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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...

Why Being Happy Is an Unhelpful Goal

So often we ask ourselves, what’s the point? What does it matter? Who cares? We slip into a dull cycle of redundancy and cynicism. Our emotions seem to direct our actions in efforts to achieve one common goal – happiness...

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...

How to Listen to Your Emotions

Have you ever had one of those days when you felt irritable, overly tired, or had difficulty dealing with your regular daily routine and were unsure why you felt that way? More often than not, we can determine what is...

Importance of Self-Compassion

 
Compassion is an idea that is familiar to most people. Many feel compassion in relationships with their partners, children, siblings, parents, etc. However, I have realized that the idea of self-compassion is unknown to many people.
 
It is easy to be...

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...