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Creating Emotional Safety In Relationships

When couples come for Marriage counselling, the most common concern they share with me is their struggle around communication. Most couples say that if their communication was better, they could work through problems that arise in their relationship on their...

Who Am I? Developing A Strong Sense of Self

There is a common axiom that if you do not know where you are going, you can end up somewhere else. In the fields of psychotherapy and counselling there is a common goal to help others in their human journey. ...

Coping with Stress from Job Loss

The word “stress” is a term first studied by Hans Selye back in 1936.  However, he was challenged to come up with a cohesive definition for stress because everyone seemed to respond or be affected differently by situations which could...

Emotions as Signals: What are They Signaling to You?

Most people will say that there are positive and negative emotions. Some emotions make us feel happy and more positive, and some emotions bring on distressing feelings. However, all emotions are normal parts of the human experience. When we put...

The Focused Mind

 The brain is constantly at work. Even when we’re doing nothing, it doesn’t just stop. When presented with something of interest within our external environment, like a magician performing a magic trick or breath-taking scenery, the brain is instantly engaged...

Relational Anxiety

Have you ever considered how culture and upbringing affect how we act and react in our daily interactions with people?  That is exactly what Karen Horney, a famous Freudian psychoanalyst, did.  Her work provides an example of how human beings...

Inside Out

“Do you ever wonder what’s going on inside someone’s head?” Inside Out, Disney’s latest hit animation, brings us into the mind of a child. This movie is quite entertaining and loved by all ages. I believe that the value of...

Coping with Life Transitions

Sarah had always anticipated that she would move to another country to pursue her undergraduate studies. Yet when she actually made the move, she found it very difficult to adjust to her new life…
 
Jon had been working for the same...

Understanding Forgiveness

Often in life there are obstacles that prevent us from living to our full potential.  We may not always be conscious of it, but in many cases it is connected to forgiveness.  Forgiveness is a frequent challenge in life and...

Building Blocks & Family Therapy

When was the last time you played with Lego blocks?  Recently, I have rediscovered this nostalgic childhood activity.  There is a certain relaxation that comes with just sitting and building.  Although there are no real rules or expectations (despite what...