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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is Couples Counselling Right for Us?

Written by: Dr. Gloria Lee, Registered Psychologist  How do you know if you and your partner need couples counselling? How does it help and what does it entail?  I get asked this question a lot. Just you asking this question tells me that you’ve considered couples counselling because the problems you are experiencing are beyond […]

Gratitude: Does It Live Up To The Hype?

Written By: Isabel Bleim, Registered Clinical Counsellor  Have you ever wondered if the claims about gratitude are exaggerated? Can gratitude really help your physical and emotional wellbeing? Well, it depends.  Do you implement gratitude daily? How do you interpret the small kindness others show you? If the answer is a resounding yes, then the claims […]

Why Do You Lie?

Written By: Dr. Gloria Lee, Registered Psychologist Most of you may think that you are an honest person. But research shows that the average adult lies 1 to 2 times a day and is lied to 10 to 200 times a day.   The psych-illogical thing is, none of us want to be lied to, […]

A New Year, A New Beginning

Many of you may be grateful that 2020 is over. You are ready for better days, to conquer the world and make up for lost time. However, when I reflect back on 2020, I remember the year with (some) fondness. Here are the top lessons that 2020, the year of COVID-19 has taught me. Like […]

What’s the Difference Between a Psychologist and a Counsellor? What do I need?

Do I need a Psychologist or a Counsellor? This is a question I am often asked.  The short answer is, it depends.  But first, it would be helpful to summarize the similarities and the differences between the two. Counsellors / Therapists: Psychologists: So if you are seeking an assessment for a mental health diagnosis, it would make sense to see a […]

The Biggest Mistake that Clients Make

After 20+ years of seeing clients, I’ve come to recognize the biggest and most common mistake that clients make. They want a quick fix to their problem and feel better right away. In other words, they want the band-aid approach to counselling. Understandably so, as none of us want to experience pain and suffering. This […]