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Benefits to Pain & Suffering: The Key to Developing Resilience

We are seeing a paradigm shift in today’s culture to cope with adversities and difficult times. Anxiousness, avoidance, disconnection, and suffering are themes that keep many trapped and confined in a fear based state. Children and youth seem to have more “mental health” diagnoses than ever before, or is it…

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Conflict in your Relationship with your Partner: To be “Right” or to be “Effective”

For many years I have provided couples therapy. Generally, at the heart of most committed couples who come to see me, are the challenges of not knowing how to maneuver around conflict. When couples first meet, each of them could do no wrong. There was often a higher degree of…

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Learning to Live with Bipolar: What My Clients Have Taught Me

Bipolar disorder is for many referred to as a major mental illness which has far reaching implications for the lives of those who live with this disorder. In my 25+ years of being a therapist, I continue to be amazed by the inner strength and determination my clients have demonstrated…

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So What Are Healthy Boundaries in Loving Relationships?

For the most part, people who enter into loving relationships connect for many different reasons. Passion, connection, fun, mutuality, and excitement may be some of the initial reasons couples connect into loving relationships. Although these qualities are valuable and important, can they keep love ALIVE!? The long and short to…

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How to Support Children within Blended Families

According to Stats Canada, 4 in 10 first time marriages will end in divorce. Approximately 40% of families end up in transitions leading to significant changes for parents and children. Blended families are now the new reality in our Canadian society. At the heart of the “blended” family are the…

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