A New Community Service for First Responders and CF Members

A friend of mine who is a therapist in Kitchener/Waterloo came up with a wonderful idea that, in her own small way, addresses the gaps in service for First Responders (Police, EMS, Firefighters) and Canadian Forces Personnel. While these folks notionally have access to psychological service through their employers, the ethos and stigma associated with asking for help makes it difficult to obtain what they require.

It Bears Repeating

I wrote a post a few years ago about This Time of Year and I thought I would re-post because I still really like it.

Warning, it ‘aint your average Christmas Happy.

This Time of Year, is weighted with a nearly inconceivable number of expectations, traditions, possibilities, hopes, tragedies…it just doesn’t stop. It is exactly that weight (and its impacts) I wish to discuss.

Owning it

Today I want to talk about the importance of ownership in relationship. By relationship, I mean all sorts, intimate, business, parental, friendships, even enemies for that matter. By ownership, I mean identifying and communicating the role we play in an event or relationship interaction.

Start From the Basics

A client today reminded me that self-care is all well and good but if you are spending your time knitting and doing yoga instead of eating and sleeping, the knitting and the yoga will not do you much good.

Self-care has to start from basic needs and work up, out and along from there.

Self Care

I have found myself using the phrase “Self Care” frequently lately. Mostly I use it when I am writing to the administrators of the employee assistance plans I work for, asking for authorizations for sessions for new clients. I say things like “client has insufficient resources for self care” or “client’s self care is minimal”. I thought it would be a good idea to describe in more detail what that means and why it is important.

What My Dog Taught Me

I realize that there are t-shirts with titles like this but I couldn’t think of anything better. I was going through my private Facebook pictures and realized nearly everything I post has something to do with my dog. That got me to thinking about how important she is in my life and how many good things she brings. Sharing that seemed like a good idea.

One For the Boys: Why Therapy is Manly

I have received several requests from my male identified readers for something that speaks directly to them. So, here goes…

WARNING:  This post contains stereotypes. I know not every man relates to what I’m writing here but I’m speaking to those who do. I also know that this may speak to some women.  So, ignore it if it is not relevant and change or eliminate gendered words as you see fit.  Okay, enough qualifying.


My practice has been nominated under the counselling category for a Readers’ Choice Award in the Milton Canadian Champion, our local news paper. I’m very pleased and moved about that.

Thanks mystery nominator :).


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