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Optimism leads to a longer, healthier life…

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude” (Maya Angelou). Optimism is a significant component of sense of coherence as it relates to a general sense that all things will work out and a reasonably expectation that…

Cultivating Choice: Drop by Drop until the Cup Overflows

Aligning with trauma informed practice principles, choice is a luxury for many. When we come to a challenge with confidence, enthusiasm, and optimism (high sense of coherence),  we have a greater ability to view stimuli objectively and are more likely act in ways that…

Perfectionism: The Pressure to Perform

A recent meta-analysis of over 40,000 college students from North America and the United Kingdom found that perfectionism, whether self/socially/or other prescribed is on the rise, especially among our younger generations (Curran & Hill, 2019). Societal pressures are further compounded by professions with idealized…

Going Back to Move Forward

Using EMDR, CBT, and other exposure techniques (on our own or with another) to reduce stress When we fall into states of fight-flight or freeze, we cannot objectively work through difficult thoughts and resulting emotions, often leaving them unresolved, fuelling the same old cyclical…

Developing our self-compassionate muscles…

Kristin Neff, a seminal researcher on Self-Compassion, developed a short and affirming exercise called the self-compassion break (2019) and it is a favourite of mine. For this adapted exercise, you begin by closing your eyes and recalling a person or event that is triggering…

Find a home where you can shine brightly…

… like a diamond, pressed down time and time again, until all that is left is a powerful gem, shining for all the world to see. May you take this journey, fully and deeply realizing that the path that led you to today, the…

Brains that Thrive

Follow the Clues: Anxiety and Depression Between unresolved trauma and biological imbalances, dropping into the inner space to self-soothe can be too painful, making it difficult, and for some even impossible, without an intervention. We all have unique needs. Some people may resolve much…

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