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Kids and Holiday Stress

 
With the holiday season upon us, December can be a time of exciting celebration but also a time of great stress for adults and children alike. Parents often feel a time crunch of competing demands and regular schedules are disrupted...

Healthy Conflict

 
Conflict is normal in healthy relationships and disagreements occur in our daily lives. Some may see conflict as something negative and try to avoid it. However, managing conflict and developing skills to communicate in a healthy way are skills that...

Winter Isolation

 
Winter is a time for hibernation.  We spend 90% of our time indoors and away from the cold.  I mean, who doesn’t love a day of sitting by the fireplace with a warm cup of tea and cozy blanket? I...

Heartbreak

 
Heartbreak is a painful experience. The pain that a person goes through can be beyond words and explanations. Feeling sad, lonely, and hurt are among a few emotional experiences that one has including physiological sensations such as heaviness in the...

Befriending Yourself

 
Compassion is the feeling that happens when you notice that others are suffering and your heart responds to their pain with love and kindness.  Compassion means “to suffer with” giving us the desire to help the suffering person in some...

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...

Resolving Perpetual Problems in Relationships

 
One of the most common reasons couples attend counselling is for conflict resolution. In many cases, these couples are stuck because despite many attempts at finding resolution some of their problems just don’t seem to go away.  They come in...

Dating

 
Dating can be a confusing and stressful experience for many people, especially those who are coming out of a long-term relationship. The process of dating has been moving faster and faster in recent years. Terms like “friends with benefits,” “hook-up,”...

 Life in BALANCE

 
Do you feel pulled in a million different directions?  In a culture that celebrates busyness and overachievement, we can find ourselves like a hamster in a treadmill racing from one thing to the next.   We pack our day with commitments...

The Impact of Believing that You’re Alone Part 1

Many of us have the core belief that we are alone in this universe. As I’ve witnessed with many clients, that core belief has a negative impact on how we address our needs, take care of ourselves, set boundaries, and...