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October Recap

ICYMI: Elpizo Counselling joined the fight against Breast Cancer last month. 

As part of the awareness campaign, Elpizo organized a virtual group yoga and paint night to raise funds for  breast cancer research.The events raised $450 and  Elipizo added their own donation of  $550 for a total of $1,000 in donations..

Have a look at our gallery for some of the amazing art that our participants created:

Also, it’s not too late for you to get in a yoga session of your own. Here is a video of the yoga class lead by Yoga Alliance Registered Instructor (and Elpizo therapist) Tala Barrage.

We are committed to supporting and connecting with our community through our ‘Community Connect’ programs which we have established as a virtual space for people who are looking for insight, guidance and healing from this pandemic and other unfortunate circumstances. 

Feel free to register for any of our upcoming workshops and seminars or share it with someone you know who could use our support.

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Safety Planning for Victims of Domestic Abuse

It might seem overwhelming to prepare a safety plan when you wish to leave an abusive relationship. Here are some tips for those who are thinking about starting their path to a safer place: 

  • If it is safe to do so, always have a phone accessible and know what numbers to call for help, including friends or family and your local shelter. Know where the nearest public phone is located. 
  • Plan and practice with your children and identify a safe place where they can go during moments of crisis, like a room with a lock or a friend’s house.  
  • Back your car into your driveway when you park at home and ensure your gas is at a full tank. If possible, keep the driver’s door unlocked with the rest of the doors locked to allow for quick access to the vehicle. 
  • Let trusted friends and neighbors know about your situation and develop a plan and visual signal for when you might need their help. Give them clear instructions on who you do or do not want them to contact in moments of crisis, including law enforcement. 
  • When preparing to go to a shelter, if you can, call ahead to see what the shelter’s policies are. They can give you information on how they can help, and how to secure a space when it’s time to leave. 
  • Have a backup plan if your partner finds out about your plan. 
  • What to bring:  
    • Driver’s license or Ontario Photo Card 
    • Social insurance card 
    • Health card 
    • Birth certificate and children’s birth certificates 
    • Financial information 
    • Money and/or credit cards (in your name) 
    • Checking and/or savings account books 
    • Protective order, if applicable 
    • Copies of any lease or rental agreements or the deed to your home 
    • Car registration and insurance papers 
    • Health and life insurance papers 
    • Medical records for you and your children 
    • School records 
    • Work permits/passport/visas/immigration papers 
    • Any legal documents, including divorce and custody papers 
    • Marriage license 
    • Medications and refills (if possible) 
    • Emergency items, like food, bottles of water, and a first aid kit 
    • Multiple changes of clothes for you and your children 
    • Emergency money 
    • Address book 
    • Extra sets of house and car keys 
    • Pictures and sentimental items 
    • Valuable items, such as jewelry 
    • Safe cell phone, if necessary 
    • Numbers of your attorney, local domestic violence program or shelter, local doctor’s office and hospital, criminal legal resources, children’s school

You might want to consider keeping copies of these items at a friend’s place so it won’t raise suspicion if found by your abuser and in case your abuser decides to destroy these items as they may anticipate your plan to escape.

 No matter the severity of your situation, just know that you are not overreacting or being drastic. Signs of abuse can begin to show up in small ways, so it’s important to be mindful, watchful and prepared at all costs. You are not alone. There is a world of support to help and encourage you through your circumstance.

For more information, please visit the Government of Canada website at: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/health-promotion/stop-family-violence/plan-your-safety.html

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Career & Professional Life Balancing

Is your work-life and personal life balanced?

Why is it important to balance your career and personal life? Anyone and everyone who is currently working, needs to find the perfect balance between their work-life and their personal life priorities. 

 

How can you tell if your work-life and personal life are properly balanced? You can find out by taking this short quiz:

 

  1. I am constantly stressed and feel like my whole life is out of balance. 
  1. True
  2. False
  1. I don’t get to spend much time with my friends/family.
  1. True
  2. False
  1. I don’t have a proper “me-day” or a good amount of time for myself to unplug weekly.
  1. True
  2. False
  1. My daily life is pretty unorganized and I tend to just go with the flow without having a proper schedule.
  1. True
  2. False
  1. I tend to work longer hours than anticipated.
  1. True
  2. False
  1. My responsibilities at home have increased.
  1. True
  2. False
  1. My overall physical, emotional and mental health is currently not in a good state.
  1. True
  2. False
  1. Work from home has increased my work hours and decreased my productivity.
  1. True
  2. False
  1. With the new ‘work-from-home’ normal, I can’t draw a line between professional or personal life.
  1. True
  2. False
  1. My social circle only consists of my work friends.
  1. True
  2. False

After taking this quiz, if you answered with mostly “A” ‘s, you may need to start thinking about boundaries that you have set, or need to set, and to think about what your top priorities should be. 

 

Click here to find 6 tips for better work-life balance.

