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Day Four – Bumps in the Road: Applying Values and Family Rules to Your Day to Day.  

This is the hard part.  Start by acknowledging that NOBODY is perfect.  Parents will screw up, and kids will screw up. When we are hurt, angry, frustrated, overwhelmed, we are ripe for screw-ups.  Think about this (and teach your kids to as well). When you are feeling like you are “losing it”, ask yourself these HALT questions:  Am I Hungry Am I Angry Am I Lonely Am I Tired I also

Day Three – Pressing the Re-Set Button on Your Family Life During Social Isolation

Day Three READ THIS IF YOU HAVE SCHOOL AGE KIDDOS AND/OR TEENS Talk, talk, and talk.  Have a chat about how the kids think parents can help them develop these values and the habits that go with them.  Start with brainstorming and then move to develop some concrete rules around conduct and behaviour in the home. Parents, be vulnerable.  Share how it is hard for you to maintain the self-discipline to “walk the walk” every day. Share your

Day Two – Pressing the Re-Set Button on Your Family Life During Social Isolation

Day Two Take some time to think about the vision you have for your family.  Think back to when you looked at your sweet, delicate infants for the first time.  I am sure you had dreams for your babies from day one. You jumped ahead to the distant future, picturing them as an astronaut, a physician or a judge.  However, once reality kicked in, you knew that you needed to examine your family values and think about how you

Pressing the Re-Set Button on Your Family Life During Social Isolation

Day One So here we are, settling into Covid Family Life.  This is a time marked with uncertainty as to where this is going, and for how long.  Most of us have experienced the roller coaster of emotions associated with this experience.  From shock, to sadness, depression, anxiety and back through again. Hopefully, you are moving into accepting this situation for what it is today, and are now thinking about how you are wanting to travel through it as

Managing Stress in Times of Uncertainty – COVID-19

The response to COVID-19 is evolving by the minute. It is most definitely an unprecedented time, which brings with it uncertainty. For those who are predisposed to anxiety, this pandemic scare can have severe repercussions and impact functioning. Even those who are not suffering from anxiety are prone to feeling confusion, stress and overwhelm, as well as a range of emotions. If you are feeling overwhelmed and you need support, we are happy to offer video counselling, which may assist you

Why Therapy?

Let’s start at the beginning.  Let’s talk about what therapy isn’t.  Therapy is NOT what you see in the movies.  There is a couch…but you don’t have to lie on it.  There are hard questions…but you don’t have to interpret inkblots, and it is not judgemental or scary, with NO bearded, bespeckled man, um-humming while you share your inner-most thoughts. In our practice, it is our priority to create a comfortable, safe and welcoming environment where you can safely come to

The Best Advice Is No Advice

I am often asked by people what is the best therapy “advice” that I have ever given. It may appear that answering this question would be difficult because I see a wide variety of individuals who come to me with a wide variety of reasons for seeking therapy.  However, the question is not a difficult one for me to answer at all. The reason is because I generally don’t give advice! Let me explain.  Think about

Change Is Hard…But Not Impossible

All of us have attempted to change or modify our behaviours at one time or another.  That all means all of us have experienced the frustration when change does not come easily, or it does not come at all.  In the 1980’s, researchers Prochaska and DiClemente developed the Transtheoretical Model to explain how people embark on a path toward change.  This biopsychosocial model integrates information from previous research and provides a theory of change that can