How Secure Attachment Builds Resilience

Enhance Your Well-Being and Quality of Life So, what’s the big deal about secure attachment? “Attachment” has become a buzz word and everyone’s trying to figure out what kind of attachment they have. In general, humans have an innate need for secure attachment. That is, we have a need for consistent and responsive caregiving to […]

Do you normalize mistreatment?

You might and not even know it Do you have a loved one (e.g., partner, parent, friend, family member) who does or says things to you that you don’t like, but you don’t do anything about it? Do you excuse their poor behaviour by saying things like, “Sometimes you have to look beyond the behaviour […]

How Digital Literacy Can Support Women’s Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Written By: Isabel Bleim, Registered Clinical Counsellor The theme for International Women’s Day 2023 is “DigitALL: innovation and technology for gender equality.” There is no question that technology plays a crucial part in our everyday lives. And there is no doubt that a digital divide exists between the haves and the have-nots. The pandemic demonstrated […]

How to Beat Insomnia

Written by: Dr. Michael Mandrusiak, PsyD, Registered Psychologist An Insomnia Story Demi is a fast-paced professional who juggles work and family and still manages to stay on top of her game.  A recent and exciting career change is nothing unusual for her, but three weeks into the new gig she experiences three nights of difficulty […]

How to Take the Stress Out of the Holiday Season!

Written By: Dr. Gloria Lee, Registered Psychologist As you are prepping for the holiday season, some of you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the hustle and bustle of this month. You’re busy buying and wrapping gifts, baking cookies, attending office parties, showing up for your kids’ Christmas concert, putting up Christmas decorations, […]

Weather Getting Cold? Let’s Warm up with Connection!

Written By: Dr. Nardeen Awadalla, Registered Psychologist What do you picture when you think of winter? Getting up on a cold, gloomy, dark, morning dreading the weather outside? A lot of people experience a negative shift in their mood and motivation when winter comes, and feelings of loneliness can increase. Now try picturing this; a […]

How To Cope with the Winter Blues?

Written By: Leah Liu, MCP, Registered Clinical Counsellor How’s your autumn been so far? Although the warm weather and the sun have stayed with us much longer this year, the days are nevertheless, getting shorter and shorter, and the darkness and cold are coming! Are you ready for winter? It is common for some of […]

Why Do We Grieve When Someone Famous Dies?

Written By: Dr. Gloria Lee, Registered Psychologist In light of Queen Elizabeth II’s death last month, I’ve been asked the question, “Why do I feel so sad that she died? I didn’t even know her.” Grieving over someone who is famous, like the Queen of England can feel weird. You never knew her personally and […]

5 Steps to Sit with Your Emotions

Written By: Gary Hayre, MCP, Registered Clinical Counsellor When something upsets you, how do you deal with it? Do you tell yourself things like, “I don’t let it bother me”, “let’s just move past it”, or “it is what it is” Maybe you ignore it and try to pretend it didn’t happen. Or you distract […]

Excessive Worry and What to do About it

Written By: Dr. Michael Mandrusiak, Registered Psychologist A Worry Story You are sitting at the dinner table having spaghetti with a family member. The person across from you is describing a funny incident from their day as you take a bite of a tomato-sauce-covered meatball (or veggie ball, if you prefer).  A tangy aroma wafts […]