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Processing Disappointment – Not Losing Hope

 
Disappointment is the experience you feel when you consider ‘what might have been,’ in contrast to your present circumstances. It is the recognition that you don’t have, didn’t get, or will not achieve what you wanted, as well as a...

Stuck on Perfect

Having high standards and striving for excellence can be a good thing and help us reach our goals in life. A high achiever can find satisfaction with their performance even if their goals are not entirely met, taking pride in...

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Rewiring the Brain

 
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a short-term, goal oriented and structured therapy approach that focusses on the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviours. It is an evidence-based approach used as an effective treatment for depression, anxiety, panic, chronic pain, eating disorders...

Mental Health Struggles: Part 1 Dealing with the Past

The root causes of mental health are not merely biological or psychological but also social, referred to by specialists as the bio-psycho-social paradigm.  The biopsychosocial model views health and illness behaviors as products of biological characteristics (such as genes), behavioral factors (such...

Our Emotions are a Compass

 
Our emotions can work like a compass, directing us to consider and address areas of our lives that require change.  Emotions provide information that alerts us to our values, needs, and perceptions of our experiences.  Sitting with feelings, without judgement...

Am I Sad or is it SAD?

 
The winter months can be challenging for many reasons.  We live with shorter days and limited sunlight exposure.  We tolerate frigid temperatures that make us want to hibernate and can interfere with participating in activities we would otherwise enjoy.  There...

The Power of Our Thoughts

 
Our thoughts are silent, but powerful. They have the ability to impact our state of mind, perspective, well-being, and ultimately the course of our lives. It is often said that thoughts lead to feelings, which lead(s) to behaviour. Therefore, it...

6 Ways to Give Yourself the Gift of Self-Care This Holiday Season

As the holiday season reaches full swing, many of us may find that along with the joyful hustle and bustle can also come pressure, grief, tension, loneliness, disappointment and other heavy emotions. Stress and depressive feelings can be amplified as...

Kids and Holiday Stress

 
With the holiday season upon us, December can be a time of exciting celebration but also a time of great stress for adults and children alike. Parents often feel a time crunch of competing demands and regular schedules are disrupted...