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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...

How to Navigate Internalized Oppression

In what is an undoubtedly diverse society that is increasingly more tolerant of each other’s differences, discrimination and oppression are still too prevalent. Among others, we still have a measurable wage gap between men and women; immigrants still have undue...

Going With the Flow – Radical Acceptance

Life can be busy and stressful and sometimes we are faced with situations and problems we are unhappy about. What do we do with these unwanted circumstances? Can we change them? How can we cope with situations that we can’t...

What Did Freud Really Teach Us?

When people think about counselling, what often comes to mind is Freud. Usually, when people think about Freud, they think about his crazy ideas of sex. Surprisingly, Freud has a lot to teach us.
One of Freud’s most important contributions to...

Four Ways to Become More Self Compassionate

In my last blog post, I discussed self-compassion. Self-compassion is exactly what it sounds like – being compassionate to yourself. Just like riding a bike, it is a skill and takes practice and time to get good at it. However...

Understanding Transgenderism

Sex vs. Gender Identity. Before delving into a discussion about what it means to be transgender, its important to clarify some terms. The term “sex”refers to our biological characteristics as either male or female (i.e. either having an XX or...

How Do I Know if I’m Addicted?

The term “addiction” is used frequently in reference to many behaviours from substance abuse to food, to sex, or chocolate. It is often referred to in jest, and yet it is a very serious topic for those caught in the...

Tips for Being Assertive

Being assertive is hard for a lot of people. We worry about conflict, about being viewed as aggressive, or we just don’t want to put in the effort. But regardless of how we feel, learning to assert yourself is important...