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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...

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...

Getting to Contentment

There are countless self-help books on how to attain happiness. For many people suffering from mental illnesses like depression and anxiety, the idea of getting to a state of happiness can seem too far-fetched.  So I have a proposition: take...

Processing Disappointment – Not Losing Hope

 
Disappointment is the experience you feel when you consider ‘what might have been,’ in contrast to your present circumstances. It is the recognition that you don’t have, didn’t get, or will not achieve what you wanted, as well as a...

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 pride in...

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. ...

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Rewiring the Brain

 
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a short-term, goal oriented and structured therapy approach that focusses on the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviours. It is an evidence-based approach used as an effective treatment for depression, anxiety, panic, chronic pain, eating disorders...

Our Emotions are a Compass

 
Our emotions can work like a compass, directing us to consider and address areas of our lives that require change.  Emotions provide information that alerts us to our values, needs, and perceptions of our experiences.  Sitting with feelings, without judgement...

Am I Sad or is it SAD?

 
The winter months can be challenging for many reasons.  We live with shorter days and limited sunlight exposure.  We tolerate frigid temperatures that make us want to hibernate and can interfere with participating in activities we would otherwise enjoy.  There...