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Navigating Anger in Communication

January 12th, 2022

Some of the biggest challenges we face on a day-to-day basis is communicating with others. It’s hard enough to be aware of what we are thinking and feeling, let alone communicating what that is effectively to others. When we are irritated, annoyed, frustrated, angry or enraged (all gradients along the spectrum of anger) it becomes even more challenging.

Don't Let Guilt Set Your Schedule: Learn how to say no and reduce the yoke of guilt

January 5th, 2022

Few good decisions or actions come as a result of guilt. It’s not a desirable emotion and is definitely something we’d like to avoid. Perhaps this is because we don’t feel a twinge of guilt, instead it’s a sensation akin to a blow to the gut or a very heavy yoke on our shoulders. Learning how to identify guilt-causing situations and respond in ways to prevent guilt is an important skill to build in order to avoid the discomfort.

3 WAYS TO QUIET CALM AMYGDALA: DECREASE ANXIETY IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

January 4th, 2022
In: Anxiety

Now, perhaps more than ever, we need to look after our mental health and equip ourselves with the information and strategies to manage our mood, anxiety and calm our bodies.

What Ground Do You Stand On?

There is a story in Greek mythology about a mighty wrestler named Antaeus. The half-giant son of Poseidon and the earth goddess Gaia, Antaeus would challenge anyone who passed by to a wrestling match. He would defeat and kill every opponent, and would add their skulls to the temple he had built in honour of his father.

A Personalized Approach to Depression: Exercise is not depression’s holy grail

October 25th, 2021

Depression ain’t what it used to be. And that is a good thing. The turn of the 21st century gave depression a better identity. Gone are the days when people with depression hid in the back bedroom, were shunned or worst of all, confined to an institution with barbaric practices like those seen in the movies and media.

how to choose a counsellor

August 21st, 2021

How can you know if a counsellor or therapist is right for you? Here are some suggestions. check their education and credentials Qualified counsellors and therapists in BC have a master’s degree in counselling psychology or a related field. Look for the Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) or Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) designation. This confirms they have the appropriate education and training. take advantage of the free consultation

How do you define Anxiety ?

August 20th, 2021
In: Anxiety

After asking a client if they struggle with Anxiety, I received an honest and interesting response: "I'm not sure, how do you define Anxiety?" 

Keeping Your Mind In The Right Place, COVID-19

February 24th, 2021

Anxiety and stress are natural and healthy responses to uncertainty and perceived danger; there is no reason to be “alarmed” about feeling alarmed!

Self-Care Includes Cleaning Up Your Friendships

January 2nd, 2021

Identify the Vampires Among Your Friends and Make Changes When it comes to friendship, a few good sayings have come up over the years that have been said in different ways by different people:          “You can choose your friends but not your family”          “Friends are the family we choose” These quotes imply that we have a choice in who we spend time and surround ourselves with. Unlike family, where genetics or lineage trump choice.

Challenging Times: 5 Ways to Boost Your Resiliency

To say these times are challenging is an understatement. We are facing the complexity of a pandemic, political unrest, socio-economic uncertainty, and a diverse set of other related stressors all at the same time. Many of the associated life changes have been out of our control. Increased discomfort and anxiety are a normal response to lack of control and certainty! So, how are you responding? Here’s a few things that will build resilience and help you not only respond to stressors with a greater degree of strength, but also with a sense of personal growth.

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