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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 […]

Dealing with Depression

Depression is more than being “down in the dumps”. Dealing with depression can feel like falling deeper and deeper into a dark hole, and not knowing how to get out. Many people may not even realize they are struggling with depression until they slow down and notice how far down that hole they really are.  […]

Navigating Medical Trauma: Understanding and Coping with Healthcare-Related Distress

As a registered clinical counsellor specializing in chronic illness, I am well acquainted with the concept of “medical trauma.” Unfortunately, it is an all-too-common experience for individuals living with chronic conditions. In this blog post, we will delve into what medical trauma entails and explore strategies for navigating its impact. What is Medical Trauma? Medical […]

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 […]