 

[Forbes]

 

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[Is your work-life and personal life properly balanced out? Take this quiz to find out!]

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Elpizo Joins The Fight Against Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Breast cancer is the most common cancer and second leading cause of cancer death for Canadian women. The National Breast Cancer Foundation reported that a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes. This October Elpizo is joining the fight and helping to make a difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer.

An interesting fact about breast cancer is that the left breast seems to develop cancer more often than the right breast, which scientists have yet to figure out why. Also, men can develop breast cancer too. Less than 1% of all breast cancers occur in men and each year in Canada, approximately 220 men are diagnosed with breast cancer – having approximately 60 men die from the disease.

There are many ways for you to contribute to the fight against breast cancer and support those currently battling it:

  1. Self Breast Examination: Breast self-exams are important for the early detection of any cancer,, they do not take up too much time and it’s not painful or uncomfortable. Click here to watch a quick video on how to do a breast self-exam.
  2. Education: There are many free and informative articles, websites, and ebooks you can check out to learn about breast cancer and the effects it has on men and women. Simply do a Google search for ‘breast cancer’ and you’ll have a world of information that is just one click away.
  3. Donations: A little can go a long way and anything is always appreciated! You can donate to screening and treatment centres or organizations that support breast cancer research.
  4. Support: You can now virtually volunteer by hosting online fundraisers and spreading the word + sharing the news about breast cancer awareness.
  5. Be positive and hopeful: Being open and sharing your stories about how you or someone you know have been affected by breast cancer. Wearing a pink ribbon will also help spread awareness and get the conversations starting! 

To all our cancer warriors, Elpizo is fighting with you in hope. On October 25th, Elpizo will be hosting a yoga session at 11 am, followed by a paint and sip on October 30th time to be confirmed.

Come join us in the fight against breast cancer by spreading the word and bringing awareness to this disease. If you would like to make a donation for cancer research, visit our Facebook page and donate funds through our Canadian Cancer Society fundraiser

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Brand New: Elpizo Refreshes Brand & Continues to Spread Hope

With fall just starting and winter coming at lightning speed, Elpizo Counselling Service is happy to announce a refresh to a brand that has supported their community for more than 19 years. We are Elpizo and are very excited to showcase this new look for the company and invite everyone to take a look at our website and social media to see the changes. 

Many changes come from this new look like our enhanced, blue and orange colours. The blue represents loyalty, intelligence, faith, tranquillity and calmness. While the orange compliments the blue and represents determination, success, encouragement, and stimulation. We believe that these colours represent Elpizo the best as we embrace these ideals every time we interact with a client or partner.

The Executive Director of Elpizo, Ruth Baah-Gyebi has been very excited about this new era at Elpizo and had this to say. “Our new mission and vision statements “Building hope, renewing strength, supporting healing and enriching lives” captures the essence, core and character of Elpizo”. 

Aside from the colours, there are many other things that you might take notice of. The website has been refreshed and is now easier to navigate for our clients and partners. We will also be producing more content to bring awareness and information to people interested in counselling and therapy on our website as well as Youtube. 
One thing is for sure, even though Elpizo may look different, we are still providing reliable and engaging service to clients. We will always make sure that the clients’ needs come first during every session while at the same time making sure we are accessible through unprecedented times. If you would like a free consultation please feel free to contact us at this link https://www.elpizocounselling.com/book-online/.

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3 Reasons Why Experienced Therapists Choose Elpizo

At Elpizo, we are looking to expand our family of therapists to make sure we are keeping up with the demand of our clients. We take pride in offering affordable and accessible counselling services in a confidential and safe environment for all people from all walks of life. Experienced therapists from around the country love being part of our team, and here are three reasons why:

  1. Work as a family 



When we say “family”, we mean that you’ll be working in an understanding, communicative and teamwork environment. We meet together every week in a group setting to check in with each other. We see how each therapist’s cases are going and we teach and mentor our younger therapists. As a team, we are very supportive and encouraging of each other to be the best person you can be for your client. 

  1. Professional Development 


We take professional growth seriously at Elpizo, so we make sure that you have the best supervision possible. Not only do we have weekly group meetings, but supervisors will have one-on-ones with our therapists to check in on their current cases and give support where needed. There are also a plethora of training opportunities such as premarital counselling, Rapid Resolution Therapy Training, Egan Stages of Counselling and much more.

  1. Celebrate 


It’s not always work at Elpizo, we also like to take time to celebrate with our team. No matter what the holiday is whether it is a Christmas or Thanksgiving we celebrate with a purpose. We also make sure that each of our therapists feels loved and special on their birthdays! No matter what the holiday is, we make sure we get together because in the end, we are a family.


If you are an experienced therapist and you are considering joining a well-rounded and supportive counselling team, then you’re in the right place. Read more about our opening for experienced therapists here and email us your resume to apply to info@elpizocounselling.com.