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I failed….$%*!

In this eye-opening blog, Connecte clinical psychologist Dr Amber Labow explains how common cognitive biases that can fuel our fear of failure, and looks at ways we can move away from mindsets created by those biases... and embrace failure instead! Read on and find out why.
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Accepting Our Parents

Dr. Simcha Samuel invites us to take a thoughtful look at ways our past experience informs our present, and how recognizing and accepting our own parents' fallibility can help us more fully accept ourselves in our own roles as parents.
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Emotional Validation vs. Gratitude: Are They Incompatible?

When faced with a situation where our feelings are mixed, emotional validation and gratitude are two responses that can be seemingly at odds...but are they really? Therapist and PhD/PsyD Candidate Nada Kadhim explores how the two can actually go hand in hand to reflect a truer, more helpful understanding of the emotions we experience.
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Time for change: thriving through stressful academic transitions

For many, summer represents a stress-free pause before getting back to the regularly scheduled program. However, for some, the summer before a major transition is rife with anticipatory stress. Dr. Stephanie Correia introduces a few key points to consider if you are supporting a student or if you are navigating an academic transition yourself!
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Punishment: why do we use it and what can we do instead?

Many of us come from an upbringing where punishments were common, and we have been taught that using punishments is the main way to discipline a child or correct behaviour. But is it really the best way? Dr. Vanessa Kurdi want us to reconsider what we know and think more deeply about why we reach...
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How Do I Respond To My Child’s Worries?

How best to respond when your child feels anxious or worried? Should you crack a joke to distract them? Reassure and say there’s nothing to worry about? Protect them from the source of their distress by avoiding it? Intuition often leads us in those directions, but the best strategies may be ones that help our...
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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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