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    Self Care as treatment for stress/depression/anxiety

    December 12, 2017

    Everybody is talking about “self care” these days, and for good reason. How you do self care strongly affects your mental and emotional health. I say this a lot…”If you want to FEEL differently, take a close look at your THOUGHTS, and your BEHAVIOURS”. It’s a tightly woven threesome; your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours all […]

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    Learn how to embrace your anxiety

    June 11, 2017

      Who does anxiety affect? Anxiety Disorders affect 12% of Canadians in any given year: 9% men; 16% women. What are the common symptoms of anxiety?  Chest pain/palpitations Shortness of breath Excessive sweating Dizziness/feeling light-headed Excess energy/feel like you can’t relax Racing mind/thoughts Trembling/shaking Heightened fear (e.g. fear of being in public/alone/heights/others, etc) Excessive worry […]

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    Feel it, Name it, Breathe: Regulating Your Emotions

    June 7, 2017

    Information enters the brain through our senses.  When information is overwhelming or stressful, instinct takes over.  Instead of choosing a response, we become reactive.   The three most common reactive tendencies are flight, fight and freeze.  Emotional self-regulation is a cornerstone of emotional intelligence and foundational in developing mental wellness. Strategy:  Feel it, Name it, Breathe […]

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    Emotional First Aid

    May 3, 2017

    Do you have a first aid kit? I’d bet you probably do. Why wouldn’t you? After all, we’ve all been taught from a young age to be prepared for potential accidents. Most of us have experienced first-hand the benefits of having quick access to things like gauze and bandages. Often times, that kit is the […]

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    Teaching Teens about Love: A Parent’s Guide

    December 19, 2016

    Teaching Teens about Love: A Parent’s Guide There’s no love like first love. That’s why there are so many films, books, television shows and other forms of mass media centered around the dramatic, intense and all-consuming experience that is teenage love. Given that even the most emotionally stable adults are constantly challenged by the ups […]

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    Adding Fun to Your Marriage: The quickest way to happiness

    November 14, 2016

    It’s Summertime! The sun is warm, and somehow our troubles seem smaller. What if we could bottle that feeling? What if we could bring that summertime attitude to our relationships year-round? WE CAN! If you’re stuck in a rut of negativity, or your marriage has had an icky moment, it can be discouraging; you can’t […]

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    Money, Money, Money: Teaching Teens to Budget

    September 2, 2016

    “Mommm can I have some money?” If you have a teenager, chances are you hear this on an almost daily basis. It’s not uncommon for parents to complain that they feel like nothing more than an ATM to their teenager, constantly being asked for money to buy anything and everything. This continual bombardment can not […]

  • Dr Sue Johnson awarded the Order of Canada

    July 6, 2016

    Press Release – July 4, 2016 Dr Sue Johnson has just been awarded the Order of Canada. This is the highest civilian award given by the Canadian Government for Outstanding Achievement, Dedication to the Community and Service to the Nation. Sue was given this award in recognition for her paradigm shifting, innovative work in couple […]

  • Helping Families Heal

    May 15, 2016

    By Philip Classen, Ph.D., C. Psych., RMFT & Diane Marshall, M.Ed., RMFT For trained marriage & family therapists psychotherapy is always a family affair. Family therapists deal with a great variety of clients: some come as individuals, some as couples, some as families; clients here in Ontario come from a huge range of nationalities, ethnic groups, and […]


    Sitting with Sadness: Teaching our Children that Negative Emotions are Okay

    November 20, 2015

    You find out you didn’t get the promotion you wanted. Maybe your best friend moved away or your long-time pet passed away. How do you cope with the sadness that you inevitably will experience in those moments? As a parent, it’s hard enough to experience your own sadness, let alone watch your child experience it. […]

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    Parent Prevention Plan

    September 23, 2015

    Parent Prevention Plan: How to start the school year off by putting out family fires before they begin The start of the school year in September is sort of the “New Year’s” of families. Everyone wants to start fresh and is determined to make this year better than the last. Hope and motivation are high. […]

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    How To Talk to Children About Separation

    September 2, 2015

    Telling children that their family will no longer live in the same home is one of the most difficult parts of ending a marriage or relationship. There’s no easy way to do it, but there are definitely better and worse ways. How and what you say is definitely dependent on the age of your kids. […]