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Moving Forward and Taking Care of Your Mental Health

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As we move through these challenging times it is important that we remember to care for both our mental and physical health. The last couple of years have been challenging and many of us have felt overwhelmed...

Trauma and Romantic Relationships

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Trauma and Romantic Relationships
 
What is Trauma
Trauma is any situation or event that causes a lasting emotional and physical response. This event can be anything from a natural disaster, physical assault, or accident to a situation such as being...

Emotional Piggy Banks and Relationships 

All relationships can be subject to stress which can impact the quality of any relationship. It doesn’t really matter what relationship we refer to, ones with our family, our children, and our partners/spouses can become prone to negative interconnections at...

Communication and the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse

One of the most common issues brought to couples therapy is the issue of communication.  This can present itself as a lack of communication all together, or simply as ineffective communication that causes a disconnect between two partners.  Specifically, Dr. John Gottman’s...

Caring for Ourselves while Caring for Others

Many of us go through busy seasons in our lives. We may be new parents, our jobs can demand much from us, or we may need to care for an ailing family member. As human beings our time, resources, and...

Mindful Parenting During a Pandemic

Parents have been stretched in a million different ways during this pandemic and pushed beyond the limits in ways they did not know were possible.
All at once, we were hopping on and off work zoom calls between episodes of Cocomelon...

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...

Creating Emotional Safety In Relationships

When couples come for Marriage 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...

Who Am I? Developing A Strong Sense of Self

There is a common axiom that if you do not know where you are going, you can end up somewhere else. In the fields of psychotherapy and counselling there is a common goal to help others in their human journey. ...

The Value of Values

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Values are an important part of who we are. They can ground us when making decisions, help us prioritize, and connect us to those around us. Despite their importance, we often do not spend much time...