July 31, 2019

When I was 27 years old I was hospitalized for 8 months as the result of a life threatening illness. Then again at age 57, I suffered a rare type of Stroke and spent 4 months in Rehab, learning to walk again, managing with right side paralysis. I now walk without a can...

March 13, 2019

Grief and loss can be about any loss that has deep meaning for you; the loss of a relationship (including a friendship); the sense of loss when your youngest child leaves home as they head into adulthood; retirement or the loss of any long valued job; the loss of mobil...

March 9, 2019

It's Tax Season and for some of us there's a question of "how did we get here (financially)?" Not surprisingly money issues rank up there with health issues, work dissatisfaction and relationship conflict, as a significant and often ongoing stress. We know stress is ge...

August 10, 2018

There's a multitude of self help books and authors offering support about relationships and building healthy relationships. Recognizable names include Sue Johnson, Harville Hendrix, John Gottman. If there a common theme(s) in all of them, it's about how we need to feel...

September 7, 2017

Are you being subjected to Emotional Abuse? Physical abuse is relatively clearly defined, an aggressive form of physical contact with the intent to control and/or harm another without their consent. Emotional abuse can be more subtle. Gossip is an indirect form of emot...

August 22, 2017

The term enabler has come to mean someone who doesn't turn a blind eye to another's poor choices, bad habits or negative behaviour. An enabler, by their response actually encourages and/or supports the poor choices by directly or indirectly rewarding the person who is...

July 20, 2017

In my capacity as a Clinical Counsellor I have been working in support of Residential School Survivors in their healing process, for several years now. It was in that capacity that I was invited to the first Truth and Reconciliation Conference in Winnipeg Manitoba in J...

May 18, 2017

So often I get referral from the Courts or Probation with the expectation the client receive anger management. It's become a bit of a worn out term. If you were to ask a counsellor about the term the answer you'd probably get is "There's nothing wrong with anger in and...

August 28, 2016

Conflict itself is not a bad thing. Conflict is merely a coming together of ideas and opinions that creates the opportunity for growth, repair and new ideas. Given we are all unique individuals with different experiences and capabilities, we will inevitably have confli...

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