All in Self-Care

Counselling Fee Changes

Hello Peak Resilience Community!

As of July 15th we will be changing our fees for incoming clients. We deeply appreciate and value the relationships we have with our clients (you!), so we are offering a grace period to our current clients. To show our gratitude and honour the relationships we have built with you, we will not increase our fees for current clients until October 15, 2019.

As a team, we’ve thought a lot about our fees, and our tendency to shy away from increasing them despite not raising them for 4 years. As women and counsellors we try to be aware of the messages we have internalized that make it hard for us to ask for what we’re worth - this is a part of our own work. The reason we are increasing our fees is to provide the best quality service and that also means being transparent. 

PERIOD PRIDE FINALE: Luteal Phase and Period Party!

In the last Period Pride post, Dr. Joanna Rosenfeld will explore the luteal phase- the time from ovulation, to the start of your period. Unlike the follicular phase which varies drastically between women, or even between cycles, the luteal phase is fairly constant, and typically lasts between 12-14 days. Dr. Rosenfeld will even outline all the different types of PMS! Any suggestions or advice provided by Dr. Rosenfeld does not replace a visit to your health care practitioner.

PERIOD PRIDE Part II: Follicular Fun Phase

In our last post, we discussed all the benefits of periods in general. Now Naturopathic Doctor Joanna Rosenfeld is going to explain what’s happening in our bodies for the first 1/2 of our cycle…

What’s Happening:

The next stage of your menstrual cycle is your follicular phase, which actually starts at day 1 of your period. At the beginning of the follicular phase, your brain releases a hormone called FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), which stimulates your ovaries to produce about 5-20 follicles.

PERIOD PRIDE: The Physical and Mental Health Effects (and Benefits) of Periods

People who menstruate have been discriminated against and shamed for centuries; which is ludicrous because, not only is menstruation a normal biological process, it is also a major reason the human race exists.

At Peak Resilience, we not only understand the effects of people’s menstrual cycles on their mental health,  we also acknowledge the politics of menstruation. That is, women and people who menstruate can experience conscious or unconscious shame about their cycles, pain, lack of appropriate medical care due to medical gender bias, and they can still be stigmatized for something that is totally natural (and necessary).

Burnout Series Part III: Why Self-Care just isn't Cutting it

As I described in Burnout Part I and Part II, there are aspects of managing burnout that are within our control:

  • Structuring self-care activities into our life

  • Being curious about the reasons that make it hard to slow down, take care of ourselves, and not take on so much

  • Getting support in learning how to approach ourselves with more kindness and develop self-compassion

But what happens when we do all that good work to take care of ourselves, hold ourselves accountable, get support, and we still can’t seem to climb out of that pit of fatigue?

Burnout Series Part II: Why is it so hard to find balance?

In our first post about burnout, we explored the importance of taking an inventory of all the things that serve to replenish you (e.g.- sleep, time with friends, moderate exercise), and things that deplete you (e.g.- unclear expectations at work, a conflict-ridden relationship, being preoccupied with work).

However, sometimes changing things up with regard to input/output doesn't have the intended impact. If this is the case, we need to take a deeper look at ourselves and explore the underlying issues that contribute to burnout.