Coping with Challenges During the Holidays

Holidays can be a special time when there is joy in spending time with friends and family. It can be a time of joy with giving and gratitude. Unfortunately, for many people, the holidays can be a challenging time that can be a struggle to get through. These struggles can include dealing with the lossContinue reading “Coping with Challenges During the Holidays”

How Spirituality Can Help The Healing Process in Therapy?

Spirituality can be a powerful aspect of your helping process, whether you take your form of spirituality into your therapy sessions or not. It was for me, but I know not everyone is like me. Spirituality may have a vital place in your life, or you may not have a place for spirituality in yourContinue reading “How Spirituality Can Help The Healing Process in Therapy?”

The Benefits of Gratitude Practices

Gratitude can have many benefits to your health. It can be done in many ways. There are some pitfalls that can happen with gratitude practices which can change a beneficial experience into a harmful one. Overall, gratitude practices are simple ways to bring some benefit into your life. What is Gratitude? Gratitude is a positiveContinue reading “The Benefits of Gratitude Practices”

My Approach to Problematic Substance Use and Behaviours

My approach to problematic substance use and behaviours starts with understanding the root cause and the role that the substance use or problematic behaviour has for you. I can work with you from either an abstinence or harm reduction model. I will focus on working with you to understand their relationship to the substance orContinue reading “My Approach to Problematic Substance Use and Behaviours”

What is the Default Mode Network (DMN)?

The Default Mode Network (DMN) is a system of connected brain areas that influences what you think about when you are not focused on a specific task. It can influence your pattern of reactions to social situations and what you think about yourself. It can be behind problems with rumination. There are ways to calmContinue reading “What is the Default Mode Network (DMN)?”

What is Gaslighting?

Gaslighting is a form of manipulation and psychological abuse that can be very damaging to the victim. It can appear in many aspects of life and can really affect your health and well-being. There are ways to recover from gaslighting. What is Gaslighting? Gaslighting is a form of psychological or emotional abuse that manipulates someoneContinue reading “What is Gaslighting?”

What is Reconciliation?

Reconciliation is the process of restoring harmony to a relationship. It is not a fast process but a slow one of renewing trust and intimacy. You may not be able to find reconciliation with every relationship as reconciliation takes two sides coming together with honesty and a willingness to work together to make the relationshipContinue reading “What is Reconciliation?”

Why Your Coping Techniques May Not Be Working for You?

You may find it frustrating when you do something that is recommended or are told that it will help you and it doesn’t work for you. There are reasons why your coping techniques may not be working for you. There are things that therapists sometimes do that can play into this. As well as barriersContinue reading “Why Your Coping Techniques May Not Be Working for You?”

What is Neuroplastic Pain and Why is it Treatable?

Neuroplastic pain is one of three main types of pain. It is the main type of pain behind chronic pain. It is just as real as the types of pain that are more based on structural issues, such as nerve damage or broken bones. There are ways to figure out if the pain is neuroplasticContinue reading “What is Neuroplastic Pain and Why is it Treatable?”

What are Grounding Techniques?

Grounding Techniques are strategies that can bring an overactive nervous system down. They are different ways of calming a nervous system. There are different types of grounding techniques. Not all of these work for everyone. You may need to try a number to figure out what works or combine a few of them to helpContinue reading “What are Grounding Techniques?”