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“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. ...

Building Connections

 
“A deep sense of love and belonging is an irresistible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don’t function as...

No motivation? No problem!

 
“To be motivated” is a common goal that many clients have in therapy. Whether one is deep in the trenches of anxiety or depression, grieving a loved one, or dealing with a painful heartbreak, the feeling of motivation is usually...

Optimizing A Good Feeling Day

Wouldn’t it be nice to begin a day feeling good and continue to expand on this feeling? For most people feeling good can be fleeting and can change in an instant. It could be a simple look someone give us...

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...

Parenting

Parenting can be a unique and rewarding experience. Many of us love and enjoy our time with our children and cannot imagine life without them. Despite great sense of joy and satisfaction, parenting can be difficult. For those of us...

Being and Doing: Integrating Masculine and Feminine Energies

 
In our patriarchal, achievement-oriented society, there is an imbalance of masculine energy – a focus on doing, rather than being. We are overly concerned with how productive we are, our achievements, and our careers. My Asian neighbour expressed his dislike...

Anxiety and Stress

 
In general, anxiety, in and of itself, is natural and adaptive; it is a normal reaction to stress, and it has its place as an essential signal for our safety.  For example, it can motivate us to accomplish tasks like...

Rejection is Protection

One of the most uncomfortable human experiences is the experience of being rejected. Whether it’s by a friend, a romantic partner, your own family, an employer, a school, or a random stranger, being rejected just doesn’t feel good. It can...

Healthy Communication

 
The way we communicate almost always has to do with how we were raised and what was modeled to us. A lot of people go through life thinking that the way they communicate and express their feelings is healthy until...