The Benefits of Positive Affirmations and How to Use Them

People often reflect on the past twelve months around this time of year. What changes occurred? What could be done differently in 2015? These are all helpful questions that can guide us toward more enriching lives. But for many people, these questions carry shame or guilt. Such emotions can be difficult to release and lead to frustration [...]

By | 2017-10-27T21:41:59-07:00 December 31st, 2014|Anxiety Disorders, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on The Benefits of Positive Affirmations and How to Use Them

Five Tips for Making Friends and Impressing Strangers

The holidays are here—and it’s time to socialize. Chances are, you’ll meet many new people within the next year, and brushing up on impressive character traits is important for improvised visits and first impressions. It can take under 100 milliseconds to gage someone’s personality, so impressing a newcomer should be a “before-during-and-after” deal. Before getting [...]

By | 2017-10-27T21:42:05-07:00 December 27th, 2014|Anxiety Disorders, Educational, Relationships, Self-Care Strategies, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Five Tips for Making Friends and Impressing Strangers

The Silver Lining is Bigger Than We Think: Finding the Balance in Challenge

The Silver Lining is Bigger Than We Think: Finding the Balance in Challenge “The sum of all forces in a closed system is zero.”  This quote refers to a well-known theory from physics called the conservation of matter. If we apply it to mindset and human behavior, it has profound implications for those of use [...]

By | 2017-10-27T21:42:10-07:00 December 24th, 2014|About Counselling, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Educational|Comments Off on The Silver Lining is Bigger Than We Think: Finding the Balance in Challenge

Understanding Addiction

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor in Vancouver, BC and I have been working in the field of addictions for more than a decade. My first job in my field of counselling in 2002 was at a methadone clinic in Vancouver’s lower east side which has a world-wide reputation for being particularly entrenched with poverty [...]

By | 2017-10-27T21:42:15-07:00 December 22nd, 2014|Addictions|Comments Off on Understanding Addiction

Giving the Gift of Self-Care: How to Replace Holiday Triggers With Tenderness

Giving the Gift of Self-care: How to Replace Holiday Triggers With Tenderness The holidays can be a time of joy, celebration, and reconnection, but our high expectations for this season can sometimes send us into scary spirals of doubt and depression. Reducing stress during the holidays means spending time taking care of yourself, and working [...]

By | 2017-10-27T21:42:22-07:00 December 17th, 2014|Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Educational, Self-Care Strategies, Stress|Comments Off on Giving the Gift of Self-Care: How to Replace Holiday Triggers With Tenderness

Counselling or Coaching?

The New Year is approaching. It’s that time of the year we reevaluate our lives in order to improve ourselves; we all know the term 'New Year's Resolutions'.  The beginning of a new year is a common time where many people decide to reach out for help in order to get their lives back on [...]

By | 2017-10-27T21:42:26-07:00 December 15th, 2014|About Counselling|Comments Off on Counselling or Coaching?

Turning Anxiety Into a Productive Booster

Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental illnesses in North America and can be developed from a range of complex risk factors such as genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events. Although highly treatable, only a third of those suffering from anxiety reach out for help. Anxiety is a reflection of basic human [...]

By | 2017-10-27T21:42:33-07:00 December 12th, 2014|Anxiety Disorders, Self-Care Strategies|Comments Off on Turning Anxiety Into a Productive Booster

3 Things You Need to Know Before You Try EMDR Therapy

EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a therapeutic strategy that has been very successful in helping people who struggle with anxiety and other emotional disturbances and it is the approach that I specialize in. In my opinion, EMDR Therapy is the closest thing to a magic wand that I have found in counselling. [...]

By | 2017-10-27T21:42:40-07:00 December 4th, 2014|Anger Management, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Grief and Loss, Stress, Trauma|Comments Off on 3 Things You Need to Know Before You Try EMDR Therapy

Techniques to Handle Stress

When our body is challenged, it feels stressed and it impacts our mental and physical well-being. We all feel stressed at times, but there are periods in our lives when we feel particularly overwhelmed. Clinical symptoms and disorders associated with stress include cognitive disorders (memory problems, anxiety, pessimism, etc.), emotional disorders (anger, depression, moodiness, etc), [...]

By | 2017-10-27T21:42:46-07:00 December 1st, 2014|Self-Care Strategies, Stress|Comments Off on Techniques to Handle Stress

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