When meeting with new clients, one of the first things we talk about is support systems. Do they have one? ?Does it include a self-care plan? ?Do they feel that they deserve to take care of themselves? When thinking about self-care, I’m thinking about the things that we do that help us to stay grounded, … Continue reading The Art of Self-care or How Full is Your Cookie Jar?
In Canada, Remembrance Day will be marked this Wednesday, November 11. Due to Covid-19, ceremonies of remembrance will be different this year–no parades, no gathering at local cenotaphs, curtailed (if any) events at Legion branches. And yet, I wonder if the events of past wars are more relevant to us this year than any other … Continue reading Musings on Remembrance Day and Covid-19
People who know me, are aware that I’m an avid wool spinner and knitter…but when I’m talking about “I’m Spinning…” in this post’s title, I’m not talking about the wool I’m playing with because of extra time at home, I’m talking about my head. All the rapid changes that are happening are mind-boggling! Last week, … Continue reading I’m Spinning…and So Is Everyone Else
Bringing this one back from the archives – with the cold weather that’s blasted through Ontario recently, we’ve all gotten a reminder that the holidays are coming. The holidays can be a time of joy as well as a time of stress. Do you have a plan for your own holidays? As I write this, … Continue reading From the Archives – Ready for the Holidays?
In last week’s post, we explored the specific parts of the Caregiver’s Journey–the beginning, middle and end stages–what can be expected at each stage and ways to cope.? Today, we’ll specifically look at the burnout that can be experienced by some caregivers.? What are the risk factors?? How do you know if you’re feeling burnout?? … Continue reading The Caregiver’s Journey–Part 2
For anyone who has had to deal with a troublesome nearby resident, they can understand the truth in the old saying “Good fences make good neighbours.” Just as a fence is a physical boundary that allows for privacy and controlled interactions, emotional boundaries do the same.? In this post, we explore the wonder that is … Continue reading Boundaries Are Your Friend
I wasn’t very gifted when it came to high school geometry.? The logic evaded me, and I couldn’t see the point of learning how to prove that right-angled triangles were “right-angled”. However, if my Grade 10 math teacher had told me that triangles were linked to relationships, I would have been very interested! In a … Continue reading Triangulation: The Trouble With Triangles
Being part of a family (no matter how many people it contains) can be confusing. One of the things I love about therapeutic theories are that they can be explained in graphic detail. Just like taking the red pill in the Matrix, once you understand the concept, you can’t go back! ?You see the dynamics … Continue reading Part of a Family? Welcome to a Mobile!
About 18?years ago, when I first discovered Elaine Aron’s book The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You?(1999) I realized that I had been given a tremendous gift. Growing up, I’d often been told that I was “too introverted and sensitive”. These conversations left me feeling that there was something wrong … Continue reading Book Review: The Highly Sensitive Person