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Kathy Vance http://kathyvance.com Psychotherapist Riverdale Toronto Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:59:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.10 See you in September…. http://kathyvance.com/2017/08/08/see-you-in-september/ http://kathyvance.com/2017/08/08/see-you-in-september/#respond Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:19:31 +0000 http://kathyvance.com/?p=35864

Kate on the Slootamata July 2017

Taking some time on the rainy river….

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Happy Valentine’s Day http://kathyvance.com/2016/02/14/happy-valentines-day/ http://kathyvance.com/2016/02/14/happy-valentines-day/#respond Sun, 14 Feb 2016 21:05:23 +0000 http://kathyvance.com/?p=915 Happy Valentines DayLove is good

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Red hot feelings http://kathyvance.com/2016/02/07/red-hot-feelings/ http://kathyvance.com/2016/02/07/red-hot-feelings/#respond Sun, 07 Feb 2016 15:53:06 +0000 http://kathyvance.com/?p=907 red-46379_960_720[1]

I like the colour RED but when I was shopping for a bicycle helmet I was told not to buy a RED helmet because the human eye naturally focuses on the colour RED. Studies have proven that RED helmet wearers on bicycles get hit more often by cars, therefore attracting the very same energy that they’re designed to guard against.   The bull fighter’s cape is RED.

Attraction to the colour RED may come from the colour of our blood. RED hot flares of passionate love or extreme hatred are emotions we like to dumb down because of their ability to carry us away. We adults are supposed to be beyond temper tantrums.   When five year olds can’t express the extremes of their own emotions they kick, hit, bite and spit. It takes know-how to stand up for yourself, maintain your dignity and self respect.  I can help you with that.


If you feel overtaken by feelings you can’t control or that seem to be controlling you, don’t worry, give me call: 416.465.4121. You won’t have to spend your life in therapy.  Let me teach you immediately useful life skill tools you will be able to apply at work, at home and on yourself.



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Yo yo diets http://kathyvance.com/2016/01/27/yo-yo-diets/ http://kathyvance.com/2016/01/27/yo-yo-diets/#respond Wed, 27 Jan 2016 20:14:15 +0000 http://kathyvance.com/?p=900 snacking

Gyms are full this time of year.   The cycle of partying in December and regretting in January is a predictable diet cycle in our North American culture where food is plentiful and fast food  handy.

But maybe it’s not so much a question of which diet to follow if you’re not happy with your body image.  BBC News Two, on its program: Trust Me, I’m a Doctor, recently made a good point about the timing of eating following an old adage:

“Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper.” It appears to be true. If you must have that fry-up, have it for breakfast.

Our bodies really don’t appreciate dealing with lots of food late at night. Various studies using both mice and humans have shown that a midnight snack will have a worse impact on your body than the same food eaten earlier in the day.   For example, a few years ago Prof. Satchidananda Panda, from the world-famous Salk Institute in California, showed that mice fed on a high-fat diet, but only allowed to eat that diet within an eight-hour window, were healthier and slimmer than mice that were given exactly the same food but allowed to eat it whenever they wanted.

So changing the time of eating rather than what you’re eating has significant health and weight loss impact ‘without really trying”.

Sticking rigidly to a reduced eating window for many people who work crazy hours or have family eating time restrictions may not be entirely practical, but there does seem to be benefit from doing it when you can – and it is certainly a good idea to avoid the midnight cheeseburger.




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Healthy mind through food http://kathyvance.com/2016/01/15/healthy-mind-through-food/ http://kathyvance.com/2016/01/15/healthy-mind-through-food/#respond Fri, 15 Jan 2016 20:55:36 +0000 http://kathyvance.com/?p=892  

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Now in the middle of Winter I love to think of August in the Eastern Townships harvesting blueberries and red currants on our friend’s blueberry farm. One of my favourite things.

Short for Mediterranean-DASH Diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay, the MIND diet is a combination of the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets, and was developed by Martha Clare Morris and her colleagues at Rush University Medical Center, U.S.A..

Both the Mediterranean and DASH diets have previously been shown to be effective in reducing the risk of a number of health problems, including high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, and dementia, with Morris and her colleagues using previous research to assess which foods and their nutrients have a positive, or negative effect on the brain.

In recent studies participants who followed the diet rigorously showed up to a 53% percent lower risk of Alzheimer’s, with those who didn’t follow the diet strictly still showing around a 35% lower risk of the disease.

The diet may also slow cognitive decline among older adults even when they are not at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

The diet consists of 15 dietary components, with ten “brain-healthy food groups” and five unhealthy groups.

To benefit from the cognitive-protecting effects of the diet the team advise the following guidelines:

–       Eat a green leafy vegetable and one other vegetable every day

–       Snack most days on nuts

–       Eat beans every other day

–       Eat poultry at least twice a week

–       Eat fish at least once a week

–       Enjoy a glass of wine a day

–       Eat berries at least twice a week

Berries are the only fruit specifically to be included in the MIND diet, with previous studies showing that strawberries have shown to have a positive effect on the cognitive function of the brain, and with Morris and her team believing blueberries to be one of the most powerful foods available for protecting the brain.


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Sweet 16 http://kathyvance.com/2016/01/14/sweet-16/ http://kathyvance.com/2016/01/14/sweet-16/#respond Thu, 14 Jan 2016 20:30:59 +0000 http://kathyvance.com/?p=885 August 6,2011 036Wishing all my friends, family, and my wonderful clients a sweet 2016.  Let’s ride together.

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Season’s greetings http://kathyvance.com/2015/12/19/seasons-greetings-2/ http://kathyvance.com/2015/12/19/seasons-greetings-2/#respond Sat, 19 Dec 2015 08:08:30 +0000 http://kathyvance.com/?p=871 12366377_10153158705921050_3257245337663444797_n[2]                   Respect for all

*looking out into the world, this new world, Canada,  our futures lie before us

*it helps to envision our futures so that we can help make them happen

*helping you with decisions to commit your life to your own future is what I do best

*29 years experience.  All cultural backgrounds.  All shapes and sizes.

*member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.





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Ho ho ho http://kathyvance.com/2015/12/18/happynewyearsweet-sixteen/ http://kathyvance.com/2015/12/18/happynewyearsweet-sixteen/#respond Fri, 18 Dec 2015 17:30:46 +0000 http://kathyvance.com/?p=876 Santa 2006

Me and good friend Santa….taken ten years ago, ho ho ho.  See you next year….!!!


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The Hold- how to comfort a crying infant http://kathyvance.com/2015/12/11/the-hold-how-to-comfort-a-crying-infant/ http://kathyvance.com/2015/12/11/the-hold-how-to-comfort-a-crying-infant/#respond Fri, 11 Dec 2015 18:11:48 +0000 http://kathyvance.com/?p=862 In my psychotherapy practice in Riverdale, Toronto, I sometimes see little babies in my office while their first time parents figure out with me new emotional territory between each other and their newborn child.  The adjustment to this big new responsibility can bring with it a variety of relationship imbalances which are normal and so worthwhile to work out with each other in a safe place.  Newborns are welcome in my practice just as are their siblings, parents, grand and great grandparents.  Room for all.

This Hold method is very useful for a new parent or for example if you are not a parent yourself but have been asked to hold a baby in distress who’s shrieking.


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