The Tsunami COVID-19, Beware the Undertow

The Tsunami COVID-19, Beware the Undertow

Todd Kaufman, MDiv, BFA, BA, RP April 2020, Toronto, CANADAAnd so it begins… The crushing power of a tsunami can destroy almost anything we can build, including entire communities. And as the wave of destruction retreats, as it must always do, the undertow can drag...

Getting Meditation Right

Getting Meditation Right

I’ve been meditating for years and have found meditation incredibly helpful on many fronts. In short, it has taught me how to become better at managing my thoughts. This means I ruminate less, worry less, and have come to truly understand that “just because I have a thought, I don’t have to keep it.”

How to Cure Anxiety…Surprise!

How to Cure Anxiety…Surprise!

One of the things I learned many years ago, and deeply embrace as a psychotherapist, is the power of continually learning. There are so many wins in being a “learn it all” as opposed to a “know it all!”

Anxiety Panic Disorder and Drugs

Anxiety Panic Disorder and Drugs

In an attempt to treat my own anxiety and panic I sought out help and wisdom from everyone and everywhere I could think of, family, friends, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, my family doctor, and the local university research library

How To End Anxiety

How To End Anxiety

How many times have you said to yourself the next day, or even the moment after something came out of your mouth: “Darn, I shouldn’t have said that!” Imagine how your life might be if you were able to talk and even have a heated debate, and never mis-speak?

Anxiety Panic Disorder and Medication

Anxiety Panic Disorder and Medication

Does medication cure these challenges? No. The medication used for anxiety and panic attacks either help lower the hormones in your system that give you the symptoms, or they attempt, through a couple of different mechanisms, to make your feel-good hormones more plentiful.

Anxiety For No Reason

Anxiety For No Reason

Anxiety for no reason is a very common complaint from my psychotherapy patients and coaching clients. Sometimes this complaint will come from those who have mastered the symptoms of anxiety and suddenly it seems to reappear out of nowhere. when we experience anxiety:


Facing Cancer or any other serious diagnosis can be tough. Here is my story. With no history of cancer in my family, and doing my best to lead a healthy lifestyle, it was quite the shock last fall to have a friend, who is a Head & Neck surgeon notice a lump…


It is human nature to become a little sad from time to time, or even depressed. But for those of you who have experienced depression including Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD), the accompanying feelings of sadness, loneliness, worthlessness…

Creating Happiness

It is understood that to create lasting change it takes a minimum of 66-99 days of consistent practice. This includes creating happiness! Physiologically we are talking about creating new neuro-networks in your brain – new ways of thinking and being.

Making Affirmations Work

It is well known that the use of positive affirmations can be very helpful in detecting the changes in your life you wish. Great motivators such as Louise Hay, Sally Fisher and Wayne Dyer, have encouraged this practice. Affirmations such as, “every day, in every way, I am getting better and better!” are used by millions of people worldwide.

Rumble Strips – Habits and Addictions

Rumble Strips – Habits and Addictions

Sometimes life hurts. And pain is not something most of us enjoy, and in particular, pain is something that your brain is programmed to avoid.
When life frustrates us or causes us pain, it is frequently obvious as to its source. There are also times when our subconscious becomes frustrated and hurt. On both counts our brain moves to protect us by either fighting back, or avoidance. This is our primal “fear or flight” programming.

What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?

What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis in a clinical setting to help clients overcome challenges in their lives. It is often used to help overcome smoking, nail biting, and other such habits. It can also be an integral part of a psychotherapeutic plan to help someone guide his or her life towards a satisfying and happy experience. A skilled practitioner can include hypnotherapy as part of a treatment plan to help you overcome more complex issues such as depression, addictions, and other behavior that is not helping you live a healthy and productive life.

Tapping – Powerful Psychological Tool

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or tapping, is a one of many psychological tools that can be used in proactive and progressive counselling and psychotherapy.
Tapping integrates Western medicines new found understanding of neurological development and patterning, with Eastern medicines understanding of energy and the meridians in the body by which this energy travels.

Tools For Happiness

In the last decade there have been dozens of studies around happiness. What is happiness? How was it created? How can we sustain happiness? These have been the proposals of academic studies, PhD thesis’, and the main thrust of inquiry for institutions such as the Dalai Lama’s ‘Mind Life Institute.’
Less academic, but often as if not more interesting, are the number of videos on YouTube and elsewhere that talk about happiness.

Parenting Your Brain

Parenting Your Brain

We have all done and things that we know are not in our best interest. “I just couldn’t help myself,” is a worn plea I frequently hear from new clients. They come to me with stories of regret, stories or frustration, stories of stories gone badly, and stories of behavior that brought them pain. Broken relationships, lost jobs, panic attacks, slides back into the addiction – and so these circles of life seem to eternally repeat for those who have not learned the skills necessary to be the master of their choices.

