As adult children, forging an independent identity while maintaining a loving relationship with our parents can be challenging. A fundamental component of this delicate balance is setting boundaries. Boundaries allow us to communicate our needs and limits, fostering mutual respect and understanding. Here are some insights and steps on how adult children can effectively set…

Intimacy and Meaning “You are the intimacy and meaning you seek.” It’s the need to protect and control that prevents us from being real. Without the willingness to be vulnerable, to be without defenses, to be open to whatever arises, we cannot discover the meaning and intimacy within ourselves. Meaning and intimacy are often sought…

The Joys and Realities of First-Time Motherhood   Welcoming a new baby into the world is a magical experience, brimming with excitement, love, and anticipation. The first coos, the tiny fingers grasping yours, and the indescribable bond you feel from the moment you hold your child are moments to cherish forever. However, amidst the joy…

Unconditional Positive Regard (UPR) is the foundation of Person-Centered Therapy (aka Rogerian Therapy), an approach to counseling that originated with Carl Rogers in the 1940s and 50s during his work as a clinical psychologist with children right here in Rochester, NY!  When practicing Rogerian Therapy, it is the therapist’s job to listen well, ask a…

    In today’s society, anxiety among school-aged children in Canada has become a significant concern. Recent studies indicate that approximately one in seven children aged 4 to 17 years old experience mental health issues, with anxiety disorders being one of the most common emotional issue in children. The pressures of academic performance, social dynamics,…

Your child has just been diagnosed with ADHD, and you’re likely experiencing a whirlwind of emotions. Fear, anxiety, and perhaps even guilt may be overwhelming at first, but there’s a big positive side to this diagnosis. It means that your child can receive the care they need through evidence-based programs, and you, as their caregiver…

“My mother always told me I wouldn’t amount to anything because I procrastinate. I said, ‘just wait.’” ~ J. TenutaAround 20% of Americans (more men than women & many young people) struggle with chronic procrastination. There are several negative side-effects (e.g., health issues, decreased self-esteem, negative consequences etc.) and truly – most people who procrastinate…

“I’ll see your passive-aggressiveness and raise you a sweet-genuine”. ~ Unknown To talk about Passive-Aggressiveness we need to start with a simple definition of the 3 primary ways people behave and/or communicate. I’ve always thought of these as a clock (I hope this metaphor makes sense to you): • Passive behavior/communication (which shares many similarities…

It is characteristic of the emotions of the very young infant that they are of an extreme and powerful nature. ~ M. KleinI’ve always appreciated Object Relations Theory (ORT) however it’s one of “those” theories – so stick with me (and you might have to read this post twice to understand it . ORT comes…

Grief Therapy for Indigenous Peoples   The history of First Nations in Canada is marked by layers of intergenerational trauma, stemming from centuries of colonization, forced assimilation, and systemic injustices. This trauma is not just a relic of the past but continues to affect new generations through psychological, social, and cultural channels. The emotional reactions…

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