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Anxiety and the Need for Reassurance

Uncertainty is an unavoidable fact of life, and people vary in the degree to which they can tolerate uncertainty. Research indicates that individuals who have high levels of intolerance to ambiguity are more susceptible to stress and other mental health...

What is EMDR?

Over the past few years EMDR, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, has become somewhat of a buzz word in the world of psychotherapy. But what is EMDR and what is it used for? Here is a description...

5 Tips to Help Put Procrastination in its Place

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There are many responsibilities we avoid at times, including work, school, or any task that takes us away from what we would rather be doing. Despite this, we typically avoid talking about procrastination and dismiss ourselves...

The Dance of Connection in Relationships

In couples counselling I often see couples putting pressure on themselves or each other to get things right in their relationship. The pressure for perfection becomes a comparison and the focus becomes you versus me. An important shift in relationships...

What’s Your Body Trying to Tell You?

Do you ever get that pit of dread in your stomach, notice your voice gradually soften or your arms suddenly cross?
 
I wonder what might happen if we paused in these moments and gave ourselves permission to explore what our body...

Understanding OCD

As we have been collectively navigating a global pandemic, it’s likely that you have heard someone use OCD as an adjective (e.g., “I’ve become so OCD with hand washing!”)
 
It is important to discern that obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is not a...

The Myth of Independence

From the moment of conception, we as humans were reliant on our relationships to help us interface with the world. Starting from the womb, all our needs were met by our mother. This was the safest place most of us...

Moving Forward and Taking Care of Your Mental Health

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As we move through these challenging times it is important that we remember to care for both our mental and physical health. The last couple of years have been challenging and many of us have felt overwhelmed...

Trauma and Romantic Relationships

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Trauma and Romantic Relationships
 
What is Trauma
Trauma is any situation or event that causes a lasting emotional and physical response. This event can be anything from a natural disaster, physical assault, or accident to a situation such as being...

Emotional Piggy Banks and Relationships 

All relationships can be subject to stress which can impact the quality of any relationship. It doesn’t really matter what relationship we refer to, ones with our family, our children, and our partners/spouses can become prone to negative interconnections at...