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Resolving Perpetual Problems in Relationships

 
One of the most common reasons couples attend counselling is for conflict resolution. In many cases, these couples are stuck because despite many attempts at finding resolution some of their problems just don’t seem to go away.  They come in...

Substance Use Management

 
Mental illness can be debilitating.  Many who struggle with mental illness feel pressure to carry on with life and uphold responsibilities while in agony inside.  It’s no surprise then that many who struggle with mental illness want to numb the...

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

 
We have all been asked this question at least once in our life time.  Your answer most likely changed with age.  When I was 8 I wanted to be an astronomer; at 13 an actor; and at 18 a psychologist. ...

Self-Awareness

 
Life is tough.  Many of us have several responsibilities that we must tend to on a daily basis: work, children, household chores, elderly parents, etc. With life being so busy, and sometimes stressful, some of us tend to coast through...

Work-Life Balance

 
We live in a busy world.  We are expected to work 8 hours a day, sit in traffic for 1-2 hours, drive the kids to hockey practice, watch their piano recitals, then come home to cook dinner and pack lunches...

R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

As a tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, today we’re going to talk about R.E.S.P.E.C.T.  In 1967, Aretha taught us a little about relationships and reminded us that a little respect can go a long way.
 
Couple’s therapy experts, John and...

The Inner-Critic

 
Many of us have a little voice in our head with a running commentary of our lives. “I have to pick up the dry-cleaning today,” “I wonder what the weather is like.” “Ugh – I missed the turn.” This inner...

Metamorphosis

There are stages of change that an insect goes through as it matures. This change process is called Metamorphosis. First an egg is formed.  Then, with just the right temperature and environment, larva hatches from the egg. Once the larva...

Overcoming Guilt

Guilt.  A heavy word, a heavy feeling. Guilt can be an utterly debilitating experience because it often manifests in other painful emotions like anxiety, sadness, anger and disgust.  Those who experience guilt may feel anxious over being caught or discovered...

The Loneliness of Mental Illness

You are at an intimate party of 30+ friends, having engaging conversations with people you have known forever. Despite being surrounded by friends who seem to enjoy your company, you feel utterly alone. If this is a familiar feeling to...