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The Acculturated Families

“Since we arrived, his behaviour changed. He is always on his phone commenting and checking other girls’ photos, he told me that I needed to lose weight to look ‘sexy’. He never helps me around the house but he expects...

The Loneliness of Mental Illness

You are at an intimate party of 30+ friends, having engaging conversations with people you have known forever. Despite being surrounded by friends who seem to enjoy your company, you feel utterly alone. If this is a familiar feeling to...

Why High Self-Esteem Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be

You might have looked at the title of this article and thought “but wait, isn’t working on achieving high self-esteem an important part of therapy?”
 
The answer to this query, from an Acceptance and Commitment based therapy perspective, is no. You...

After The Heartbreak

We all have experienced heartbreak at one point or another in our lives. Some people leave the situation that caused the heartbreak while others stay for valid reasons, but regardless of our decision heartbreak is one of the most difficult...

I am….

 
I am….
Kind, compassionate, fun, organized, energetic, creative….
I am…
A loser, ugly, a failure, depressed, worthless, a burden….
I am…
A girl, a boy, a mother, a father, sister, brother….
 
 
I sometimes ask my clients to finish this statement, “I am…”.  The answers above are...

Effective Communication

Many clients that I have come into contact with have seemed to struggle with a very basic relationship skill – communication. This seemed to pose a problem for them with developing and maintaining healthy relationships. It has become apparent to...

Helping our Children Heal through Divorce/Separation

Moving Past the Pain
 
Children can show the impacts of divorce/separation in a variety of different ways. Some children will act out in anger. Others may experience sadness. Sometimes our children can withdraw, or at other times they may pretend as...

Barriers to Acceptance

Acceptance is a powerful tool. It enables us to let go, to move forward, to refocus, to feel empowered, and perhaps most importantly, to find a sense of peace within our own reality. That being said, acceptance is a word...

I Need to Get Motivated

“I need to get motivated.” We have all heard of that phrase before. We have likely even said a version of it to ourselves. During many points in our life, we often find ourselves stuck – or even perhaps frozen...

Job’s Friends and Jesus Weeping: Ways We Block Intimacy Part II

Job 2:11-13; John 11:32-36
 
Another way that we block intimacy is by judging and blaming others. Rather than looking at ourselves and taking responsibility for creating what we want or don’t want, we focus on others and how they need to...