The Naturmend Blog

Great Tips for Healthy Living

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
why-couples-fight

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
Boundary setting

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
Internal Family Systems

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

My 4 Favourite Words

Have you ever felt like somebody was telling you something that happened to them, you were just checking in on how they were, and they told you a kind of crappy story? Did it feel like you needed to fix their problem? Truth be told, they probably don’t need you to fix their problem and likely... Continue Reading

The Power of Collaboration

A few years ago I recall a conversation at Naturmend with myself, a Naturopathic Doctor and a Holistic Nutritionist. We are all a bit stressed, and all dealing with it in the ways we knew best. As a psychologist I was focused on reframing my thoughts and plenty of self-care. The ND was supporting... Continue Reading

The importance of putting yourself first

In this Mindful Moments blog post we are looking at the importance of putting yourself first. A few weeks ago, a colleague complimented me on prioritizing my time and energy, and asked me why I was protective of this. I had to think for a moment before answering her. I do try to put into practice... Continue Reading