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Why are we so stuck in sadness and anxiety?

What is it about our society that does not give us peace?

Psychotherapy allows the individual to look at what is affecting their life now.

Through opening up to an impartial other we can gain clarity. We learn how to let go of what was not our fault, and stop blaming ourselves and others. We learn how, in this present moment, with all the perfection that we have, to take responsibility for our actions. We can gain control where we once felt so vulnerable.

About Cindy Owen

Cindy is a Registered Psychotherapist with a degree in Psychology from McMaster University.

She is also a certified mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) Facilitator.

Her journey into Eastern Psychology began during her time in Japan.  Upon reading books like “Siddhartha’ by Herman Hess and ‘The Power of Now’ by Ekhart Tolle, her exploration intensified. The transformation was life changing.  By combining Eastern wisdom with Western psychology, Cindy now helps people look within themselves for answers, and this way of being results in a more grounded life.

Credentials

Co-developed and facilitated pilot workshop using MBCT, with integration of mental Health and addictions issues
Homewood Health Centre

Member of the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario (CRPO)

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression/Stress Reduction
Facilitator Certificate
The Centre for Mindfulness Studies – Toronto – Zindel Segal

Contemplative Buddhist Studies
Asian Classic Institute

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Level 1 
McMaster University – Health Sciences

Co-facilitator – Women’s Self-esteem Workshop
Southlake Regional Health Centre – 11 week psycho-educational program for women experiencing serious mental health issues that have negatively impacted their self-esteem

Buddhism in Clinical Practice
Michael Stone – Leading Edge Seminars Inc.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Stress Reduction Using Mindfulness Meditation
Faculty of Social Work; University of Toronto

Life/Professional Coach
Obtained Adler Trained Coach (ATC) Accreditation
Adler School for Professional Coaching

Purpose of Balanced Wisdom

Everyone deserves to be free of depression and anxiety.  Wellness starts in our minds, and once we find balance within ourselves we can increase our own happiness and have a positive affect on those around us.

This approach brings together both Easter and Western methodologies as a means to empower people to heal from within, so that they may stay anchored amid life’s challenges and changes.

Cindy’s methods come form her own experiences with anxiety, depression, and the tangle of the mind, and her studies have helped her understand that what we choose to feed our brains is just that, a choice.  The journey has been both fascinating and liberating.

We all experience pain and we all have a past and our stories.  It is when we get attached to our past and stories that we truly suffer.  We can’t change our past but we can look at our interpretation of it and change our relationship to it.

 

 THE CURIOUS PARADOX IS THAT WHEN I ACCEPT MYSELF JUST AS I AM, THEN I CHANGE.
Carl Rogers

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