As Ontario reopens , we continue to provide virtual therapy and bringing back in-person sessions starting July 5th, for new and existing clients. If you’re struggling or know someone who is please reach out to, as we will reach in as well.  YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

Creating a Tool Box – One Creative Way To Manage Anxiety

Creating a Tool Box – One Creative Way To Manage Anxiety

When the outside world is in chaos, how do we center ourselves from the noise? 

We call it “The Coping Box” .  A box filled with certain things that would be able to assist in managing any form anxiety.  The box can be big, small and it can even be a compact box for you to travel with.   Here are a few ideas on what to add in your coping box:

  • Self Smoothness- comforting things that carries the 5 senses for instance, something to smell like candles; something to hear like music, something to touch like lava beads.
  • Distraction: keeping your mind off things while focusing on something like putting together a puzzle, artwork, inspiring quotes
  • Emotional Awareness : expressing your feelings such as journaling, drawing, poetry writing.
  • Crisis Plan – contact information of support and resources when coping skills aren’t enough such as connecting with a Therapist, A Doctor, a Friend, A Distress Line and 911.

Anxiousness often subsides, but when we are in the moment, it feels like an eternity. Validate that feeling! It’s okay to not be okay right now. Your emotions are part of you, therefore it is meaningful no matter how big or small.

Beyond the Definitions & Diagnosis – Post Traumatic Stress Injuries

Beyond the Definitions & Diagnosis – Post Traumatic Stress Injuries

We often explore mental health definitions, signs and symptoms. PTSD is no exception, yet what happens after we figure out that it is a possibility we have endured trauma and a mental health injury.  Frontline workers whether it be First Responders, Military, Veterans, Corrections,Probation and Parole often question this to Mental Health Professionals.  For instance most have advised us ” I have PTSD, how can you help me”  We often advise Frontline that PTSD is a diagnosis and it is one part of the healing process.  We often advise Frontline, that we change the lingo from PTSD to PTSI – Post Traumatic Stress Injury, as that is what we are focusing on, in a therapeutic setting.  Even changing the lingos can alter how we manage our own trauma.

We are often asked questions on how to seek help with a mental health injuries like PTSI.   First and foremost, Mental Health Professionals must be well equipped of understanding Frontline Trauma. Everyone can provide assistance, but understanding First Responders, Military, Veterans, Corrections, Probation and Parole role in their community or country, what that entails, the jargon, the evolution of protecting, serving and saving is one big step that is not only essential but necessary.

At Embracing Empowerment Counselling Services, we have that expertise and we are  affliliated with a number of Frontline Organizations.  We just don’t provide therapy, we provide the essence of understanding the root of trauma, and how you can manage life beyond the badge and the uniform. #BootsOnTheGround #Mission #Training #Grounding #TransformingIntoCivilianLife #WeRemember #StrengthInNumbers


Understanding Mental Health Injury as a Family

Understanding Mental Health Injury as a Family

Imagine having a family member away from home for  days, weeks, months at a time. Imagine the feeling we get when they return home from a shift, or time away. Imagine feeling something changed. Imagine feeling that a parent or loved one, is no longer happy. Imagine seeing the changes the war, or a traumatic event does to someone you love.   Imagine being that person who left to serve their country and see how their changes in thoughts and behaviours changes the dynamics in a household. Imagine. What do we do? How do we approach? What should we say? Can we handle talking about it?

At Embracing Empowerment Counselling Services we provide a feeling of safeness, guidance and resources on these very questions.  We continue to empower those who have lost their way through trauma.

Here are a few resources we provide for our Military, Veterans, and First Responders families.  A great reference in helping your loved ones understand what trauma can do without feeling it’s your fault or theirs.

#CollaborativeWork #BootsOnTheGround #ReturningHome #TransformingToCivilianLife #StrengthInNumbers #WeveGotYourBack

What Do Therapists Provide? – A Perspective From A Registered Social Worker

What Do Therapists Provide? – A Perspective From A Registered Social Worker

A recent article from The Global News theorized the differences between a Psychiatrist, a Psychologist and a Therapist.  The article came from a perspective of a Psychologist who is through a regulated body.  What is a regulated body? Regulated body is a place where Professionals are under an Affiliated College that provides code of conducts, ethics, guidelines, educational workshops when a person is providing a professional service.  For instance, Physicians are affiliated with their Province (Ontario as an example)/State College, like Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.  Another example , there are different forms of Therapists that are under different Colleges as well, like Psychotherapists are often affiliated with College of Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario and Therapists that have a Social Work background are affiliated with the College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers of Ontario.

But what are the differences?  Besides the Affiliated College, it depends on what a Professional is specializing in. For the purpose of keeping this simple, we are taking the perspective of a Therapist who has a Social Work background.

