Newsletter #1

With deep gratitude, thanks for supporting me!

Thank you to all my clients

With Deep Gratitude: Newsletter #1

After almost five years in private practice, I’m finally getting my act together (with the help of my dear friend Jeff, my new techie guy).

I have an updated website, mailing list, schedule system and invoicing process—but none of this was possible without all of you!

You were courageous and brave when you reached out during some of your most vulnerable parenting and family moments.You let me in—an invitation I am honoured and privileged to accept. THANK YOU!

Out of necessity, I started my private practice during one of the scariest and darkest times in my life. After painfully deciding to leave my marriage, I found myself a single mom of two toddlers with no job or income.

With the direction of my higher power, my own amazing therapist and mentor, and my supportive and caring family of choice, I crawled out of despair and discovered my true calling and heart’s desire.

It has been a journey of true faith, authentic living: at times confusion and rage, laughter and tears—oh, the tears! And all along there were all of you!

Sharing your stories, reaching out—you kept me brave, you kept me going, you kept me focused and accountable. One day at a time, one breath at a time.

I deeply and truly thank all of you for believing in me!

Ishtar

Below you’ll find updates on my practice, as well as

  • great summer camps and workshops;
  • personal stories and self-care nook;
  • family-themed activities and suggestions;
  • Daddy Corner: All about Jeff (my techie guy).

 

ADMINISTRATIVE UPDATES

I’ve upgraded my website

You can now book appointments online via your phone, tablet or computer.

You will receive an email confirmation and reminder for your appointment.

If you don’t receive reminders, check your spam folder and mark messages from “gettimely” (my booking provider) as “not spam.”

For further instructions, visit the Timely help page on this topic.

New and Extended Hours

New hours

  • Tuesdays: 12pm – 3pm
  • Wednesdays: 1pm – 7:30pm
  • Thursdays: 12pm – 3pm
  • Fridays: 9:30am – 3pm

 
Extended hours

I offer extended hours every other weekend.

  • Fridays: 5:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Saturdays: 1pm – 4pm
  • Sundays: 1pm – 4pm

The online booking system will allow extended hour appointments only on available days.

**New** Cancellations

Please give 48 hours notice otherwise a $25 fee will apply.

New Mummy Company Partnership

I’m excited to partner with the New Mummy Company, an organization that provides a range of excellent professional services to new parents.

In addition to my regular practice, I provide family therapy, potty training and sleep training services over the phone for New Mummy clients in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Calgary.

PRACTICE WHAT I PREACH: STAYING ACCOUNTABLE

Camps & Workshops

Radiant Girls
Sophia, my little bunny and daughter, has had some struggles this year in school. My hope is to empower her and give her what I didn’t have growing up: self-worth.

I searched long and hard and found Radiant Girls. She will be attending Radiant Girl camp this summer.

Radiant Girls offers summer camps designed to inspire a love of health and well-being for a girl’s mind, body and soul.

To reserve a space, please email gina@radiantgirls.ca.

Gina and I are working on ways to get parents more involved in the process and the girls’ journey, so healing and self-discovery can continue well beyond camp.

If you have any thoughts, ideas or feedback please let me know.

The Arterie: Inspired Parenting Workshop
Perhaps I shouldn’t let you know, but I’m not a perfect parent. LMAO. I’m registered and attending too!

June 15, 2017, 7 – 9 p.m. $30
384 Guelph Line, Burlington

Parents will learn

  • the difference between open and closed communication;
  • how to get beyond your child’s one word responses;
  • the art of active listening and more.

The Arterie inspires healing, empowerment and well-being through creativity and psychotherapy.

Inquiries:
Ask for Claudia or Sarah 905-333-2717 or info@arterie.ca | www.arterie.ca

Imago Workshops
My new partner (Chris) and I attended an Imago couples workshop last spring. It was intense and it taught us tons of new tools. Even though we still struggle there is progress and I know this workshop helped us understand each other and equipped us with some great tools.

Imago couples workshops are covered by OHIP.

Personal Stories

The Meditation Box
My little cub and son, Ben, brought home a shoe box the other night. He said it was his meditation box.

While my daughter, Sophia, did homework with Chris, I went upstairs to meditate with Ben. By the time I got to his room, the lights were dimmed and he had taken out a small tea light candle, prayer and timer from the shoe box.

He sat crossed legged with his hands resting on his knees and asked me to do the same. He recited the most lovely prayer or mantra:

Open my ears to hear your voice, open our eyes to see you, open our mouths to say your words and open our hearts to your love: MA RA NA THA.

We sat silently for one minute. It was absolutely lovely!!

Thanks Mme Morgan. We have now made our own meditation box. The whole family knows Mom needs it most!!

Keeping my own stuff in check

At least once a month I work with my own therapist and mentor (Martha Peirce). This wise woman has been with me since I was 27. She guides me, holds me accountable, teaches me, cares about me. I am absolutely honoured and blessed she now supervises me in my own private practice.

Self-care nook

Mindfulness
As most of you don’t know (LMAO), I struggle with being present. I’m challenging myself to become more mindful and dreading it! But I’m committed and I’m going to do it.

The series of classes offered by The Mindfulness Centre are covered by OHIP.

FEEL FREE TO CHECK IN WITH ME!!

Activities & Suggestions

Slow things down
This summer, in keeping with my mindfulness and being present quest, I’m going to “TRY” and keep it simple and slow down—wish me luck!

Some ideas I’m exploring are:

  • Camping outdoors
  • Setting up a family reading area
  • Planting a vegetable garden
  • Practicing meditation (we now have our box) and gratitude

 
Pick a family summer theme
Create a family summer theme and work it into activities and outings.

Some suggestions:

  • Connection
  • Kindness
  • Spontaneity
  • Gratitude
  • Empathy

 
Summer reading
I am also going to attempt to read—really sit down and read.

Here’s my list:

  • Love Warrior, by Glennon Doyle Melton
  • Your Competent Child, by Jesper Juul
  • The Dance of Anger, by Harriet Lerner, Ph.D.

 

DADDY CORNER

All about Jeff: My techie guy
Jeff wrote a great post about how his mom inspired him to be a writer.

He shares his tips on keeping a journal for your kids and how giving it as a future gift can bring families closer together. LOVE THIS STORY!

GRATITUDE

With gratitude and humility, thank you to all my clients, past and present, who have helped me build my practice; my children, Ben and Sophia, who have helped me be a better person; Chris, whose love has helped me be a better woman; and all my family and friends who make me laugh, and watch me cry (Tara—a special shout out).

I am grateful for all your support and deeply appreciate all your referrals.

Ishtar
P.S. For June and July, I’m offering $25 off sleep training packages.

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