A work colleague and I have started a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy group for Anxiety at the University of Toronto. Our first week was the most fun I’ve had at work in a long time! Making the handouts and the guided meditation recordings has been a challenge in the best way. The university provided space and printing services, and I was also fortunate enough to be able to borrow some cushions from a friend so we’ll be able to sit comfortably on the floor for the next 7 weeks. I think this will enhance the group experience. We can do a lot by helping each other out, and collaborating with otheres like this makes the work so much more enjoyable.
I’m excited to start working one half-day per week at Hong Fook Mental Health Association, starting in April, seeing Vietnamese-speaking patients. This means I’ll be cutting my private office time back from 1 1/2 days per week to one day (Wednesdays). While my capacity to take new referrals from the community will be decreasing, I hope that I’ll be able to provide a much-needed service for people who would otherwise have great difficulty accessing care while improving my language skills and connecting with my roots.