Social Workers have often been associated with Child Protection Services, Hospital settings and schools. However, there is another perspective of Social Workers that are often ignored.  Social Workers who successfully obtain a Graduate Degree in Psychology or Social Work, can also become a Registered Therapist.

Social Workers who become Therapist are allowed by their affiliated College to call themselves varies Professional Names, such as Registered Social Workers, Therapist, and  Mental Health Counsellor.

Social Workers have the knowledge and training in providing various forms of Therapy such as, Individual, Couple, Family, Group Therapy.  Therapy approaches that a Social Worker can also use but not limited are as follows:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Exposure Therapy

Play Therapy

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)



Person-Centered Therapy (Client-Centered)

Therapists comes from all walks of life and provides numerous areas of expertise.  Clients have always a choice in choosing what kind of Mental Health Professional they require in becoming a better and stronger individuals.

Education is the key to Awareness and Awareness is the key to Accepting Who You Are!

Attachment and Trauma Conference

Healing Is Much More Than Words – Daniel Seigel

Founder and Therapist of Embracing Empowerment Counselling Services, Parul Shah recently attended an International Conference regarding Attachment and Trauma: The Neurobiology of Healing. The Conference had 11 Speakers and over 1200 Professionals from various backgrounds attended the Conference.  The main theme throughout the 3 days was that there is a neurobiology connection between attachment, trauma and healing.

H.O.P.E – Hold On Pain Ends

H.O.P.E – Hold On Pain Ends

You’ve seen the word; you’ve heard it many times and you’ve used the word – Hope. A word so powerful that it can omit pain. The catch, hope only provides its magical being when you feel it, when you speak it, and when you truly hear it. Hope brings us the belief system that there is still good when we are feeling down, or unsure where to turn. Hope makes us feel whole when our world is falling apart. Is it worth it? Absolutely! So Start the conversation, lend a hand, a listening ear and a compassionate heart.

We Believe In You!

Therapy – The Power of Conversation

Therapy – The Power of Conversation

According to World Health Organization ( WHO) one million around the world take their own lives every year.  To make it even more gruelling – every 40 seconds another life is taken by suicide.

No matter if you are a friend, family member, a stranger or a mental health professional these statistics are unsettling.

I remember a time when I had a friend contemplating on taking their own life.  I’m not sure what I said to them but it swayed them from not going through with their plan. Years later, we reconnected, and I asked them what made their decision to not end their life – they said ” our conversation ”

What happen if I wasn’t there at that point of time ? Would they have gone through with their plan? The magnitude feeling you have,  knowing that you saved somebody by merely having a conversation is surreal.

Today, we are in the heap of technology, social media – everything appears to be online. For the past few years online therapy has become a huge phenomenon. It’s easy, it’s convenient. However there is some tweaks yet to be made on how it would be delivered, received and the risks still have yet to measured.

For some getting into the techie world is not something they are ready for, and believe conversing a face to face conversation can be beneficial.

The options are open to all.

The power of conversation can save a life – “our voice is the most powerful tool – it can help guide you to your path and it can also help another who lost their way.” (quote by Founder, Owner & Therapist Of Embracing Empowerment Counselling Services –  Parul Shah-08.23. 2016)

Through The Eyes Of A Therapist

Through The Eyes Of A Therapist

Passion and Knowledge can go far in life, but it can be short lived if there is no action to what you believe in. As a Therapist at Embracing Empowerment Counselling Services our passion comes through on how we empower others to better themselves. We would like to share a few pointers on the driven knowledge and passion that we believe would help others take that courageous step of seeking help.

• When you accept yourself, both the good, the bad and the ugly – you will start to feel peace. I am here to tell you – YOU ARE ENOUGH.

• Learning to say NO is essential part of owning your own happiness. It’s ok to say you have limits. We are innated to please and help others, but when it takes all of who you are, we can become lost. So say NO for you.

• Comparing yourself to others will not get you anywhere. It can either make you feel superior or even feeling not worthy. We are all different who bring in uniqueness to the table. The goal is to find what your unique self brings to the world.

• Communication is Key to any resolution in life. With the technology that we have we forget that sometimes the basic human need is the concept of talk. It can omit life’s heartaches, hurt, pain, anger, sadness, loneliness.

• We are not here to “fix” people, We’re here to advise that you are a person, a human being, that consists of complexity, beauty & uniqueness. We are here to help you understand yourself, and find clarity of what that entails.

Happiness comes through glimpses of HOPE, COMPASSION and HEALING. Our Passion continues with ongoing Call of Action by providing 30 Minute Free Consultation, as we believe that Everyone Deserves Self Care!