HEALING THROUGH WRITING WORKSHOP
AN EXPRESSIVE WORKSHOP WITH ALLISON MCDONALD ACE.
January 17th, 2018 or February 14th, 2018
321 Carlaw Ave, Toronto
Cost: $75 + HST
Expressive Writing, also known as journaling, is one of those skills that should be in everyone’s tool box. It is probably the most effective way to get in touch with your authentic self which is essential to being able to effectively Design Your Life.
Let’s face it, we all have our stuff . As a psychologist, I have dedicated my professional career to helping people make sense of and work through their “stuff”. And I can honestly tell you that much of the benefit from this process unfolds simply from a focus of creating a safe space to express and hear your own voice. This is why journaling, also known as expressive writing, is something that I not only routinely recommend to my clients, but is a practice I engage in myself.
And I can’t tell you how excited I am to have Allison McDonald Ace share this workshop through my practice. I contacted and met Allison after I read an article she wrote about her experience recovering from a significant loss. When I learned that she taught classes on Expressive Writing, I immediately invited her to teach these classes in my practice and I am so honoured and delighted that she agreed. I had the opportunity to experience just a portion of Allison’s workshop a few weeks ago and the insights that came from that process are still with me today.
I will be there to introduce Allison to all of you and will return at the end to hear about your experience. I also have a special gift for all participants that I hope will motivate you to continue to use expressive writing to become your best possible self. I look forward to seeing you on November 22nd. Here are the details:
What it is: Healing Through Writing is designed to teach you to use expressive writing as a tool for your own personal healing. Just as one might develop a meditation or yoga practice, expressive writing is a special technique that, once made available to you, can help you to cope with stress and emotional upheaval you are currently experiencing, or to heal old wounds and clear up patterns that are no longer serving you.
In a safe, supportive environment you will learn to explore writing in a new way that has nothing to do with style, grammar, spelling or how “good” you are. Under the guidance of of Allison McDonald Ace, trained expressive writing workshop facilitator and published writer, you will be taken through the key steps and exercises of developing your own healing writing practice, the beauty of which being that you you can then take it with you anywhere, anytime.
This workshop does not require any prior experience with writing. It is for anyone pulled to writing in some way, whether you like to journal and are curious about exploring ways of expressing yourself, or are simply intrigued by the idea of starting to write. However, this is not a class to teach you how to write—this is a class to teach you how to help yourself heal—using pen, paper and mindfulness techniques.
What to bring: Please bring a notebook and your writing utensil of choice–pen, pencil, feather quill–whatever brings you joy!
GROWING FORWARD ON THE PATH TO PARENTHOOD
A WOMEN’S GROUP FOR BUILDING RESILIENCE WHILE TRYING TO CONCEIVE
Seven Thursdays between October 5 and December 14, 2017
7:00-9:00PM | 321 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto
This group is for women who are bold in spirit who refuse to shrink into a lesser version of themselves as they continue forward on this journey to become a parent. This group is not about helping you get pregnant. It’s about helping you preserve your sanity while you try, and grow in ways you had not thought were possible.
The goal of the group is to equip participants with tools they can use independently to support their own personal growth process. I have also enlisted some other master teachers who are incredibly talented and passionate about promoting women’s health. Most of them also come equipped with wisdom they have gained from the challenges of infertility, and pregnancy loss they have experienced personally on The Path to Parenthood.
The in-person group is limited to 8 participants.
SOUL POWERED RUN WITH Dr. STACY – EVERY WEDNESDAY MORNING at 6:15am | FALL 2016
This run is about more than exercise.
This run is about connecting: Connecting to others,
Connecting to nature,
Connecting to self.
Join me for a run and experience the impact of mindfulness in action.
I have been doing this kind of run on my own for the past few months and have realized that while I can write about this experience, (e.g., see blog post “Absurd Beautiful World”) there’s nothing like sharing this experience with others. Hence this invitation for you to join me.
When people come together out of a desire for personal growth, the vibe is always positive and powerful. So as much as I am motivated to share and teach, I am also excited to experience and receive the energy from your positive vibes in return.
Here are the details:
When?: Every Wednesday morning at 6:15 am sharp, regardless of the weather provided it is physically safe to run (i.e., no freezing rain)
Where?: Measurement Park, 1167 Eastern Avenue
Sign up by 11 pm Tuesday night.
Cost?: FREE (yay!!)
Here are the Rules:
No talking, No headphones. The idea is to tune in, not to tune out. To dim the noise, not create more. To be in a space of observation not distraction.
Please review the details of the format of the run before coming out so you have an understanding of the process and the suggested focus for each leg of the run.
From measurement park to the beach, just past Woodbine Pool.
Suggested Focus: Connection to Others.
During this first portion of the run, we run as a group. The pace will be set by the slowest runner. The point of this part of the run is to feel the energy of the group and to notice your response to accommodating to others. If this comes easily to you, you might notice the ability to attend to other things. Just notice what you notice.
Arrival at the shoreline.
