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I Want To Change….I Think!? A Brief Exploration of Ambivalence

Ambivalence can make us feel torn between opposing thoughts or feelings. In the context of therapy, this is SO normal, but the experience can be preoccupying and exhausting!
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Connecting With Adolescents: A Guide For Parents

“People sometimes worry that if we offer comfort when children are upset, we are saying I accept your behaviour. What we are really saying is I accept your emotions.” - J. Milburn
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Connecting with others: the importance of what we don’t say – an introduction to social signaling

Our capacity to connect with others is key to our psychological health, and the way that we express our emotions is key to our capacity to form close relationships. Social signaling - non-verbal signs we convey to others - has a strong impact when it comes to forming and maintaining our relationships.
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What We Didn’t Expect When We Were Expecting

As parents we don’t need to be perfect to be enough - there is a lot of value in being a “good enough” mom. Kids don’t need perfect parents. In fact, there is some evidence that helicoptering over our children makes it harder for them to learn valuable lessons about independence and making mistakes. Kids...
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Why We Feel Fat and What You Can Do About It

You often hear people talking about feeling fat. But when you stop to think about it, fat isn’t actually a feeling. Joy, anger, sadness, and fear are all examples of emotions. So, why is it that so many of us use “fat” to describe a feeling and understand exactly what others mean when they tell...
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What to do when Perfectionism hinders our relationships?

There is nothing wrong with striving for excellence or having expectations, but what happens when you find yourself taking things personally, feeling depleted, or thinking you are a failure because you received feedback from someone? If your perfectionism is causing you to act or react in ways that negatively impact your relationships, there are strategies...
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Body Image In Sport

The relationship between athletes and their bodies can be a complicated one. Dr. Jodie Richardson's Body Image in Sport is an engaging and comprehensive look into this complex and sometimes difficult relationship. Jodie examines some of the facts about body dissatisfaction in athletes - causes and specific issues - and outlines an education plan based...
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Into the Unknown! Making Big Choices and Life Changes Part 2: A Song of Ambivalence and Uncertainty

Part 1 of this post about making big choices covered some key basics on the how-to’s of decision-making. Here in Part 2, Dr. Maryann Joseph invites us to come along for a deeper dive down into more process-level help for getting closer to a decision when we feel really stuck. 
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Boundaries

Our kids practice setting boundaries with us from a young age, to assert themselves through stages of growing independence, and also to learn what limits will be respected based on how we react. These transition times can be scary for parents, as we struggle with feelings of inadequacy,  loss or rejection. But when we handle...
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Pressure To Be Productive During The Pandemic And What To Do About It

Feeling overwhelmed by pressure to be more pandemic-productive? You're not alone. Longer isolation has meant more time spent on social media and more blurring of home/work life boundaries, resulting in mounting pressure to be ever more performative and compounding stressors in an already challenging time. Dr. Zhen Xu shares strategies for now, for how to...
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