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    Parents: Stop Over Functioning!

    March 3, 2015

    Are you feeling more stressed, tired, or worried about your child’s life than she/he is about their own life? Do you do for your children what they are perfectly capable of doing for themselves? You are probably over-functioning! In fact, if you are a parent, period, you are probably over functioning. OVER FUNCTIONING I’ve learned […]

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    Empathy in Relationships

    February 26, 2015

    There is a lot of confusion these days regarding the meaning of the word empathy and how empathy can be demonstrated in a relationship. Oftentimes we hear of a comparison between empathy and sympathy, which regards the latter as a less heartfelt response to a situation or to a partner’s feelings. I am not quite […]

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    Teaching Teens about Love: A Parent’s Guide

    February 19, 2015

    Teaching Teens about Love: A Parent’s Guide There’s no love like first love. That’s why there are so many films, books, television shows and other forms of mass media centered around the dramatic, intense and all-consuming experience that is teenage love. Given that even the most emotionally stable adults are constantly challenged by the ups […]

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    Change Your Partner (Just in Time for Valentine’s Day!)

    February 12, 2015

    Valentine’s Day invites us to think about love and relationships, perhaps more than any other time of the year. Whether single or coupled off, we are reminded of the deep longings within each of us. Here are some of the core longings we share as human beings: To be seen completely, for all that we […]

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    Ending Blame and Defensiveness

    February 5, 2015

    (How to Have the Shortest Argument ever) “We always fight over the dumbest little things” “I don’t even remember how it started” Often, conflicts over something very small are then fuelled by blame and defensiveness and blow up into a full-blown argument. The original problem gets lost because we have added so many layers of […]

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    Letting go of the past: how to keep moving forward

    January 29, 2015

    We sometimes get stuck in angst or resentment about something painful that happened in the past.   It could be anything from an argument with a sibling or a betrayal of trust, to a lost love or the death of a loved one.  Fixating on the past keeps us from fully living in the present…and it doesn’t change the past. Although […]

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    Resolutions or Regrets?

    January 22, 2015

    A friend of mine recently proclaimed he was making no New Year’s resolutions. He had decided that over the years he seldom kept any of them up for any decent amount of time therefore there wasn’t much point making them. He would only regret it later, he said. I nodded, and pondered on all the […]

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    Creating Purpose, Fuelling Passion: Goal Setting 101

    January 15, 2015

    Do you find yourself setting goals for the New Year only to neglect them completely by the following week? How many times have you said “This is the year I get fit, save money, make a career change, invest in my relationships…?” The list is endless and yet most people find it nearly impossible to […]

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    A New Year

    January 3, 2015

    A new page on the calendar has been turned. 2015. Wow. The beginning of a new year is often heralded by a cacophony of voices clamoring for change, willing that this year will be different. I want to join that chorus but with a slight twist. Rather than call for dramatic change that will somehow […]

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    Resilience in an Unpredictable World

    November 26, 2014

    The world can often feel like a very scary place. When you consider some of the heartache and turmoil that families face on a regular basis (violence, abuse, alcoholism, illness, loss, just to name a few) it can feel as though life is full of despair and hopelessness. Despite the dark realities of life for […]

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    Eco-trauma Resilience

    November 19, 2014

    I had the opportunity to interview Sally Ludwig, MSc, RMFT on the scope of her breakout session on Eco-trauma. What you will read below is an account of our conversation. Sharon: Sally, I wonder if you could provide the context of how eco-trauma came into your awareness? Sally: Sure. From my colleagues at the Guelph […]

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    Restoring Hope in Couples Affected by Addiction

    November 17, 2014

    This week is National Addictions Awareness Week – a week to raise awareness about the impact of addictions on individuals, families and communities. Almost 5% of Canadians meet the criteria for substance use disorder[1], and more than half of these individuals are also coping with mental health concerns.[2] Substance use problems or behavioural addictions such […]

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