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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...

The Pendulum of Intimacy

 
Intimacy refers to a deep and mutual connection; a place where one can be emotionally vulnerable and sexually satisfied. Intimacy is dynamic with emotional, intellectual, spiritual, sexual, and physical components.
 
When a long-term-committed relationship is without intimacy, partners can feel more...

5 Steps to stop worrying

 
Many of my clients find themselves worrying about things throughout their daily lives. We worry about what people think of us, or worrying about one of our family members catching COVID, or what would happen if we lose our job...

In Defense of Hobbies

As responsibilities pile up and stress builds, the first thing we tend to let go of are hobbies. We tell ourselves that we “don’t have enough time” for hobbies when there are other important tasks demanding our time and attention. 
 
It...

Embracing Lockdown – Connections through Routine

Prior to COVID-19, many of us found ourselves so busy with activities, events, and responsibilities. Having all activities and events cancelled weighs heavy on many. However, this time may be a great opportunity to reflect on how we spend our...