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Trauma Blog April

So what exactly is trauma?

We have been hearing this term floating around so much more in recent years. It can seem overwhelming with the amount of social media posts discussing trauma, as well as news outlets literally showing us traumatic events occurring around the world (war, pandemic). Some of us don’t even want to acknowledge we have experienced trauma because that in itself is a lot to take in.  So, what exactly is trauma? Trauma is the response

Counselling and Coaching Blog

Counselling vs Coaching Making The Choice that Works for You

You have made the decision to tackle some issues and learn to approach things differently, but as you start to do the research, you come up with a question: “do I need counselling or coaching?” Let’s take a look at the differences between these two supports to help demystify the titles, skills and approaches. What is coaching? Coaching is an approach that is designed to help you see clearly where you are today, and then find ways to move forward toward your

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Finding Hope During the Pandemic

During the pandemic, initial days of isolation turned into weeks, then into months, and now nearly two years later, our lives have become entirely uprooted and far from the reality we once knew. Normal routines and tasks became increasingly stressful, with more demands placed on us, and the lockdowns proved it was not just our routines that became disrupted, but our relationships too. Facing uncertainty or an upheaval of our routines can wreak havoc on our minds

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Brushing Up on Personal Boundaries

It’s hard to believe we are already nearing the end of 2021. The holiday season is right around the corner and this can lead to many mixed emotions and overwhelm. That said, this is a great time to improve or brush up on boundary setting in your personal relationships with your partner, family, friends, and in the workplace. What are “boundaries” and why do healthy boundaries matter? Adopting healthy boundaries protects your emotional well-being to prevent emotional and

Co-regulation: What you (and your child) need right now

Our ability to regulate ourselves as adults comes down to two basic, yet challenging, abilities: attention and emotion regulation. These abilities are less developed in children; so why is co-regulation so difficult for us parents? Photo by Sai De Silva on Unsplash When we talk about self-regulation, it speaks to our ability to manage our own emotions and thoughts. This regulation is not just about our own intentions. It is also influenced by many things around

Day Ten – Pressing The Re-Set Button on Your Family Life During Social Isolation

Nobody Is Perfect.  End. Of. Story.   So while you’re at it, abandon perfectionism.  Be kind to yourself and your family. The house will be messy, people will have to be convinced to bathe, you will eat junk, those long-standing house jobs will not get completed as quickly as you envisioned, if not at all.  That’s alright. Go back to the values. I can safely guess that NOBODY came up with “Do All The Things” as their top

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