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Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or what is now called major depressive disorder with seasonal pattern (MADS), is a type of depressive episode that individuals describe experiencing during certain times of the year (majority of the cases occur during the fall or winter).

Individuals who report difficulties with SAD/MADS often describe feeling excessively tired, depressed, and irritable. Some other symptoms that individuals experience include difficulties concentrating, trouble sleeping, and muscle aches/pains. 

According to Fiona Marschall and Peter Cheevers’ text, Positive Options for Seasonal Affective Disorder, light therapy combined with counselling is considered to be the most effective method for treating SAD/MADS symptoms. Marchall and Cheever’s suggest that SAD/MADS symptoms are thought to be caused by a biochemical imbalance in the brain (lack of serotonin).  Research suggests that emotional stress during the winter months may trigger the depression associated with SAD/MAD.

If you’d like to find out more information about how our Vaughan or Maple counselling centre can help, please feel free to give us a call at 416-999-343 or fill out the appointment request form.

Telephone Online CounsellingWe recognize that there are barriers (accessibility and scheduling) that may prevent some of our clients from accessing our face-to-face counselling service. To address this need our staff have collectively decided to offer counselling services via telephone or skype (online).

Our treatment model over the telephone or skype is no different than our face-to-face model. We work together to create goals and develop a plan to help you meet them. Session by session we will monitor your progress to ensure that you are moving forward.

If you have any questions, and would like to schedule a time to speak with us, please feel free to call us at 416-999-3437.

We look forward to being a part of your success.

**Please Note**
Counselling Services for York Region is NOT an emergency crisis line. If you are experiencing an emergency (feeling suicida), please go to your nearest emergency facility or call 911.

Study Skills and Memorization

maple vaughan counselling centre youthMany of us have grown up with the expectation to perform well in school. However, many of us haven’t been taught how to actually prepare ourselves to succeed academically.  We’ve created a program to help you prepare for meeting your academic responsibilities.

Counselling specific to learning and memorization will teach you research based methods of improving your study skills and memorization techniques. We will work together to identify your areas of need and develop a strategy to help you meet your academic goals.  

Our Vaughan and Maple counselling centres are here to help! For more information, please feel free to call us at 416-999-3437. 

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