Saturday, 17 November 2012

Meetings On Hold

Unfortunately for the time being we are putting our meetings on hold.

We are looking for new people to help lead our meetings. If you are a current member or someone new you are welcome to help lead the group. Even if you want to lead a meeting once; you do not need to make a long term commitment. You do not need to be an expert on all things IC, or even have a guest speaker. If you want to get people together to talk, vent and support one another that is always welcome!

We are open to new times and meeting places.

We will be resuming meetings some time in the New Year, maybe in a new time and place.

The email will still be monitored and we have a private Facebook group that anyone is welcome to join. To receive an invitation send an email to

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Meeting this Sunday Oct 21st

This meeting will be taking place in the cafeteria right next to room 4007. We are unable to gain access to the room due to a lack of leaders.

If you are interested in helping to lead the IC vancouver group, even if you commit to leading the group once a year, please let us know via our email

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Meeting September 16th

Our next meeting is a casual potluck where everyone is welcome. Please bring a non spicy, low acid dish to share. If you are unable to bring something, don't let that stop you from coming.

We are looking for more volunteers to help run the group. Specifically we need someone who can pick up the keys for the group the week before the meeting.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Planning Meeting

We have somewhat regular meetings to plan for the group, and our next planning meeting will be August 15th at 6pm at the Waves on Commercial and 3rd. Everyone is welcome to join us!

Feel free to email us at

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Next Meeting June 17th

Our next meeting is a casual potluck where everyone is welcome. Please bring a non spicy, low acid dish to share. If you are unable to bring something, don't let that stop you from coming.

The group will be taking a break for July and August, to be meeting again in September.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Next Meeting May 27th

Due to the May long weekend our next meeting is going to be on May 27th 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

Physiotherapist Laura Werner is going to give a presentation on the physiology of pain.

Laura Werner is a registered physiotherapist with specific training in the management and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction and perinatal health. Laura earned her Master of Physiotherapy Degree from UBC in 2008 and her Bachelor’s of Kinesiology Degree in Athletic Therapy from the University of Calgary in 2002. Her passion to work in the field of women’s health developed while working at BC Women’s Hospital. After taking postgraduate courses in pelvic floor rehabilitation, Laura sought the training of Marcy Dayan, who has taught and worked extensively in this field. Laura mentored intensively with Marcy and was asked to join her practice. Laura lives in Vancouver with her husband and their two sons.
She also enjoys practicing and teaching yoga.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

April 15th 2012 Potluck Gathering

Come on out and meet your fellow members at this informal potluck gathering. The group has been featuring some amazing guest speakers for the last half a year and we would like everyone to have the chance to get to know each other in a casual atmosphere. Please feel free to bring something to share, but please don't let that be a barrier to coming.

St. Paul's Hospital Room 4007 in the providence Building.
1081 Burrard Street.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Next Meeting March 18th

We are very excited to have psychologist Patrick Myers come and speak with our group. Dealing with chronic illness affects our whole selves, not just the physical body. This will be an open and safe place to come and hear about how chronic illness affects you emotionally and mentally.

When: March 18th from 4:00-6:00pm
Where: St. Pauls Hospital in room 4007 in the providence building, next to the cafeteria. 1081 Burrard st. Vancouver

There is a brief description of his work and history below. You can also see his website here:

If stress (work, relationship, life) is making life difficult for you, then I hope to help you re-energize and rediscover your sense of balance and joy. People who come to see me may have difficulties with:
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Self-esteem
  • Relationship issues  
  • Chronic Pain
  • Insomnia
  • Addictions

I like use a collaborative approach in order to meet your therapeutic needs. I draw on a variety of therapeutic approaches, trainings and life experiences. Some of the approaches that I use include:
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Gottman Relationship Therapy
  • Sensori-motor Processing or EMDR for trauma
  • Mindfulness

I am registered with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia #1850. I have completed a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology major) from the University of British Columbia, a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Acadia University, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta. 

Friday, 10 February 2012

Next Meeting February 19th

We are very excited to have a naturopath, Dr. Juliet Ghodsian from the Sage Clinic come and speak with our group on February 19th

Here is a brief biography for Dr. Ghodsian:

From a very young age, Dr. Ghodsian has had a passion for helping others. She spent a year after high school as a volunteer teacher for indigenous children in the mountains of Ecuador. She then pursued an undergraduate degree in Social Work, accepting an internship in case management for children and adolescents with cerebral palsy, autism, and other developmental disabilities. She then completed the four-year naturopathic medical degree programme at Bastyr University, and two years of clinical training at the Bastyr Centre for Natural Health. During her medical training she pursued certification in Craniosacral Therapy Levels I, II and III. She continued on to receive advanced training (approximately 100 hours) as a preceptor with three different doctors who specialize in Craniosacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation. She has trained with both the Integrative Body Work Institute and the Upledger Institute. She continues to expand her skill set in this area through continuing education studies.

In her practice, Dr. Ghodsian blends her expertise in counselling therapy, Kundalini yoga breath-work, and bodywork techniques with naturopathic modalities such as: homeopathic remedies, bio-therapeutic drainage, botanical medicines, nutritional supplements, and diet/lifestyle counseling; creating a simple, personalized treatment plan for each patient. She strives to uncover and treat the true cause of disease, whether physical, emotional, mental or spiritual.