Surviving the Loneliness of the Holiday Season

The holiday season is all joy and lights and gifts and love….Or so we’re meant to believe. But, often, the reality of this time of the year can be quite different. In fact, feelings of loneliness during the holidays are incredibly common. We’re made to expect a magical, joyous experience, often leading to disappointment when…

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How to Choose the Right Therapist

There’s been a strong transition over the past decade – particularly thanks to social media – towards open discourse on mental health. Thankfully, the stigma associated with therapy is finally starting to erode. However, there is still one major, overwhelming hurdle that confronts most people once they’ve decided to seek for help: How to choose the…

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Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change

A dear friend gifted me Pema Chodron’s book Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change. I recently found myself gravitating towards this book during a period of difficult emotions. I landed on the quote below: “Acknowledge the feeling, give it your full, compassionate, even welcoming attention, and even if it’s only for a few seconds, drop…

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The Danger of A Single Story

“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”- Chimanda Ngozi Adichie In this Ted Talk Nigerian author Chimanda Ngozi Adichie talks about the danger of a single story; a message that is relevant to…

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Demystifying the Couples Therapy Process

The most common questions I get when first meeting with couples are, “What will couples therapy be like?” and “Can you help us communicate better?” Underneath these questions are often concerns that a therapist will take sides and leave one member unheard, that therapy will exacerbate the problem or lead to a break up. Worries…

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Mindfulness meditation exercises for beginners

I often incorporate mindfulness and meditation into the work that I do with clients. It has been shown effective in combating symptoms of anxiety and depression. Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment, observing thoughts and feelings that arise without judging them as good or bad. For those just starting out it can…

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One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.

- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.

- Carl Jung

Why Saying is Believing: the Science of Self-Talk

How often do you find that you put yourself down by speaking negatively about your appearance, performance or ability? Such thoughts could be “I’m not good enough”, “I’m useless”, “I’ll never get the job that I want”, “I’m a bad parent”. This NPR story looks at how using self talk can impact the way we…

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