Breaking the Sound Barrier: A workshop on speaking up, singing out and being heard.

Presented By: Pauline Coogan, M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology) and Mia Sheard, voice coach and professional singer.

When: Saturday, November 24, 2012. 2PM – 5PM.


The Gestalt Institute of Toronto

194 Carlton Street (between Parliament and Sherbourne)

Cost: $50

Cheque, money order, cash, and Visa/MasterCard accepted.


Do you struggle with being heard? Are you often misunderstood? In this powerful workshop we will explore different ways in which we sabotage our ability to be heard. Get feedback on how you sound to others. Gain new awareness of how you use your voice to manipulate without knowing it.

This workshop is about discovering your voice. It’s about bringing awareness to how your voice is an extension of who you are. With creativity and humour, we will explore how your voice plays an important role in shaping your life and relationships. Uncover beliefs that limit you from full expression. You won’t believe your ears.

Who should attend:

Anyone interested in learning about themselves in a supportive and experiential environment.

About the Presenters:

Pauline Coogan, M.Ed. (counselling psychology), has been working as a psychotherapist since 2005. Prior to embarking on a career in psychotherapy, she worked many years in business and as a consultant, trainer and writer. Pauline has recently completed her fourth year of training in Gestalt Therapy at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto. A lover of music, Pauline has been known to spontaneously break out into song.

Mia Sheard is a voice coach and has been singing professionally for almost 20 years. She has completed her fourth year of the Post Graduate Program at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto and is currently practising as a supervised Gestalt therapist. Since discovering the power of Gestalt, Mia has made it an integral part of her work with voice.

About Gestalt Therapy:

In its purest application, Gestalt therapy addresses only what is happening in the moment. It is a present-centered and experiential approach to personal change. Through living in the present, we are able to take responsibility for our responses and actions. To be fully present in the here and now offers us more excitement, energy and courage to live life directly.


NO Experience Needed.


For registration and/or more information please contact:

416-964-9464 or visit

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A Drawing Workshop: Self-Discovery through Mindful Drawing

Andrew Shaul Psychology presents a workshop for healthcare providers and other caring professionals. Recommended particularly for non-artists and those who think they “can’t draw.”

Presented By: Andrew Shaul, Ph.D., C. Psych.

When: Thursday, October 18, 2012. 10AM – 5PM.


371 Bloor Street West (Bloor and Spadina)

Faculty of Education Building

University of Toronto

Room 33


$120 Regular Price.

Space is limited.

Cheque, money order, cash, and Visa/MasterCard accepted.

Lunch will be provided.

This workshop is designed to provide you with a hands-on experience of confronting your self-imposed limitations, and of recognizing that regardless of your previous experience and/or perception of talent, you are capable of far more than you think! The goal is to demonstrate, utilizing the medium of drawing, that erroneous assumptions about self-limitations have likely inhibited your growth in a variety of areas.

Even though you will be taught a number of standard drawing techniques, this workshop is not primarily intended to develop you as an artist. Rather, it is designed to encourage your own self-discovery, and to help you encounter the extent to which you tend to “sell yourself short,” particularly when it comes to novel tasks. Implications for your development as healthcare professionals and the practice of caring in general will be identified and discussed throughout the workshop.

Who should attend:

Anyone interested in novel self-growth experiences, and in potentially discovering previously unknown abilities. Non-artists are especially welcome, as are those with any level of artistic experience. Recommended for therapists, teachers, healthcare professionals, and students in healthcare professions.

About the Presenter:

Andrew Shaul obtained his Ph.D. in clinical and counseling psychology from York University in 1993, and has been a Registered Psychologist since 1994. He has taught undergraduate courses at York University for the last 20 years and he has been working in private practice since 1994. About 10 years ago he was challenged by a close friend and artist to attempt life drawing. Despite his initial reluctance and absolute certainty that he could not draw, he took one lesson and was profoundly surprised by what he experienced. Since that time, he has made hundreds of drawings, and has sold many, including commissioned portraits. He now wants to share what he has learned from the experience, not only as an artist, but mostly as a psychotherapist.

