Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Celebrate Women

Written By: Dr. Gloria Lee, Registered Psychologist My mom’s birthday happens to fall on International Women’s Day, March 8. How befitting. When I think about her life journey, she has really paved the way for the women in my family. Mom is the eldest of 11 children. She grew up in poverty. Because of life […]

How to Celebrate Women Through Self-Care

Written By: Dr. Nardeen Awadalla, Registered Psychologist What does celebrating women look like? If you are a woman, how do you celebrate yourself? If you are a person that cares about a woman, how do you celebrate her? International Women’s Day recognizes the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. We can all agree […]

Me Time For Us: How Self-Care Can Save Your Relationship

Written By: Gary Hayre, MCP, Registered Clinical Counsellor The holidays have just passed and with Valentine’s Day coming up, there’s a good chance you haven’t had much time to focus on yourself. There can be lots to do for others, so you may sometimes forget about what you need. When you neglect your needs, this […]

A New Year, A New Connection With Your Kids

Written By: Heather Aikman, Registered Clinical Counsellor The beginning of the year is a great time to set new goals and improve on different areas of your life. Being a “better” parent may be one of these areas. It’s not easy being a parent these days. There are a lot of competing demands between work, […]

4 Ways to Actively Listen…Like A Therapist!

Written By: Isabel Bleim, MCP, Registered Clinical Counsellor Active listening is the first lesson that all therapists learn. It cultivates a relationship of safety, trust, and care. In your everyday life, knowing how to actively listen can deepen your connection with loved ones. Can you think of people who you like but don’t feel comfortable […]

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 […]

Overcoming Your Negative Thoughts in Relationships

Written By: Dr. Gloria Lee, Registered Psychologist Do your negative thoughts create self-fulfilling prophecies in your relationship? Do you often think of the worst-case scenario that causes unnecessary worry? You are not alone in this. The human brain is designed to look out for danger and protect itself. Negative thinking is our default setting. Because […]

How to Choose the Right Therapist

Written By: Albert Kwok, MEd, Registered Clinical Counsellor Recently, I’ve had some new potential clients wanting to chat and see if we’d be a good fit for counselling. These conversations typically offer a chance for you to ask any questions about your potential counsellor’s experience, qualifications, and more importantly, to see if you feel safe […]

4 Communication Styles that Lead to Failed Relationships

Written By: Leah Liu, Registered Clinical Counsellor Recall your previous failed attempts at communicating. Are any of the following phrases familiar? Partner B: (Looks down, avoids eye contact)  Partner A: “Are you listening to me? Hello?”  Partner B: (No response) In his book, The seven principles for making marriage work (2015), relationship expert, Dr. John […]

Sleep 101: Exploring the Power of Sleep

Written by: Heather Aikman, Registered Clinical Counsellor  Does sleep feel elusive at times? Do you remember the last time you woke up feeling refreshed and ready to start your day?  There is a sleep deprivation epidemic happening in our society. Research indicates that two thirds of adults in developing countries do not get the recommended […]