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5 Ways to Set Better Goals for the New Year

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“New year, new me” is a phrase we commonly hear as we close out the year and look forward to the next. We often start the year with the best of intentions to create new...

Job’s Friends and Jesus Weeping: Ways We Block Intimacy Part I

Job 2:11-13; John 11:32-36
 
The foundation of healthy intimacy is true interdependence, which requires a solid sense of self. That is, an awareness and allowance of our own experience so that we can share it with another, and also be open...

Importance of Listening to your Emotions

Decades of research has proven that emotions are universal.  The idea that emotions are experienced universally suggests that regardless of where in the world you are born, or what culture you are raised in, you are born with the innate...

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...

Empathy – Building Connections

 
Empathy can be defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. Empathy is a fundamental building block in close and intimate relationships but can be overlooked at times. Many individuals grow up in homes where they...

DBT: The Emotional Mind, the Rational Mind, and the Wise Mind

 
What is emotional mind?
 
How many times you have heard that women are highly emotional beings? Do you know a person who is mostly reactive? Have you ever been impulsive? These may all sound familiar to you as we all deal...

Creating Emotional Safety In Relationships

When couples come for counselling, the most common concern they share with me is their struggle around communication. Most couples say that if their communication was better, they could work through problems that arise in their relationship on their own...

The Importance of Authentic Feeling

Sometimes we lose ourselves in ideas, concepts that our brain creates to make reality less painful than it is. We disguise our fears and perceived weaknesses in an attempt to appear as though nothing can bring us down. Nothing can...

Fostering a Growth Mindset in Children

 
Are we encouraging our children to have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset? The type of mindset that children develop early on in life can make a profound difference in their approach to learning, resiliency and ultimate success.
We may...

Are you in an Emotionally Abusive Relationship?

What is Emotional Abuse?
 
In simple terms, emotional abuse is defined as overt and covert negative behaviors; abusive attitude and language designed to control, intimidate, isolate, demean and degrade or humiliate someone by attacking their self-value or personality.
 
What does abuse look...