“Everything Happens for a Reason”

We’ve all heard people say it. We might have thought it ourselves. But what do we really mean when we believe that “everything happens for a reason”? Is it a harmless form of wishful thinking that provides comfort and reassurance when times are tough? Or, is there something potentially problematic in endorsing this sentiment? When…

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The Secret is Out: Exposing the Imposter Phenomenon

Imagine this: after months and months of hard work, you have been accepted into the incredibly competitive graduate program you’ve applied to. Or, after countless applications and draining interviews, you’ve landed your absolute dream job with a prominent and influential company. You’re thrilled – what a relief! You can’t wait to get started. All’s well…

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Staying on Track: Setting Successful Resolutions for 2016

As 2015 is quickly coming to a close, many of us are likely thinking of how we want to start the New Year. After the excess and indulgence that so often accompany the holiday spirit, it can feel especially important to make changes. Many of us, however, can identify with the feeling of failure when…

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Keeping the Joy in the Holiday Season

While the holidays can evoke thoughts of happiness and joy, sharing and caring, the preparation can also bring negative emotions, such as frustration, worry, and even fear at the never ending list of things to do. Some of the basic tenets of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) may help in escaping the overwhelming crush of…

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Righting the Ship: What to Expect from Couple’s Therapy

Making the decision to work on your relationship through couple’s therapy can be difficult, and for most people, there are a lot of questions about what to expect. This article will attempt to demystify the process, and address three of the most common concerns that couples have coming into therapy. 1. It’s about figuring out…

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Spring Mental Health Tips for Halifax Residents

As the weather is finally starting to feel like Spring, Haligonians are slowly but surely emerging from hibernation. After the rough winter we’ve endured, it seems as though many of us are still feeling its effects, both physically and mentally. In light of Mental Health Week, it is important to remind ourselves of the psychological…

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Talking with Teens

By: Madeleine Stobbe, RCT-C, CCC Adolescence can be a challenging time for both teens and families. It’s a time of not only physical changes, but cognitive, social, and emotional development as well. This may take the form of spending more time with friends and less time with family, pushing boundaries, and experimenting with new behaviours.…

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5 Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Weight in 2015

By Suzanne Farmer, Psychologist (Cand. Reg.) Do you make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight every year? For many of us, losing weight can be difficult, but maintaining a healthy weight is even more of a challenge. Consider these 5 things to help maintain your healthy weight goals in 2015: 1. Losing weight requires…

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