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    Creating Purpose, Fuelling Passion: Goal Setting 101

    January 15, 2015

    Do you find yourself setting goals for the New Year only to neglect them completely by the following week? How many times have you said “This is the year I get fit, save money, make a career change, invest in my relationships…?” The list is endless and yet most people find it nearly impossible to […]

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    A New Year

    January 3, 2015

    A new page on the calendar has been turned. 2015. Wow. The beginning of a new year is often heralded by a cacophony of voices clamoring for change, willing that this year will be different. I want to join that chorus but with a slight twist. Rather than call for dramatic change that will somehow […]

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    Resilience in an Unpredictable World

    November 26, 2014

    The world can often feel like a very scary place. When you consider some of the heartache and turmoil that families face on a regular basis (violence, abuse, alcoholism, illness, loss, just to name a few) it can feel as though life is full of despair and hopelessness. Despite the dark realities of life for […]

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    Eco-trauma Resilience

    November 19, 2014

    I had the opportunity to interview Sally Ludwig, MSc, RMFT on the scope of her breakout session on Eco-trauma. What you will read below is an account of our conversation. Sharon: Sally, I wonder if you could provide the context of how eco-trauma came into your awareness? Sally: Sure. From my colleagues at the Guelph […]

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    Restoring Hope in Couples Affected by Addiction

    November 17, 2014

    This week is National Addictions Awareness Week – a week to raise awareness about the impact of addictions on individuals, families and communities. Almost 5% of Canadians meet the criteria for substance use disorder[1], and more than half of these individuals are also coping with mental health concerns.[2] Substance use problems or behavioural addictions such […]

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    Reducing Families’ Self Blame During Times of Adversity

    November 11, 2014

    As family therapists we have the advantage of systemic thinking. It liberates us from categorizing and pathologizing. Families who face adversity often blame themselves and/other family members. They think in terms of “what’s wrong with me?” This blaming compounds the problem even more. It is a waste of energy that could be utilized to find […]

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    Intergenerational Effects of the Holocaust in Survivor Families

    November 6, 2014

    As I’m writing this blog, Toronto has launched its 2014 Holocaust Education Week. Public reaction to this historical time remains high and emotionally charged. Not only is it an example of universal obscenity, but it continues to evoke reactions in us all. Its effects are not over. And our imaginations go to its families: families that appear to […]

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    Life can be different from how you are currently feeling!

    October 23, 2014

    What Are the Signs of Depression? Below is a list of the common signs of depression: Depressed mood Loss of interest in activities Changes in appetite or weight change Disturbed sleep Changes in activity (speeding up or slowing down) Fatigue or loss of energy Feeling guilty, self-blame Decreased ability to concentrate or make decisions Loss […]

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    Our Family Secret

    October 17, 2014

    With all the discussion this month on mental health, I couldn’t help but reflect on the importance of this issue.  I have to start off by expressing gratitude for the fact that we are finally talking about this topic and beginning to remove the veil of shame that still keeps too many individuals in the […]

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    Manage Emotional Eating

    October 9, 2014

    WHAT IS EMOTIONAL EATING? We don’t always eat to satisfy hunger.  We also eat to relieve stress, find comfort and seek reward.  Eating to soothe emotions never resolves the issue, and in fact, makes us feel worse as we add regret, guilt and shame to the mix.   ARE YOU AN EMOTIONAL EATER? Do you […]