forward to investing services to the local community and across Ontario.

 

Some of Erinn’s specializations include: coping with stress, anxiety and depression; increasing positive communication; processing and healing grief and loss and other concerns.  

 

Follow her at @erinnbicklepsychotherapy.

 

Free Counselling Program Update - Dina and Lindsey

When the pandemic hit, we started a free counselling program which is operated by individuals who are in their final stages of therapy school. Dina currently has a full caseload. Her placement will end in April. Lindsey, who is a mental health professional, will be joining the team in May. We expect that spaces will open before then; please do refer anyone in your network, or yourself to the free program, if you wish. Interested individuals may message us at office@healthcounselling.ca or text or phone (226) 349-7937.

 

NEW Service: E-mail and Messaging Counselling and Therapy

We are now offering e-therapy in the form of e-mail and messaging therapy. There are two ways to engage with a therapist via e-therapy: planned messaging whereby you and your therapist message, at an agreed time, or, unplanned, whereby you and your therapist message back and forth at irregular times. You are welcome to sign on to a monthly subscription, or work with us as needed. 

 

Email and messaging therapy is helpful because it is private, flexible and accessible. If you’re interested, please speak with your counsellor or get in touch with us. 

 

Facebook and Instagram

You are welcome to follow us on Instagram and Facebook at @healthcounsellingpractice, if you wish to read our tips and ideas on how to grow, feel good and heal. (As I’m sure you can understand, we cannot follow back.) We post about therapy topics, our team and info about the practice.

 

As always, we hope you’re staying warm and keeping well at this time. We are here if you need any assistance or resource suggestions. Please do not hesitate to reach out.

 

Warmly,

The Health Counselling Team

 

 

 

 

Fall 2020 Newsletter

 

Hello to you all. This newsletter includes updates about the practice and our team, mental health and well-being boosting ideas. 

 

Update on Kathleen Courtney

Our main office in Sarnia is now open again. This office is located on the third floor, 172 Cromwell Street, above the Downtown Market in Sarnia. We are monitoring the pandemic and adapting well.

I had an interesting spring and summer of providing service via phone, video and in-person via walk-and-talk or sitting somewhere in nature. Interestingly, there was not one rain day! I continue to offer service via video, phone. I am also available for appointments both indoors and outdoors. I continue to build my knowledge of body-focused therapy. I have a waitlist for new clients, and my doors are always open to returning clients. 

 

Update on Corrie Elliott

Corrie’s office is now prepped for the fall and winter months. As many of you know, her space is downtown Sarnia and just down the hall from our main office. It is located in the Canopy Wellness studio. Corrie is accepting clients. Her main focus is trauma processing and couples therapy. She just completed a high-level training in The Comprehensive Resource Model Basic Training. As always, she continues to grow and educate herself on trauma work and processing. Follow her on Instagram at @corrieelliottcounsellor.

 

Update on Erinn Bickle

Based in Whitby - Durham Region, Erinn Bickle is now offering remote services via telephone and video through the practice. She is accepting clients. Erinn provides acceptance and commitment therapy and assists clients with issues related to depression, anxiety, communication. Over the past several months, Erinn has developed an effective system for offering remote therapy. Erinn recently accepted a position in the counselling department at Trent University. Follow her at @erinnbicklepsychotherapy.

 

Learning About Mental Health

Learning more about mental health and wellness can help boost your well-being and bring forward new perspectives at this unusual time.

 

Here are a few ways that you can access more information.

  • Websites like Udemy have low-cost courses on stress management. Visit Udemy here.

  • Your local library has free access to courses about well-being, stress management and psychology. The library also has useful self-help and psychology books available. We recently learned that we can also request that the library orders a book of choice. We recommend considering this option. We would gladly call the library on your behalf, if you’d like.

  • Websites like Coursea offer free courses, such as the Science of Well-Being. This course is incredibly popular and we recommend it. Visit Coursera here.

 

Free Counselling Program Update - Susie Sioutis and Dina Deuzeman

When the pandemic hit, we started a free counselling program. This program is also here to stay. The counsellors who are currently on our team - Susie and Dina - both have full caseloads, and we now have a waitlist. In Spring 2021, a new counsellor will join. We expect that spaces will open before then; please do refer anyone in your network, or yourself to the free program, if you wish. Interested individuals may message us at office@healthcounselling.ca or text or phone 226 349 7937.

 

Mid-month Check-in

We’ve just passed the mid-month mark. A theme of this month - to some of us - has been tension and uncertainty; in other ways, it’s been about resilience, calm and patience. Here are three check-in ideas to help support you in the coming month.

1. What would need to happen - in the next couple of weeks - to help you feel a bit more satisfied with how you’re living and taking care?

2. What indicators can you/do you notice - thoughts, feelings and physical sensations - about what you may need, this week?

3. Which of your needs (e.g. sleep, tv time, exercise, together time/alone time, reading sessions) needs more attention?

 

Facebook and Instagram

You are welcome to follow us on social media, if you wish to read about tips and ideas about how to grow, feel good and heal. (As I’m sure you can understand, we cannot follow back.) We post about therapy topics, our team and info about the practice.

  • Follow Erinn Bickle at @erinnbicklepsychotherapy.

  • You can follow Corrie Elliott at @corrieelliottcounsellor.

  • Our username for both Facebook and Instagram is @healthcounsellingpractice.

  • Our east office Instagram is: @health.counselling.east.

 

As always, we hope you’re staying warm and keeping well at this time. We are here if you need any assistance or resource suggestions. Please do not hesitate to reach out.

Warmly,

Kathleen and the Health Counselling Team