connection with friendsAlbert Einstein once said “Strange is our situation here on earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, now knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of others.”

What is Connection

Some argue that it was the development of our brains that helped humans survive over the course of our existence on earth, while others, argue that it was our ability to socialize and be social that assisted us in getting to where we are today.

Our social nature is one that is innate to us which might have been the reason this pandemic and isolation has been increasingly hard. It goes very much against our natural desire and human need to be connected with others.

In fact, losing the ability to connect and have connection can cause a significant amount of suffering – and I mean emotional and physical suffering. We often describe our emotional experience with somatic experiences such as by using the word “hurt” or describing rejection by having “hurt feelings”.

This is because, social pain and physical pain are understood by the same part of our brains. Social connection is in fact, a protective factor against many physical ailments like high blood pressure, obesity, and even death.

Daily Connection

I encourage each of you to spend time thinking of ways you can connect and maintain connection with others and the self. One of the ways to do that is to schedule a call with a friend or loved one.

Take time to connect with the self by listening to the pain in our body related to social isolation and rival it through an act of connection. Give back to others through connection by lending a helping hand or spend time playing games virtually.

Be well.

Written by Samantha Memedoska

About OCP

Ontario Counselling and Psychotherapy is a group of psychotherapists and social workers in Ottawa, Cornwall, Toronto (and soon other cities in Ontario) who offer expertise in a variety of mental health areas and believe in an integrated approach to counselling. We work with you and pride ourselves in creating a strong relationship with our clients by ensuring that we are a good fit to help you attain your therapy goals. We offer individual, couple, family and child psychotherapy to clients all over Ontario.

We invite you to explore our site and contact the therapist of your choice. You will find our contact information under “Our therapists” tab. If you are unsure, call the centre at (613) 699-0060 or email at ocp.therapyinfo@gmail.com, and we will answer any questions you may have, direct you to a therapist, and, if you wish, set you up with one of our therapists.

We have grown! We started out as a small group of therapists in Ottawa, and we have expanded to the rest of Ontario. We offer virtual services for anyone in Ontario, and we have in-person offices in the Ottawa Region, Cornwall and the GTA. We also provide sessions at a reduced fee through our student intern program. Contact us to help you navigate our site or to set you up with one of our therapists!

Fees & insurance coverage

Our fees vary per therapist, you will find what each therapist charges under “Our therapists” tab. Fees vary between $125/hr and $200/hr depending on the therapist. Our services are not covered by OHIP and our therapists don’t offer a sliding scale. We do however, have Master level student interns who charge $80/hr and offer a sliding scale if needed.

If you have medical coverage through your employer or individual plan, please contact your insurance company before your appointment as many insurance plans do cover a portion of the services we provide.