Suggested Focus: Connection to Nature. (approximately 5 minutes)
Assume a rooted position either by planting your feet in the ground with a slight bend in the knees, sitting or kneeling. Allow the breath to naturally slow. Tune into one sense at a time, as you take in your surroundings. See, hear, smell, feel. Notice what you notice.
I will tap the people closest to me on the shoulder when it is time to shift to the next portion of the run. You are asked to look around and do the same.
Mindful walk back to the boardwalk
Suggested focus: Connection to self
This is a slow walk where we will attend carefully to each step. Notice the physical feeling of the walk. Really study your movements. Notice whatever emotional feelings you experience as you purposefully slow yourself down.
Run back to the start at whatever pace you choose.
Suggested focus: Connection to Self
Connect with your body, your power, the ability of your body to carry you. Feel the flow of the movement. Feel your strength.
Once we cross lakeshore back to Measurement Park, the idea is to challenge your limits, allowing the inspiration gained from the experience to power you. This is not a race against anyone else. This is an opportunity to allow that positive energy to flow through you and push your forward.
You are free to leave when you arrive back at the start or to wait for others to come in. For those willing to wait for me and for those I will wait for, I will be there to say good bye and thank each participant before I leave to continue on with my day.
If you feel so inclined, I encourage you to reflect and journal about your experience, post and share your comments.
I look forward to running with you soon!
SUPERHERO TRAINING WITH DR. STACY THOMAS | August 24th, 2016
9:30 pm, Monarch Park Stadium
“You are the superhero of our own epic journey” -Dr. Stacy @drstacytoronto
Dr. Stacy Thomas is not only an active participant at Resilience Fitness, but is also a Clinical Psychologist whose private practice in Toronto was inspired by her desire to assist those ready to truly Design their Lives.
Join @resilience_fitness and Dr. Stacy on August 24th @ 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM as she shares the tools she has acquired over close to 20 years of practice and training in clinical, sport and performance psychology to help you connect with your inner superhero and Design Your Life.
At the end of this one hour session you will have the skills to:
•Develop a clear sense of direction and purpose
•Tune into and amplify your own inner wisdom
•Vanquish ways of thinking that have the potential to steer you off course so that you can follow through with doing what you KNOW you need to do to become your best self.
GUEST SPEAKER AT INTACT INSURANCE MISSISSAUGA’S DIVERSITY DAY | March 19th, 2016
I am an individual. You have culture.
Dr. Stacy Thomas, is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice who defies any conventional form of categorization. As someone of multi-racial, multi-ethnic background, embracing diversity has literally been a way of life. Her experience while training to become a psychologist not only highlighted the pitfalls of the lack of diversity within her chosen profession, but also increased her awareness of her own biases and the importance of continuing to work on challenging them.
Known for her approachable style and ability to translate research findings into practical strategies for everyday life, Dr. Thomas will be leading us through a discussion designed to challenge common ideas of what it means to be culturally competent as well as some tools to help us successfully navigate and embrace living and working in a diverse world. Prepare to be engaged, have fun and leave with a fresh perspective.
MY EPOCH | March 5th, 2016
There is an emerging desire for authentic connections through quality conversations.
This series of events was created to free ourselves from cognitive and emotional rigidity thereby enhancing our sense of control, focus and pleasure.
Learning, sharing and celebrating in a novel environment will be the catalyst for better choices and behaviours.
The inaugural event is a balance of coherence, intrigue and provocation that is beautifully curated.
The Evening’s Speakers:
Dr. Mehran Tabrizi. Chiropractor & Osteopathy. Movility Founder. A Brain New Way To Be.
Dennis McCormac. Scientist/Creator. Converging art and science to open minds and educate the public in an accessible way. Genotype – Phenotype – Denotype…Are you my type?
Dr. Stacy Thomas. Clinical Psychologist. Design Your Life.
Greg Hum. Student Affairs Practitioner. Adventure seeker. Geek. Adventures Of A Reluctant Extrovert.
Corinne K. Change Catalyst. Content Creator. Embracing Imperfect Success.
Zach Smadu. Professional Actor. Freelance Athlete. Maker of things both tangible and elusive. Life-Hacks From Acting.
I provided an unscripted, 6 minute talk about my passion for my work as a Clinical Psychologist. To get an idea of the content, see my blog posted titled “Design Your Life: The Passion and the Process”
WHAT MAMA DIDN’T TELL US ABOUT HORMONES | November 18th, 2015
An event presented by the Purple Fig and thebellemethod
6:30 – 8:30 pm at Galllery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave Toronto
Participated as part of an expert panel on the impact of hormones on mental health and strategies for coping effectively. Other panelists included Cynthia Loyst, Co-Host of CTV’s, The Social, Kathy Buckworth, 6 time author and parenting expert, Dr. Dominika Zarzeczny, Naturopath and hormone expert, and Social Common, mom experts and Youtube show hosts.
THE NEXT BIG THING | October 8th, 2015
Presented a brief talk on the impact of our thoughts and behaviour on the physical structure of the brain, ways of thinking that contribute to stress, and mental strategies to improve resilience.