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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

The Emotional Peaks And Valleys Of The Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us and with that may come a multitude of thoughts, emotions and feelings. These may change from moment to moment, day to day, week to week. The most important thing to remember as they come and go, is to simply honour how you are feeling. What does that mean exactly?... Continue Reading
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Putting Self-Care First

How often do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed with more to-do’s than hours in the day? With hustle-culture and the glorification of busy being the hallmarks of our social system, it’s no wonder! It’s been refreshing to see a surge of companies, practitioners and influencers singing... Continue Reading
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3 Reasons to be PROactive about your health

When I am trying to decide on what I want to blog about, I recall conversations that I have had with my clients. Firstly, I have the privilege of working with some amazing people, and every one of them has provided me with motivation, inspiration and support, and for that I thank them.... 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
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3 Ways to Kick Depression to the Curb

1. Move. It doesn't matter how far, or how fast you go, but moving will make a gigantic difference for your depression. I won't bore you with the details, but moving gets all those happy chemicals in your brain going. We want this different brain activity! Plus, moving usually gets you out of the... Continue Reading