How Are Strong Marriages Like Healthy Gardens?

June 1, 2017 by

This is a question that I often put to couples who attend the premarital workshops I present. I like the question because it requires what are called “higher order thinking skills” – a more effective way of engaging new information than simply receiving it in a rote learning format. The answers I receive to this […]

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Summertime Internet Safety

July 31, 2015 by

“Something is not right” Barb was sharing with her friend Jill over coffee, “Jessica is on the computer every night for hours, and when she is not on the computer, she’s on her cell phone.” Jill gave an empathetic groan, “I know what you mean, my daughter is the same.” “Yeah, but something is different […]

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Therapeutic Writing

September 18, 2014 by

As the counselling session was winding up, Jack’s counsellor discussed recommendations for Jack to follow up with before their next scheduled session together. “Jack, please read this handout, it relates to a number of the points we talked about in our session.” “Also, I would like you to do some writing.” “Writing?” said Jack. “I […]

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Children Anxiety Strategies (Part II)

November 12, 2013 by

In the last issue of Psychealth we were introduced to ten year old David who was experiencing anxiety in anticipation of returning to school. Three basic strategies to help David better cope with his anxiety were introduced: the expression of feelings, controlling self-talk and practicing courage by facing one’s fears. In this issue I will […]

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Anxiety Management Strategies for Children

July 8, 2013 by

Below are a few basic strategies which can be taught to children to help them better manage their feelings of anxiety. 1. FEELINGS – teach children an emotional vocabulary. Children with anxiety often keep their fearful thoughts and feelings to themselves. In this situation, Ashley could help David express his feelings more frequently. This expression […]

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