Erica Berman
GET UPDATES FROM Erica Berman
 
Erica is a mom of two girls, 3 and 6 and lives in Toronto with her children and husband. Erica has a Masters in Counselling Psychology and a PhD in Exercise Sciences. She has worked as a fitness instructor and personal trainer for 20 years, and is a counsellor and therapist who assists clients with infertility, weight-loss, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and relationship issues. Erica welcomes new clients. Her professional website is www.healthcounsellingtoronto.com and her personal blog is http://talesofa30somethingnothing2010.blogspot.ca/

Entries by Erica Berman

The Kind of Fertility We're Not Talking About

(4) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 1:26 PM

If you are currently struggling with primary infertility (i.e. you have no children), then you might have difficulty believing this, but dealing with secondary infertility (i.e. you already have at least one child) can be just as difficult. If you have never dealt with infertility, well then, no offence, but...

Read Post

Exercise Is Like Music -- There's Something For Everyone

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 12:48 PM

As a therapist and certified personal trainer, I often have clients tell me that they don't like exercise. This makes no sense to me. It's like saying you don't like music. There is such a wide range of music, it's impossible not to find something that suits your tastes. These...

Read Post

If You're Going Through Infertility, You're Not Alone

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 8:58 AM

Despite the fact that one in six couples in North America has difficulty conceiving, infertility is still something with a lot of stigma attached to it. Few people openly discuss their fertility struggles, and many people experience shame. Those who have not been though it themselves generally know very little,...

Read Post

Why Women Still Suffer From the Ally McBeal Effect

(3) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 5:45 PM

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard something about the current debate about whether women today can, "have it all." I have not yet read Lean In, or any of the other books stirring up the debate, but my general feeling is that women have...

Read Post

Ovarian Cancer Doesn't Have To Be a Death Sentence

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 4:36 PM

Ovarian Cancer Canada is hosting Love Her, a series of fashion events in the next few weeks in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver to raise money for, and awareness of ovarian cancer.

Ovarian Cancer Canada is the only registered Canadian charity dedicated entirely to ovarian cancer. The organization provides...

Read Post

When Infertility Affects Your Marriage

(3) Comments | Posted November 10, 2013 | 9:59 PM

Hey man, are you and your partner having difficulty conceiving? Do you feel like she isn't the same woman you married? Does she seem obsessed? Emotionally fragile? Always sad? Angry? Don't worry, it's all normal!

As an infertility counsellor, one of the things I find myself doing most often with...

Read Post

Why Parents Shouldn't Sweat the Small Stuff

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 9:17 AM

Parenting has always been a tough job. Possibly the toughest. But I believe it quite possibly could be even harder for parents today. Most families have to have two working parents, who, on top of having full-time careers and domestic responsibilities, are subjected to constant scrutiny, judgement, and criticism about...

Read Post

The Lives We Present Online Aren't Always What They Seem

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 12:25 PM

Do you ever get down because you feel like your life doesn't compare to everyone else's? It's human nature to make social comparisons, and this isn't necessarily a bad thing. We use others' performances and accomplishments as a barometer of our own. But with the explosion of social media, social...

Read Post

Why Taking an Antidepressant Is Right for Me

(37) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 5:14 PM

Hello, my name is Erica Berman and I take an antidepressant.

Shocked? Do you think I'm crazy to admit it? Or just plain crazy? Well think what you want.

I have been taking a low dose of a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) for almost four years, not for depression, but...

Read Post

Why Do We Spend More on Lattes Than Our Mental Health?

(19) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 11:43 AM

I've always found it puzzling what people chose to spend their money on at the expense of other things. Now that I work in the mental health field, it mystifies me even more. Weekly manicures, $4 lattes, cab rides, cocktails, botox, restaurant meals: No problem. Counselling? No way.

I think...

Read Post

Want to Have Kids One Day? Get to Know Your Fertility Health

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 4:22 PM

You're 28; You're single; You're having fun. Should you have your fertility checked? If you hope to one day have children, the answer is: yes.

The medical community has become increasingly concerned about the number of women facing age-related infertility. One of the big questions being asked is how we...

Read Post

Pregnant Couples: Is it Wrong to Wish for a Girl Over a Boy?

(8) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 11:52 AM

As a child, I did not spend time fantasizing about my wedding day, nor the names I was going to give my future children. I knew I did want to get married and have a family one day, but it wasn't until I was an adult that this vision became...

Read Post

The Gym Helping Kids With Disabilities

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2012 | 11:00 PM

I frequently read about the benefits for children of participating in sports: better grades, healthier, fitter, and more confident. Given my own experience with organized sports, however, I always have to wonder about the assumed cause-and-effect relationship here. I'm not doubting that sports can make you fitter, healthier and more...

Read Post

After Miscarrying I Never Got the Pregnant Glow Back

(4) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 11:35 AM

There is a fantasy surrounding pregnancy portraying it as a blissful state when women glow with health and the miracle of life. It is a time when most women feel pride in their bodies, more forgiving of their imperfections, and awestruck by their body's capabilities. Yet, when a woman has...

Read Post

Not a Biological Parent? How to Tell Your Child

(30) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 12:00 AM

As an infertility counsellor, I see a lot of clients who are using third-party family building strategies. This includes using sperm or egg donation and/or a gestational carrier.

For some, the decision to use donor egg or sperm is a no-brainer: they want children, they cannot use their own gametes,...

Read Post

How Sexual Abuse Affects Fertility

(2) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 12:09 PM

Does it shock you to hear that at least 20 per cent of girls and 10 per cent of boys experience some form of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) by the age of 18, and family members constitute one third to one half of the perpetrators against...

Read Post

Involuntary Childlessness

(2) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 3:44 PM

Recently, I had a woman struggling with infertility come into my office for counseling. After years of unsuccessful fertility treatments, three miscarriages, and a husband unwilling to consider other family-building options, she is considering giving up her dream of having another child. She wanted to know if she would ever...

Read Post

12 Things You Should Never Ask a Woman

(221) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 2:13 PM

Any woman struggling with infertility or who has experienced a miscarriage has probably had to deal with her fair share of stupid comments and reactions from others. Some people just seem to completely lack any tact when it comes to the issue of fertility and think it is their business...

Read Post

Should Your Donor Offspring Know Its Biological Parents?

(27) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 8:24 AM

Despite significant advances in assisted reproductive technologies (ART), if a woman has poor egg quality, either due to age, genetics or other factors, she is unlikely to conceive using her own eggs. So as barriers to adoption increase, egg donation is becoming a more popular option for couples who are...

Read Post

No Matter When it Happens, Loss of a Pregnancy Can Be Devastating

(65) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 5:52 PM

It is an event in my life that I will never forget. I woke up one morning and after four weeks of nausea, fatigue and strange cravings, I felt "normal," which seemed wrong. Everyone reassured me there was no reason to worry. I'd seen a strong heartbeat at a six-week...

Read Post