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#1 Tool for Self-Care for Parents in a Pandemic

On Tuesday, May 26 at 12 noon I’ll be presenting a webinar the #1 tool for success in parenting in a pandemic. (Register here for this free one-hour webinar). This webinar will help parents help their children. But what about parents themselves? Being at home under quarantine or isolation with... Continue Reading

Rekindle the Romance: How a Clinical Counsellor Can Help

“You are the one you’ve been waiting for” This is the startling title of a book about relationships by Richard Schwartz, the founder of Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy. The title of Dr. Schwartz’s book tells us that when we have a healthy, intimate relationship with ourselves, we... Continue Reading

Holiday Angst: How to Handle Unsolicited Advice from Relatives

The holidays are a time when many families get together with the unspoken hope that they can achieve a happy family holiday. These holidays are also a prime time for helpful relatives to give free advice. “You should get a boyfriend. You’re running out of time to get married, you... Continue Reading
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Why Couples Fight

  The pattern in the fight. Most couples have just one fight. Their fight has a pattern, and this pattern simply moves from one disagreement to the next disagreement in the relationship. Getting to the bottom of this pattern is the way to break the cycle of fighting. ‘Intimacy From... Continue Reading
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How To Set A Boundary

What is a boundary? A boundary is an expression of what I want, and what I don’t want. One of the trickiest aspects of setting a boundary is figuring out what we, ourselves, want or don’t want. There are three habits that can make this difficult: Many of us have been conditioned to... Continue Reading
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New Psychotherapy Offering: Internal Family Systems therapy

Do these people sound like anyone you know? Margot complains that she’s only attracted to men who are bad for her. Susan can’t stop herself from yelling at her kids. Kim can’t control her eating. Roger’s mind goes blank every time his boss walks in. Bob swears he’s... Continue Reading

How to Apologize

An apology is the most effective way to repair a rupture in close relationships. In attachment theory, a rupture occurs when we feel disconnected from our loved ones. A feeling of disconnection can result from something simple, like our loved one not answering a question we ask. Being ignored... Continue Reading

Listening Partnerships: An Answer to Parenting Stress

Our mental health and our physical health are interconnected. The Naturmend team includes two mental health clinicians because we recognize the importance of the body-mind connection. Today we present a way to decrease the mental stress of parenting. Parenting is hard! Do you ever feel like a... Continue Reading