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What Makes us Laugh (When We Feel Like Crying)? Cultivating Safeness with Compassion Focused Therapy

In her thoughtful and reflective blog, Dr. Leanne D. Rondeau looks through the compassionate lens at the connection between laughter and our emotional healing, health and well-being.
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Better Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Dr. Tobey Mandel offers us a a crash course on OCD that simply and deftly breaks down the cycle's key features, and discusses how therapists can use their understanding to help identify and address what's really going on behind the scenes of an OCD cycle.
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Validation

Validation is a term we hear more and more these days, and in therapist Candace Kensley's work with couples and families, it is something that comes up in almost every session. What does it mean, why is it important, and how can we use it to build better relationships? Let’s talk about it!
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Social support: Breaking down the why, the what, and the how

Social support plays a monumental role in creating, maintaining, and promoting health. In fact, we know from the literature that it is a protective factor against several physical and psychological health problems. Read on for more on why we need it, what it is and how to get it.
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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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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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