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Learning to trust again

May 29, 2020 | Anxiety, Connection, General, Society

When I work on the issue of trust with my clients, I like to tell them that we all need to trust each other. We need to trust that the driver next to us knows what they’re doing, we need to trust the grocery store will be stocked with what we need, we need to…

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In therapy, I’m a GPS

April 23, 2020 | General, Therapeutic Process

Do you wonder what a therapist is actually doing in session? Trying to describe my job can be difficult. How do you explain the dynamic interaction between client and counsellor? Research consistently suggests that the quality of the therapeutic relationship is one of the main aspects of making therapy work. An important ingredient to this…

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Adapting to change

April 07, 2020 | Awareness, General, Self Care

Life has changed. In the past few weeks, I have done my best to adapt to the new normal. I run my practice fully online now. To do so, I researched multiple video call platforms, read enough Privacy Policy documents to last me a life-time, talked to several colleagues, and studied best practices for telepsychology….

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My practice, you, and COVID-19

March 23, 2020 | Seaglass News

We’re all going through a lot right now. The whole world is. Sometime in the near future, I hope to share with you everything I have been doing to respond to the current situation. I would also like to tell you about how I am hopeful that all of humanity may have the chance, right…

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COVID-19: Continuity Plan

March 15, 2020 | Seaglass News

Due to the rapidly changing scenario in the province regarding COVID-19, I wanted to share with you the continuity plan for my practice. It is my aim to be proactive while remaining committed to my social, professional, and ethical responsibilities. As of today, the risk level in Alberta for COVID-19 is low. To align with…

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Micromeditating as self care

February 28, 2020 | Awareness, Connection, Self Care, Spirituality

Finding time to engage in self care can be hard. We live such hurried, busy lives! Knowing how important self care is motivates me to keep trying to make time for it. Also, it feels really good to take care of myself. One of my fail-safe ways to make time for it is to do…

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Why is vulnerability important?

February 20, 2020 | Connection, Emotions, Society

Is there a feeling quite like vulnerability? It can open us raw and leave us tender, and it can be followed by some of the most powerful experiences of love or rejection. Why would we choose vulnerability, when the stakes are so high? That’s such an important question. Why do that? In three words: for authentic…

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Why I believe that telling me the story of your trauma is an unnecessary risk

February 10, 2020 | Awareness, Trauma

Over the past three-and-a-half years, I’ve supported and learned from people who have experienced sexualized violence. Many of them went through that and other forms of violence in their lives. I’ve seen the way that being hurt by other humans harms people. I’ve had the honour of accompanying them as they healed their wounds and…

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Why do we have emotions?

January 26, 2020 | Awareness, Emotions

I love asking this question to my clients. Why do we have emotions? Despite the social demands telling us we should be rational (as if that were really possible, but that’s a topic for another post), the truth is we need emotions. They motivate us, they lead us into action, the tell us about our…

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What happens when you have hope for something in the future, but you’re afraid it might not happen?

January 19, 2020 | Emotions, General

I’ve been paying attention to this lately. It’s like there is a constant argument going on between the part of me that wants to feel hope, and another that tells me, “no, don’t. What if it doesn’t happen how you want it?” For a while, I welcomed the comfort of telling myself it would likely…

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