A Practical Approach to Recovering From Depression

A Practical Approach to Recovering From Depression

‘The Emotional Guidance Scale’
Depression can be a powerful and disabling disease. Not unlike a virus it can seek to destroy its host through slowly disassembling every belief and experience you have ever had that supported you. In previous articles I have likened depression to a corps of engineers who are dedicated to destroying your bridges to happiness. Depression can lead to the loss of work, friends, family, and ultimately lead to death if not treated.

The Power of Virtual Counselling

With the launch of TheAnxiety.Clinic’s new website, we are proud to introduce our Virtual Counselling Services. Virtual Counselling will be available in three ways: video counselling online, telephone counselling, and email counselling.
virtual consellingEach of these forms of counselling have been around for many years, and there is substantial research that shows they can be highly effective for certain specific needs.

The Perfect Christmas Gift

For many of us it has become customary during the month of December to celebrate our holiday season, and religious events such as Christmas and Hanukkah, by the giving of gifts. This is a wonderful opportunity to show others how much we appreciate and care for their presence in our lives, the love which they have offered, or the services which they provide. We buy gifts for our family and friends, often for coworkers, and other service providers such as the postman, cleaners, or building superintendents. The reality of this tradition is that it can be both costly and stressful. As a result for many, “the perfect Christmas gift” becomes less than perfect due to the challenges and stress that are a result of finding and paying for that gift.


With Christmas just around the corner the pressure is on to get organized for the holidays. For many that can be a whirlwind of family commitments, shopping for presents, decorating your home, and a slew of other demands. For many this season brings back memories of lost ones. In between he stress of a demanding season, and the everyday pressures of life which seem magnified in the face of a world that’s demanding you be “merry,” – Christmas for many is not always a joyous time of year.

Counselling and Therapy Toronto

No two people are alike – you are unique. I do not provide a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Todd is trained in a multiple of techniques and approaches to address and awaken solutions that WORK Conselling and Therapyfor YOU – Quickly and Effectively!

Anxiety Treatment in Toronto & Online

Coping with stress in its most severe circumstances can mean managing or learning to eliminate panic attacks, also know as anxiety attacks.  There are a series of both psychological and physiological events which lead up to that dreaded feeling we experience in a full fledged attack.  Although medications to manage such attacks are both available and work for some, others prefer to seek natural anxiety relief through various modalities.

Psychotherapy OHIP & Insurance

Your mental health is directly connected to you physically health.
Stress, depression, anxiety and other issues have a direct relation to illness.
Although this fact is scientifically proven, the Ontario Health Insurance Program  (OHIP) does not provide insurance for psychotherapists and most forms of psychological therapy.

Depression Hurts

Clinical depression is a disease – or a dis-ease, it strives to make you ‘uneasy.’  A powerful metaphor for depression is to consider the disease as a team of engineers, whose primary purpose is to tear down bridges, not build them.  The bridges that depression seeks to destroy are those bridges, or pathways in your brain that link the feelings of pleasure to your life experiences with people, place and events. In real life – depression hurts. Before it controls your life completely it is critical you find a way to deal with depression.

Pre-marriage Counselling

Couples frequently say to me, “If we needed pre marriage counseling or communication skills training, we wouldn’t be getting married!” I certainly understand the sentiment, and indeed if your relationship was not going well and your heart full of love then you should not be getting married!
Why should we consider these sessions?

Mindfulness Therapy Changes Your Brain

Mindfulness therapy is simply the therapeutic use of a type of meditation called mindfulness that is designed to calm your mind – and now using brain scan technology we see concrete proof it can actually change your mind!  In fact it can reduce depression, pain, stress, and even make people less self-centered.

Training for Therapists

Workshops for: Therapists, Counsellors and Coaches Emotional Intelligence as a Therapeutic Tool (Certifying Course, Level One for PRI Trainer Certification) Course Code: EI-1/2 This two-day program does double duty for therapists, counsellors and coaches! This...

Ceremonies | Weddings

Weddings | Baptisms | End of Life Celebrations | Life & Gender Transition Ceremonies Todd who lives in Toronto and Blue Mountains is experienced in officiating ceremonies of many types and will invest great care in ensuring your ceremony is a unique and memorable...


Dynamic training programs!
Communicate, value and understand the patient’s voice.
Build patient-centric care teams.
Improve patient satisfaction, treatment compliance, and diagnostic outcomes.
Increase HCAHPS scores.


Personal Counselling and Therapy
(Overcoming fears, depression, anxiety, public speaking, premarital counselling)
Business and Life Coaching: Executives, managers & staff.
Leadership development, change management and people development.


Customized designed workshops.
Uniquely delivered to meet your goals and objectives.
(Client Satisfaction, Employee Retention, Leadership Development)
Supportive integration with existing programs.
Cost effective with Train the Trainer modules.

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