"When we hold ourselves back, we deprive the world of the gift that is you.
Today I had the opportunity to speak with Therapist Angel Powers about the increasing need for seeking therapy during this Pandemic. We discussed the shifts happening in mental health with various populations in the City. According to Angel, our front line workers are starting to understand more than ever that therapy is a very important part of their personal health care regime. The fear of many is that when the Pandemic is finally under control we’ll see many more front line workers breaking down once their “fight or flight” mode ceases to be necessary. Angel firmly believes that everyone needs to be proactive and wise enough to start self-nuturing… front line workers most of all.
The next concern is for the youth of today. During the summer Angel was able to hold youth circles outside with great success. She now has set two platforms for youth circles via Zoom; children ages 9-12 and 13-16 years old. She finds that there is a distinct increase of anxiety in our youth today. Most noticed is that there is much more impulsive behavior and a lack of connection with their community. This often ends up in our youth feeling harassed by adults over choices being made. Angel understands the need for physical outlets so well that she’ll meet her clients at the batting cages, on the track or even hiking. For this age group – that’s a definite plus!
Mainstream Therapy offers Couples Therapy as well, but notice that women in general recognize the need for therapy sooner. They seem to understand when they are in an identity crisis and emotionally bankrupt. Angel and her staff work diligently in de-stigmatizing the therapy process. The therapists use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focus Therapy as well as Energy Work, including Reiki, Intuitive Training Therapy and Timeline Therapy.
Angel’s own life story has compelled her to become a therapist, having been born into addiction and domestic violence. By 8 years of age, Mom, Angel and her brother were in hiding in a women’s shelter, landing later in Vancouver where their names were changed. During a freaky moment they were discovered in Vancouver causing them to flee with new names once again, to the East Coast this time. Returning to Vancouver later, the family underwent intense therapy. To make matters even more difficult Angel suffered a very nasty dog attack causing years of PTSD. She attests to the value of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helping her to overcome her fears.
By 2012 Angel had started her career as a therapist, finally opening Mainstream Therapy in 2019. She aspires to be Canada’s #1 Hub for Mental Health, Personal Development and Spiritual Growth. During the Pandemic their business has moved online through Zoom, Facetime or over the phone. As one client said, “The very fact that kept me from therapy was face to face. The fact that it’s over the phone – that’s what I like the best.”
5 STEPS TO SELF – HEALTH
- Talk about your concerns with a professional if possible. They are unbiased and can be openly honest.
- Monitor your “Check-outs”. How often are you using alcohol, drugs, social media, t.v. or shopping to escape your reality?
- Take care of your body – it’s the only one you have. Sleep, nutrition an exercise are vital.
- You are the average of the 5 people who surround you – connect with people who nurture you.
- Love yourself first – you’re better for everyone else when you do.
In closing, Angel tells me that at Mainstream Therapy it’s always about the client and navigating change. It’s people helping people as we’re in this journey of human life together. Make a choice and call Angel at (705) 717-2107.