NO Equipment Needed.
NO Experience Needed.


For registration and/or more information please contact:


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Andrew Shaul Psychology Presents:
A Mindfulness Primer Workshop

This workshop is designed to benefit clinicians who have varied degrees of exposure to the theory and practice of mindfulness.  Clinicians with little or no exposure to the theory and practice of mindfulness will be introduced to the core concepts of mindfulness and their clinical applications.  Clinicians with varied degrees of experience with mindfulness practice will deepen their conceptual and experiential understanding.

Through a combination of lecture, discussion, and experiential exercises, this workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the practice of mindfulness in three domains:

  • Mindfulness practice as a personal self-care practice for the clinician;
  • Mindfulness practice as a way of enhancing the skills of therapeutic connection with the client;
  • Mindfulness practice as a set of techniques to integrate into other modalities of therapy.

When: Friday, November 25, 2011

Time: 9:30 AM - 4 PM

Location: 918 Bathurst Street (Bathurst and Bloor)


  • Including lunch:  $65
  • Not including lunch:  $55
  • Student cost including lunch:  $55
  • Student cost not including lunch:  $45

Led by: Psychiatrist, Dr. M. Lee Freedman, MD, CM, FRCP(C)

Who Should Attend?

Anyone interested in learning about and utilizing mindfulness practices in their clinical approach. In addition, Dr. Freedman has a particular interest in helping clinical practitioners with issues around self-care and avoiding "burnout."


For registration and/or more information please contact:


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Andrew Shaul Psychology Partners to Create Dating School in Toronto, Ontario

Happy Dates © to Conduct Workshops on *Key* Challenges Affecting Daters


Toronto, Ont., September 27, 2011 – Psychologist, Dr. Andrew Shaul (, and matchmaker and dating coach Stacie Ikka, founder and president of Sitting In A Tree (, have partnered to create Happy Dates ©, a dating school that aims to help single men and women be more successful in their dating, regardless of their age or current level of dating expertise.

The skilled “EduDaters” at Happy Dates have developed workshops that will help single daters overcome common challenges and barriers which may be preventing them from developing lasting relationships. Happy Dates provides their clients with individualized assessments of their dating obstacles, along with the tools and strategies necessary to augment their approach to dating. Using Dr. Shaul’s 23 years of psychological counselling experience, and matchmaker Stacie Ikka’s practical, real-world experience dealing with daters on a daily basis, as well as her 15 years of corporate leadership experience, the workshops get to the heart (pun intended) of what is plaguing the daters of today.

Dr. Shaul explains, “Having people to date is only a beginning. While this can be accelerated or facilitated through a dating service, online dating sites, friends, family, and so on…then what? Both Stacie and I believe that in order to be successful at dating – to “give good date”, the individuals involved must be prepared: emotionally, socially, and psychologically. Through Happy Dates’ workshops, single, divorced, widowed or otherwise romantically unattached men and women have the opportunity to learn about, and explore, the many challenging aspects of dating so that they can better recognize in themselves areas where improvement or change are required.”

Happy Dates is pleased to mark the launch of the dating school by holding an introductory workshop entitled “Dates and Confused”. This initial workshop will be offered free of charge and will take place on October 25, 2011 at 7PM at The Thirsty Fox Pub, located at 1028 Eglinton Avenue West. Happy Dates will reveal its diagnostic test that assesses “Dating Intelligence” by pinpointing areas that a dater needs to improve in order to date more successfully. Feedback from the test will include one confidential, half-hour session (on an individual basis) after the course date with both Andrew and Stacie to review the test results and to understand how to use the results to move forward in a practical manner.

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If you would like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview, please contact Stacie Ikka at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 647-352-2599.



Happy Dates Featured in the Toronto Star

Living Columnist Leanne Delap Writes About Andrew and Stacie's Dating School

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