Teach Rather Than Criticize

A significant factor in both relationship satisfaction and individual mental health is the individual's perceived level of criticism. More criticism = less satisfaction. So how we frame criticism, whether to a child, a spouse or a work colleague, matters. The good news is, a simple switch in perspective and language can make a big impact. Instead [...]

By | July 15th, 2014|0 Comments

Tips To Help Children Deal With Bullying

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Most people have been teased at some point in their lives, so what is the difference between teasing and bullying and what is the big deal? When the teasing is meant to be harmful, becomes repetitive and begins to have a negative impact on the person being teased, it crosses [...]

By | October 15th, 2013|0 Comments

What Your Therapist Wants You To Know

Check out my quotes in this slideshow on Healthgrades "13 Things Your Therapist Wants You To Know." My quotes were taken from this top 10 list of what I believe is important for you to know before beginning therapy. 1. It’s okay to shop around. The relationship with your therapist is a significant part of therapy, [...]

By | July 18th, 2013|1 Comment

When Pressure Can Backfire

High school final examinations have just passed and a client was recently talking about his experience. Previously, he was a perfectionist who studied nonstop, put a significant amount of pressure on himself and felt that anything less than an A grade was a failure. These challenges have been a primary area of work within his therapy. [...]

By | February 5th, 2013|0 Comments

The Benefits Of Mixed Emotions

"Emotional ambiguity can be difficult in the moment, but embracing it over time reaps greater rewards than a blanket "think positive" approach. Negative experiences are inevitable, and a coping strategy that accommodates nuance can mitigate the psychological damage of sadness and help people find meaning and value in life - even at the worst times." Friedman, [...]

By | January 10th, 2013|0 Comments