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Focusing on a New Year

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

"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 ...
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What is a Registered Clinical Counsellor?

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. ...
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How Long Does Therapy Take?

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 ...
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Therapist Self-Disclosure

A friend asked me the other day whether it was normal that her therapist told her that she came from a past of addictions in her family too. I wasn't sure how to answer. I asked if it was more ...
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Taking a Walk on the Dark Side: an article by Bruce Tobin

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 ...
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Am I a Culturally Competent Therapist?

Apparently therapists rate themselves higher than their clients rate them when it comes to cultural competence. I did my Therapist training at the Alder School which focused a lot on sociocultural awareness and the importance of social advocacy. I also ...
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Beginning the Anti-racism Journey

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 ...
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Focusing on a New Year

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 parts to the shadow with this goal ~ My inner child? ...
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Good Grief: We need to stop hyper-labelling our experience and start actually experiencing!

"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 the vitality of the soul. Contrary to our fears, grief ...
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What is a Registered Clinical Counsellor?

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 know is that those registered with the BCACC hold Master's ...
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How Long Does Therapy Take?

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 into their lives. Short-term work is helpful when you are ...
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Therapist Self-Disclosure

A friend asked me the other day whether it was normal that her therapist told her that she came from a past of addictions in her family too. I wasn't sure how to answer. I asked if it was more than a sentence or two and she said "no". I asked if it felt it was said in a way that she was indicating she ...
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Taking a Walk on the Dark Side: an article by Bruce Tobin

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: https://www.psychedelicpsychotherapy.ca/taking-a-walk-on-the-dark-side "Research to date shows that many patients require more than one psychedelic session for optimum treatment results. ...
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