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Love, Soul, and Material Spiritualism

By Angela Cara | February 21, 2022

“Jung said that the soul itself is fundamentally oriented toward life–the soul, he said, is the archetype of life–while the search for meaning or the quest for higher consciousness has some other root. The soul finds its home in the ordinary details of everyday life and does not in itself have an urgent need for…

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MONEY & TRAUMA

By Angela Cara | February 7, 2022

I quite like Kimberly Johnson’s self-awareness and teachings & this is a topic that I am very passionate about. If you know me, I always like to start with Focusing, which means asking ~ “What sensations or images arise when my close my eyes and sense into my body around money?” From there, let the…

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The Problem with Empathy in Teens: supporting friends AND holding personal boundaries

By Angela Cara | January 30, 2022

It’s not uncommon that I work with people who identify as empaths. Many remember when they were a teenager that they had friends who are struggling and leaning on them for support. Receiving trauma stories can be traumatic in and of itself…especially when the young listener is asked to keep it a secret. If you’ve…

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the thing about thoughts

By Angela Cara | January 30, 2022

The thing about thoughts is that they aren’t feelings. I have great respect for so many therapeutic orientations that are analytic, especially the depth psychological approaches, which have traditionally been more cognitive in nature. I also have great respect for thoughts, words, and words strung together thoughtfully. But, it was not until I began guiding…

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I picked a word for 2022. Did you?

By Angela Cara | January 21, 2022

It’s been said that feelings last 90 seconds. Anyone who has spent time making consistent contact with their inner experience knows that’s probably about right. Feelings are not something solid. They’re made up of energy, and tend to shift quickly when we can be present with them. We can also get stuck in them when we’re swept off…

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Psilocybin in Psychotherapy

By Angela Cara | October 18, 2021

I’d love to share a little bit about something beautiful that I have had the pleasure and privilege of being involved in ~ legal, end-of-life psilocybin journeys. The first two journeys I sat were with Bruce (in the photo above)… one was featured in Vice (last November: https://www.vice.com/en/article/4adw4w/canada-is-allowing-people-with-depression-to-do-psychedelic-mushrooms) and on CBC (https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1865904707679). The next was…

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The Erotic As Power

By Angela Cara | October 10, 2021

Audre Lorde reads the essay “Uses of the Erotic: the Erotic as Power” … one of the most important essays of the 20th century. She talks about eros, “the personification of love in all it’s aspects” – “the lifeforce of all women … that creative energy empowered, the knowledge and use of which we are…

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A Moment of Focusing

By Angela Cara | October 3, 2021

Hi! I’m Angela, and I offer in-person, telehealth sessions and walk-and-talk therapy. I am a strengths-based, person-centered, depth psychotherapist who provides therapy to adults who are seeking support in healing and growing through various life challenges. I’ve been a therapist for a decade and so I’ve worked at St.Paul’s, clincs and treatment centers in the…

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Francis Weller on Grief & Soul Hygiene

By Angela Cara | May 13, 2021

“This massive darkness makes us small. Not having practices to move through grief keeps us small. I consider grief a threshold. When we step across that threshold and enter the room of grief then we enter the room of grief, it has a way of opening up the rest of our lives. When we suppress…

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Focusing on a New Year

By Angela Cara | January 4, 2021

It’s that time of year that everyone’s on fire with setting intentions! “I will love myself more.”  “I will exercise more.” “I will eat healthier.”  I don’t know about you, but I’ve always found that any attempts at self-discipline later turn into an unkind voice when I don’t show up in the way I’d wanted to.   So these days I ask myself, am I banishing other…

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