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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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Good Grief: We need to stop hyper-labelling our experience and start actually experiencing!

By Angela Cara | December 27, 2020

“Grief is subversive, undermining the quiet agreement to behave and be in control of our emotions. It is an act of protest that declares our refusal to live numb and small. There is something feral about grief, something essentially outside the ordained and sanctioned behaviors of our culture. Because of that, grief is necessary to…

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What is a Registered Clinical Counsellor?

By Angela Cara | December 11, 2020

Registered Clinical Counsellors are those registered with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). There are many counselling diploma certificates which can provide an understanding of therapeutic theories and tools. There are various requirements for various forms of registration. At the moment, anyone can use the terms “counsellor” or “therapist”; however, what you can…

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How Long Does Therapy Take?

By Angela Cara | December 11, 2020

In my experience, people often say that they feel at least a little bit lighter even after the first session. As everyone will have different intentions for the work, you will not be limited by any number of sessions.  Most clients attend weekly sessions ongoingly until they have integrated the shifts they receive in session…

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Taking a Walk on the Dark Side: an article by Bruce Tobin

By Angela Cara | December 4, 2020

For those interested in the Psychedelics in Psychotherapy movement, I’d like to share with you my friend & teacher Dr. Bruce Tobin’s paper about how it could be the greatest enthusiasts for psychedelics, not skeptics, that get in the way of the success of Psychedelic Renaissance 2.0: “Research to date shows that many patients require…

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Am I a Culturally Competent Therapist?

By Angela Cara | December 4, 2020

Apparently therapists rate themselves higher than their clients rate them when it comes to cultural competence. I’ve done lots of therapy training focused on sociocultural awareness and the importance of social advocacy. But I think that how we hold ourselves in the work shows immediately in how we honour the relationships that are forming and…

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Beginning the Journey of Undoing Racism

By Angela Cara | November 24, 2020

In Episode 16 I speak with Emmy Chahal, an international yoga teacher, intuitive healer and workshop facilitator, asking her how she might explain systemic racism. Emmy is passionate about the topic of dismantling colonialism and identifying radicalized trauma so I am excited I got her on Shakti Stories to talk about this, as it’s a…

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How to Choose a Therapist

By Angela Cara | November 15, 2020

When I entered therapy training in 2007 I had never seen a therapist! People in my program would ask “So common, what’s your trauma? You must have something!” The truth is that we all have many somethings, but at the point in which I entered grad school I really didn’t identify in any way with…

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What is The Felt Sense?

By Angela Cara | November 1, 2020

“The Felt Sense is a special kind of internal bodily awareness … a body-sense of meaning” (Eugene Gendlin, 1981). The Felt Sense has been used by various somatic psychologies to the point that I’ve noticed some people use it now without any reference at all to the person whose life work it was to name…

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Don’t Expect a Diagnosis

By Angela Cara | October 21, 2020

If you are looking for a diagnosis of “Major Depression”, this is the job of a Psychologist (a therapist who has registered as a Psychologist after obtaining a PhD in the field) or Psychiatrist (a Medical Doctor who has done further training in Psychology). Though we therapists will likely notice patterns organizing around a diagnosis…

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