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Connection & Disconnection in Family Relationships

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“We are never so vulnerable as when we love.” (Siegmund Freud) Human beings are social creatures with an innate need for connection with others. It is as essential to our survival as our need for water, food, and shelter.  We flourish when our connection with others is secured, and we suffer when this connection breaks apart. […]

Benefits of Art or Play Therapy for Kids and Teens

Throughout history, art has been used by humans to tell stories, express ourselves, and communicate with one another. From cave paintings to modern art, drawing pictures is one of the most natural forms of expression for humans, even when language has not been available to us. It is a unique communication tool that has played […]

Supporting Trans Youth: Parental Anxiety

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One of the main challenges parents of trans and nonbinary youth express to me is something they often share with their kids: feeling alone and unsupported. That feeling has changed in recent years. It’s hard to separate parental reactions to a child coming out, or asking for support with names, pronouns, clothes, and other kinds […]

Managing Back-To-School Stress and Anxiety

Fall is usually a sign that children are back at school, which can be exciting as kids are seeing friends and engaging in school activities again. However, it’s also common for children to feel worried or stressed during this season. Depending on their age, children may feel anxious about being away from their parents or […]

Elevating Your Self-Worth: Strategies for Improving Self-Esteem

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Low self-esteem can result from many different factors, including childhood upbringing, trauma, social or economic factors, and much more. It is important to recognize that, while it is completely normal to struggle with low self-esteem, this does not mean that it is something you need to struggle with forever. Consistently utilizing the tips in this […]

Is Social Media Making Me Feel Bad About My Body?

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The truth about social media The world is at the tip of our fingers, which means comparing ourselves to others can be a slippery slope. The problem with comparison on social media, especially when it relates to our bodies, is that so much of what we are seeing is perfectly curated, or even fake. Social […]

Battling Burnout: Strategies for Replenishing Your Energy and Well-Being

In today’s fast-paced and demanding world, battling burnout has become an all-too-common experience for many individuals. Juggling multiple responsibilities, managing workloads, and dealing with personal challenges can leave us feeling emotionally and physically exhausted. In this blog post, we will explore the concept of burnout, its signs and symptoms, and effective strategies to combat it […]

Wellness: Achieving A Healthy Lifestyle

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Wellness is a process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy lifestyle. There is no standard or universal model when it comes to wellness. Most wellness models consider physical, mental, emotional, social, environmental, and spiritual as important areas to think about, while others include occupational and financial as part of their wellness […]

Uprooted: Navigating Identity and Belonging as an Immigrant

Immigrating to a new country can be an exciting and disorienting experience. As someone who immigrated to Canada during my teenage years, I have experienced firsthand the difficulties that come with trying to navigate my sense of identity and belonging as an immigrant in a new culture, while also maintaining a connection to my heritage. […]

Why Won’t My Anxiety Go Away?

This is a question that almost everyone with anxiety has asked. First of all, we all will experience some anxiety in our lives – a little bit is totally normal and okay. However, for some people, that anxious feeling grows and grows until it can feel uncontrollable and overwhelming.  In short, anxiety will not simply […]