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Mental Health

Maintaining proper mental health is one of the most important aspects of maintaining overall health. Your brain is the control centre for every function in your body and the most complex organ in your entire system. Lack of attention to this important part of your system will almost certainly lead to symptoms in other areas. In fact, chronic stress is a major factor in a host of diseases including cancer and heart disease.


The first step to better mental health is understanding what causes poor mental health and understanding that …. YOU ARE IN CONTROL!!!


While it is often stated that 1 in 5 people will experience issues with mental health at some point in their lives, we believe that number to be much higher when all of the components of poor mental health are considered.  When is the last time you felt:

  • Overwhelmed?

  • Stressed?

  • Depressed?

  • Hopeless?

  • Angry?

  • Frustrated?

  • Irritable?

  • Simply unhappy with the way you are living life?


While these feelings may seem like they are simply a part of daily life, they are not. In fact, our frantic pace of life has simply made it feel normal to be stressed and worried and fatigued and irritable.  The truth is that this is anything but normal. At 365Wellness we understand that having the right supports and feeling safe and secure are the most important aspects of achieving better mental health and living a happier and healthier life. That’s why we give each and every client of 365Wellness access to mental health resources through our mental health counsellor Russell Tuton BSW MSW . We believe in you and we want to be a part of your success story!


To learn more about making an appointment with Russell and choose 365Wellness as your partner in health click here.    


Desiree Simmons, (M.Ed., C.C.C.)

Pronouns: She/Her

Desiree has a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology and is registered as a Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Counselling and Psychotherapy Association of Canada since 2020. She has a background working in the field of child development and she has been working with the pediatric population through various work and volunteer roles since 2010.


“I call myself a philomath, someone who loves to learn and study, and I’ve always been very inquisitive, much like children! I don’t pretend to be an expert in anything when I meet with a young person…I always tell them that I have just as much to learn from them as they do from me and what we both don’t know, we will learn together. Depending on the client and their main concern, I explore different therapy approaches, but most often I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and Narrative Therapy, each of which has an evidence base for supporting the youth population. I also try to keep each session different until we know what helps the client learn and engage best. Because the adolescent brain is still developing and conversation isn’t the only way to interact with a youth, I use a variety of creative activities, visuals, worksheets, and sometimes exercise like yoga, to really engage with them. Of course, I only do this if they are receptive to the activity because the key thing for any young person is having a sense of autonomy.” – Desiree

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