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Turning Our Worst Critic into an Ally: Self-Compassion and How to Cultivate It

Why is being kind to ourselves harder to do than being kind to others? Why is it so hard to give ourselves a break? What it means to be self-compassionate, and how we can put it into practice, are things we will explore in this blog post on the ins and outs of self-compassion.
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“I want to feel better but it’s hard to change”: Exploring ambivalence – the relationships edition

For many, although part of us wants to change, another part of us has a hard time imagining doing things differently. In her blog on Exploring Ambivalence, Dr. Maeve O'Leary-Barrett looks at the value of paying attention to ambivalence with a special regard for how it relates to difficulties in our relationships.
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To Do or to Be?

What does “being” versus “doing” look like?  How can this be explained? In her blog To Do or To Be, clinical psychologist Leanne Rondeau shows how the Guided Discovery experiential exercise from Dr. Paul Gilbert, founder of Compassion Focused Therapy, can help us understand the difference.
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Disappointing Others: It Has to Happen Sometimes

We can't always say 'yes'... in fact 'no' is not only sometimes necessary but also, a good answer. Dr Lisa Linardatos discusses people-pleasing, boundaries and the discomfort at the root of our avoidance when it comes to letting other people down.
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“Treatment Resistant Teens”: Making Therapy Work for Adolescents

Exploring and understanding reasons for a teen's reluctance to therapy - from fear of judgment, pride, or feeling forced by an adult, to prior negative experiences in therapy, disinterest, or confusion about the process - can help prevent mislabelling teens as treatment resistant. Dr Amanda Plokar shares pointers for parents to consider that can help...
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Blame

“It’s your fault… no, it’s your fault… no, it's your fault…” Does this blame game sound familiar? We have a tendency to assign fault to ourselves or others, for things that go wrong both inside and outside of our control.  But is it always helpful, or even accurate? Dr. Amber Labow urges us to look...
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What’s the point of talking about my past in therapy anyway?

“Why do I have to talk about my past when I’m dealing with a present problem that is causing me so much pain and suffering? Can’t you just give me tools to help me get rid of these feelings so I can feel better?” Connecte clinical psychologist Dr. Krista Pratte walks us through what emotions...
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Can Staying Home From School Help a Student?

School is where young people form relationships and learn lessons that will impact their futures but for children and teens in some situations, going to school can also be a major stressor. Can taking a break be a help or a hindrance to their well-being? Short answer: it depends. Dr. Sara Colalillo takes a look...
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The Kid You Have Versus The Kid You Expected

This is an intimate and beautiful observation from Connecte psychologist Dr. Simcha Samuel which speaks directly to the tender and complicated parental journey of discovery that happens between ourselves and our kids.
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What is my child’s behaviour telling me? The Circle of Security as a roadmap for understanding and meeting your child’s needs

Stéphanie Correia introduces us to The Circle Of Security, a great tool for parents and caregivers to better understand children's attachment needs as they navigate the world around them. Mapping the flow between a child's dual needs for independence and safety, this beautifully mindful approach helps parents find the sweet spots for responding to those...
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