Using EFT – Emotion Focused Therapy – to learn how to identify deep-down emotions, embrace them, and move forward healthily

Life is not all roses and cucumber sandwiches. We experience conflict with our friends, loved ones, our co-workers and anyone in between. But we can’t just – in the words of Marge Simpson, “take our bad feelings and push them down all the way past our knees” and pretend they don’t exist. When used in an appropriate, healthy way, fear and anger help us make sense of a difficult situation and determine the best course of action. For our ancestors, ...

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Quote from Dr. Peter Levine’s book – In an Unspoken Voice

A person who is deeply feeling is not a person who is habitually venting
anger, fear or sorrow. Wise and fortunate individuals feel their emotions
in the quiet of their interiors, learn.from their feelings and are
guided by them. They act intuitively and intelligently on those feelings.
In addition, they share their feelings when appropriate and are
responsive to the feelings and needs of others. And, of course, because
they are human, they blow up from time to time; but ...

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Postpartum Depression

Approximately one out of eight women will suffer from postpartum depression. Research has found that effective screening for associated symptoms is often complicated by limited access to struggling women, mothers’ presentations as “put together”, and difficulties disclosing symptoms as a result of feelings of embarrassment, guilt, resentment and worries that their concerns will be dismissed. Moreover, the symptoms of postpartum difficulties are often ambiguous as a result of the overlapping symptoms within the realm of normal postpartum adjustment.

Mothers struggling with ...

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Eating Disorders – Our Approach

The Therapy Centre employs a multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment of disordered eating and eating disorders. We work closely with a client’s team including physicians, dieticians, psychiatrists or other health care providers. We use evidence-based and innovative therapeutic modalities, including:

  • Family-Based Therapy – Designed primarily for adolescents, FBT empowers parents to take an active role in their child’s recovery and in the families’ recovery from this illness.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CBT works to address thoughts, feelings, ...
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Dealing with Insomnia

Approximately one in seven Canadians have problems going to sleep or staying asleep, and thus is considered to have insomnia. Research has found close ties between insomnia and stress, chronic conditions such as arthritis that involve pain, anxiety and mood disorders, frequent use of alcohol or cannabis and obesity. These co-morbid relationships can be complex and it can be difficult to understand the cause and effect relationship. Insomnia can significantly interfere with an individual’s daily functioning and substantially affect quality ...

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Time to be Mindful about Mindfulness

Are you mindful about mindfulness in your life?

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them as good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.

Mindfulness helps individuals to:

  • Recognize, slow down or stop automatic and habitual reactions.
  • Respond more effectively to complex or difficult situations.
  • See situations more clearly and generate more ...
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Helping Parents Build Their Child’s Emotional Intelligence

How to help your child build their emotional intelligence

Recent child development theory focuses on the importance of children being connected to their emotions to foster good overall mental health. Healthy emotional development can positively influence relationships, behavioural problems, and school achievement. Emotion coaching provides a set of guidelines parents can use to help their children to become more emotionally aware and eventually self-soothe.

There are five main steps in emotion coaching:

  • Attend to the emotion;
  • Identify and label the emotion, i.e. “I can ...
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