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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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Negotiating between Authenticity and Attachment

April 14, 2021 | Connection, General

I attended a presentation once with Dr. Gabor Maté where he said something to the effect of, “we are always negotiating between authenticity and attachment”. It was a casual mention; a random thought in an larger argument: how our history influences not only our mental health, but also the health of our bodies. Although I…

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Racial discrimination: What we can do

March 21, 2021 | General, Social Justice, Society

March 21st is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This date also kickstarts a Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling Against Racism and Racial Discrimination. It commemorates the 1960 massacre in Sharpeville, South Africa, where police killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against the apartheid pass laws. Talking about racial discrimination…

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What self-worth is really about

February 25, 2021 | General, Self-worth

In the world we live in, we typically equate our worth to what we can offer or achieve: the quality of our work, how much we do for others, our degrees, the number in our bank account. Seeing it that way, it’s easy to get confused. Our self-worth seems to depend on what we are…

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HANDOUT: Using Love Languages for Self-Care and Self-Soothing

January 27, 2021 | General, Handouts, Self Care

Have you heard about the “5 Love Languages“, as developed by Dr. Gary Chapman? To be perfectly honest, I don’t know much about it, as I’ve never read his books. I recently learned that he’s a controversial figure, on account of using this concept to justify problematic behaviour in relationships. Please know that I don’t…

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How listening plays into therapy

January 16, 2021 | Therapeutic Process

Last year I found out about an unofficial USAMerican holiday called “Day of Listening”. The intention during this day is to give people the space, time and attention to share stories about themselves so that we may be listened to and begin to understand one another. I thought it was a good excuse to talk…

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Wellness culture and its unfair burden

July 30, 2020 | Social Justice

I used to believe that everything could be resolved in one’s life by changing oneself. If only we could have the right thoughts and feelings, things would be great. Looking back, I understand where that belief came from. So much of our Western, colonialist culture holds myths of individualism, meritocracy, and self-reliance. To an extent,…

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