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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

Let your no mean yes

In this first Mindful Moments blog post we are talking about self-care and how to let your no really mean yes. More often than I would like to admit, I find myself getting caught up being too busy and feeling the weight of overwhelming busyness pushing down on me. These are the times when I... Continue Reading

Introducing Mindful Moments

We're excited to introduce Mindful Moments with Karyn Zuidhof, our Registered Psychologist here at Naturmend. Mindful Moments is a series of featured blog posts on living a more mindful life; one of self-acceptance, truth and authenticity. Each post will focus on owning who you are as an... Continue Reading

Tips to conquer insomnia

Today we look at how to conquer insomnia and some tips on how to get you back into a normal sleeping routine. Sleep is a basic brain function which means that we should all be able to get the rest we need. Unfortunately for many of us sleep does not come easily. The good news is that poor sleep is... Continue Reading

3 Reasons Pokemon Go is Good for your Boyfriend (or you).

I went out with a friend for dinner last week, and we both bemoaned the fact we’d fallen in love with men who were playing Pokemon Go – even though they’re just playing to “see what the craze is”. While we both are rather unlikely to pick up the game ourselves, we had to concede its... Continue Reading