Therapy Speak – What “Codependent” really means

One psychological term that has entered the popular vocabulary is “codependent”. On social media, this term often describes someone who is overly invested in their relationship, having gotten to the point where they “need” their partner.  Often, the popular use of this term implies that any reliance on your partner for emotional support and stability […]

Simply Social Media – Adolescents

Depression and anxiety are a relatively common mental health concern and rates are only growing, especially among the young. Considering the parallel growth of social media use and these mental health concerns, a lot of people have been looking into a link between them.  Although it is very difficult to prove causation, studies have linked […]

Simply Parenting – Adolescent Anxiety – Part Two: What can you do?

“When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it’s our job to share our calm, not join their chaos.” L.R. Knost At the outset it is important to understand what happens in the body when we experience anxiety. In part one, we talked about how anxiety evolved to keep us safe. Part of that evolutionary […]

Simply Parenting – Adolescent Anxiety – Part One: Understand

Anxiety, especially among adolescents, is at an all-time high. For parents and young adults, understanding how anxiety functions, and strategies to address it, are the first steps to a less anxious future. The first thing to understand is that anxiety is a natural psychological and physiological phenomenon. Anxiety evolved to keep us safe from danger. […]

Our Natural Negativity Bias – It takes work to be positive

“The brain is like Velcro for negative experiences and Teflon for positives ones.” Dr. Rick Hansen Do you find that you tend to focus on the negative aspects of life? Whether it’s negative aspects of yourself, others, situations, or even negative versions of the future, you’re not alone. In fact, research has shown that, as […]

Living in a paradox during a pandemic

Thank you for joining me for this week’s blog! This week we address the “elephant in the room”. Living through this pandemic is challenging – for so many reasons. Is it possible that a few months ago all we wanted was some time off, to spend with family, or take a break from our hectic […]

Helping one another: Some essential tips

Thank you for joining us for this week’s blog. Last week we focused on a new service we are offering to our clients: occupational therapy. This week we wanted to shift back to an important issue that we must be mindful of during the pandemic: how we can look out for and help one another. We […]

Social Distancing & Isolation: Staying Healthy Physically & Mentally

Thank you for joining us for this week’s blog. During our last blog, we focused on gratitude, something that we can all be practicing more often during these difficult times. A week later, and we find ourselves continuing the fight for safety by isolating and social distancing ourselves. To put it bluntly: Things are weird right now.   […]

Gratitude in a Pandemic

Thank you for joining us for this week’s blog. The last blog we did focused on hope, and now we want to focus on something else very timely right now: gratitude. We find ourselves in the middle of a world-wide pandemic fearing for our own or our loved one’s safety. How perfect that we now discover, […]

Diving into the New Year: Hope

Thank you for joining us for this week’s blog. Welcome to 2020 and Happy New Year! (Yes, we realize it’s March!) How is it March already? It’s a strange feeling – it seems as though February went by so fast, but on the other hand, it felt like January lasted a year! It’s interesting how […]