Even though the Holiday Season may be enjoyed for some, a lot of the time for others it is the other way around. For some people, they might not have any holidays at all and have to work while others get a break from work. Some folks might experience anxiety from seeing family or during current times seeing family during a pandemic. When the holidays are over mixed emotions will have to be dealt with, and Elpizo has created tools to help you deal with the holiday aftermath.
Some tools that we go over are things like how to deal with changes in a healthy way when the holidays come to close. One of these ways is by using coping strategies to help sudden shifts, whether good or bad.
Another tool that we go over is how to plan for those post-holiday blues. One tip that we give in planning is to “Reach Out” which has you reaching out to talk to a mental health professional. You can do this now by calling Elpizo Counselling Services at 1-877-335-7496.
To read the tip list on how to deal with the aftermath of the holidays, click the cover below.
Elpizo Counselling Services observed November as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Domestic Violence occurs when one person in a relationship tries to intimidate and control their partner through fear, guilt, shame or power.
On November 10 2020, Elpizo Counselling hosted a virtual panel discussion for Domestic Violence Awareness. The event was free to join and was hosted on Facebook/Instagram Live from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm EST.
Watch the panel discussion here:
Elpizo’s client-centred practice provides a non-judgmental and safe space for people to process crises, trauma, challenges and to rebound from adverse experiences. Furthermore, Elpizo is making every effort to raiseawareness about abuse against women and also hosted a discussion on November 25 to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
It might seem overwhelming to prepare a safety plan when you wish to leave an abusive relationship. Here are some tips for those who are thinking about starting their path to a safer place:
If it is safe to do so, always have a phone accessible and know what numbers to call for help, including friends or family and your local shelter. Know where the nearest public phone is located.
Plan and practice with your children and identify a safe place where they can go during moments of crisis, like a room with a lock or a friend’s house.
Back your car into your driveway when you park at home and ensure your gas is at a full tank. If possible, keep the driver’s door unlocked with the rest of the doors locked to allow for quick access to the vehicle.
Let trusted friends and neighbors know about your situation and develop a plan and visual signal for when you might need their help. Give them clear instructions on who you do or do not want them to contact in moments of crisis, including law enforcement.
When preparing to go to a shelter, if you can, call ahead to see what the shelter’s policies are. They can give you information on how they can help, and how to secure a space when it’s time to leave.
Have a backup plan if your partner finds out about your plan.
What to bring:
Driver’s license or Ontario Photo Card
Social insurance card
Birth certificate and children’s birth certificates
Money and/or credit cards (in your name)
Checking and/or savings account books
Protective order, if applicable
Copies of any lease or rental agreements or the deed to your home
Car registration and insurance papers
Health and life insurance papers
Medical records for you and your children
Work permits/passport/visas/immigration papers
Any legal documents, including divorce and custody papers
Medications and refills (if possible)
Emergency items, like food, bottles of water, and a first aid kit
Multiple changes of clothes for you and your children
Extra sets of house and car keys
Pictures and sentimental items
Valuable items, such as jewelry
Safe cell phone, if necessary
Numbers of your attorney, local domestic violence program or shelter, local doctor’s office and hospital, criminal legal resources, children’s school
You might want to consider keeping copies of these items at a friend’s place so it won’t raise suspicion if found by your abuser and in case your abuser decides to destroy these items as they may anticipate your plan to escape.
No matter the severity of your situation, just know that you are not overreacting or being drastic. Signs of abuse can begin to show up in small ways, so it’s important to be mindful, watchful and prepared at all costs. You are not alone. There is a world of support to help and encourage you through your circumstance.
We are dedicated to excellence, and to helping people achieve their highest outcome. We use extensive, state of the art tools including psychometric assessments, and therapeutic models such as Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT)