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Looking back, and looking forward

December 27, 2021 | General, Seaglass News

As we near the end of another year, I wanted to share my 2021 balance. These are some thoughts about my practice as well as some personal experiences from this year, and my hopes for 2022. Looking back on my practice 2021 was another busy year in my practice. I started offering Emotionally Focused Couple…

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Abuse prevention: Hollywood vs Real Life Abuse

November 25, 2021 | Self Care, Social Justice, Society

I often hear people say, “my experience wasn’t abusive because it wasn’t that bad.” Sometimes, this is a defense mechanism: if they don’t acknowledge it as abuse, they don’t have to deal with it the same way. Other times, people make comments like these because of a genuine belief that abuse has to look a…

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How well does telepsychology work?

October 27, 2021 | General, Therapeutic Process

In the changing landscape of a pandemic, our work as mental health providers became more essential than ever before. Technology allowed us to continue supporting people through lockdowns and social distancing. And yet, it’s understandable when people are reluctant about it and wonder: how well does telepsychology work? For a lot of people, the use…

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Suicide prevention: Three things you need to know

September 09, 2021 | General, Social Justice

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day, with the whole month dedicated to Suicide Prevention Awareness. I want to take the opportunity to talk about this topic, as it’s an important part of mental health, and tell you three things about suicide that you need to know. Statistically speaking, suicide is the 9th leading cause…

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Having hope as a rebellion

August 10, 2021 | General, Mind, Social Justice, Society

I was recently chatting with two very good friends about systemic problems that have been bringing us down. We talked about the anguish around the climate emergency and anxiety over the disappearing COVID-19 regulations in our province, among others. In my conversation with them, we found our way to the issue of hope. How do…

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Celebrating International Self-Care Day [+ free meditation!]

July 24, 2021 | General, Handouts, Self Care

Today we’re celebrating International Self-Care Day! This date was established in 2011 by the Global Self-Care Federation (GSCF), with the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the month leading up to it as Self-Care Month in 2020. Do you know why they picked July 24th? Because self-care is important 24 hours a day, the 7 days…

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How to create change without shaming yourself

July 05, 2021 | Anxiety, General, Therapeutic Process

When we’re interested in personal growth, we recognize that there are things about ourselves we want to change or improve: it could be traits, behaviours, attitudes, or mindsets we hold. However, sometimes, the way we approach this is by beating ourselves up for being who we are today. In the video below, I talk about…

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How we can support Indigenous Peoples’ wellness

June 21, 2021 | General, Social Justice, Society

In honour of Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day, I wanted to talk about how we can support Indigenous Peoples’ wellness as healthcare professionals, and the importance of cultural competency. These dates aim to celebrate the culture, experiences and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and learn more about their history….

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Basic Emotions: Their meaning and need

May 26, 2021 | Emotions, General

If you remember, we started off the month with Canadian Mental Health Week (in the US it’s Mental Health Awareness Month, too). The theme this year was “understanding our emotions” and, since that’s one of my favourite topics, I decided to talk about it all through May. In my last post, I told you what…

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Understanding our emotions

May 03, 2021 | Emotions, General

It’s Canadian Mental Health Week! This year’s theme is understanding our emotions and we’re here for it. I love asking my clients, why do you think we have emotions? When I do, I get anything from a blank stare of confusion to very intuitive answers. As part of the ensuing conversation, we usually discuss how…

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