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Self-Compassion

Have you ever experienced one of those moments that maybe something didn’t go as you expected or maybe you completely failed? Then did you find yourself feeling regretful or even a bit of shame? It can be easy to be...

The Right Fit: Tips to Make the Most of Your Therapist Consultation

Choosing a therapist can be a daunting process.  With so many options to pick from, it is understandably overwhelming to set out to select someone that will feel like the “right fit” to support you with your personal growth and...

Learning How to Learn

With the new school year looming, students of any age can benefit from learning how to study more effectively.  Rather than bringing up the subject of study habits as a lecture, entice your kids with the promise that they will...

Hitting Pause on Your Internal Problem Solver

Many of us have an internal problem solver that likes to identify a problem and fix it as soon as possible – preferably before anyone (including ourselves) notices that something is wrong.
 
The problem with this efficient little system is that...

Shame and the Antidote

 
Shame is the painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. It’s extremely uncomfortable because when we experience shame, we feel flawed, like an outsider, are seen with unlikeable traits, or feel rejected...

What Is Somatic Therapy and How Can It Help?

The word somatic originates from the Greek word “soma” which means living body. Somatic therapy takes a holistic treatment approach focusing on the dynamic relationship between the mind and the body as one united entity. According to somatic therapy theory...

Play Therapy 101

Play is the first language we learn as children. As we grow, our play styles may change and develop, but play remains a fundamental way that we express our inner thoughts and feelings (even those that we are not consciously...

Managing Triggers

What are Triggers
Triggers are emotional, psychological or physical reactions to internal or external events. These reactions can be more intense than our typical daily reactions to life events and can include heart palpitations, sweating, chills, racing thoughts, anxiety, strong emotions...

Toxic Positivity

I think we can all say this past year has been full of difficulties with this pandemic and abundance of uncertainty. One of the themes I have heard from so many is the amount of loss that has occurred, everyone...

Kindness, Its Importance and Impact

(Photo by Gary E. Stevenson, April 2021)
 
The last fourteen months have certainly been challenging and have impacted our lives in many ways. For some, far too much has been lost, economically, socially, emotionally, physically and mentally. I think it is...