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Finding Support and Healing Through Counselling Services in Ottawa

By Yoshie Martinez | March 22, 2024

In today’s fast-paced and demanding world, facing various challenges can take a toll on our mental and emotional well-being, which is not uncommon. Thankfully, some professionals specialize in providing guidance, support, and healing through counselling services.  The Ontario Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre is a trusted resource for individuals, couples, and families in the Ottawa area,…

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Couples Therapy Toronto: Strengthening Relationships and Restoring Love

By Yoshie Martinez | March 14, 2024

Maintaining a healthy and loving relationship requires significant effort and commitment in today’s fast-paced and demanding world. Couples often experience challenges, conflicts, and difficulties that can strain their bond.  In such instances, seeking professional help through Ontario Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre couples therapy in Toronto becomes vital for revitalizing the relationship. Located at the heart…

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Psychotherapy in Toronto: A Comprehensive Guide

By Yoshie Martinez | March 7, 2024

Psychotherapy is a form of mental health treatment that is used to address a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, and relationship problems. At Ontario Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre, we are dedicated to providing our clients with effective psychotherapy services that help them cope with these challenges and move towards a more fulfilling…

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Family Counselling in Ottawa: Strengthening Relationships and Building Deeper Connections

By Yoshie Martinez | March 2, 2024

Are you struggling with conflicts and challenges within your family dynamics? Would your relationships benefit from professional guidance and support?  Ontario Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre offers comprehensive family counselling services in Ottawa and the surrounding areas. Our team of experienced therapists is dedicated to helping families navigate through difficult times, enhance communication, and build stronger…

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Navigating Life with Toxic Shame

By Khrystyna Yevstakhevych | December 26, 2023

Do you struggle with a pervasive sense of unworthiness or feeling fundamentally flawed, affecting your self-esteem? Are you experiencing constant self-critical thoughts and a harsh inner dialogue? Do you find yourself setting unrealistic standards and experiencing anxiety or self-disapproval when falling short? Living with toxic shame can be an overwhelming and isolating experience. It is…

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Compassion Fatigue

By Stephanie Rackus | December 25, 2023

Compassion fatigue and burnout are some of the downfalls that can be experienced by people working in the helping profession. As a nurse, I have often used those terms interchangeably to help describe some of the stressors that I have experienced from caring for patients and families. As a counselor intern, I have realized that…

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The Window of Tolerance

By Samantha Willette | December 24, 2023

What is the Window of Tolerance, and what does it mean for me? Sometimes it can feel as though our emotions are the one’s behind the driver’s seat. So many things we encounter in our everyday lives can bring about a wide variety of emotions. When we experience stress or we feel triggered, being able…

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Attachment Theory

By Hannah Izzard | September 5, 2023

What is Attachment Theory, and what influence does this have? Children grow up to have different forms of relationships and bonds with people throughout their lifespan. Much of this can be explained by understanding their relationships early on with their parents. Attachment theory is an important concept within the domain of developmental psychology as it…

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What is gaslighting? Is someone gaslighting you?

By Lina Bellony | August 22, 2023

“Gaslighting” has become one of the most popular psychological terms recently. But what does it indeed mean? According to Psychology Today, gaslighting is an insidious form of manipulation and psychological control. It often occurs in abusive relationships; it is considered a covert type of emotional abuse in which the target is misled by creating false…

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History and Use of Expressive Arts in Counselling

By Julia Jeffery Garza | July 28, 2023

What are the expressive arts in counselling? Expressive arts in counselling combine psychotherapy and the creative process. They allow for non-verbal self-exploration, expression, understanding, and emotional connection. They accomplish these through: The use of artmaking or self-expression to facilitate non-verbal communication and emotional processing The use of artmaking or self-expression through metaphors, symbols, expressive use…

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By Lina Bellony | April 18, 2023

What are boundaries, and how to implement them?  In the modern day, the term boundary has been globally popularized and is now more than ever part of various conversations. However, what is the definition of this word, and how can we apply it in our life? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a boundary indicates or…

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Grief and How to Live With It

By JP Normand | April 11, 2023

Grief is a natural and normal response to loss. The death of a loved one can cause it, the end of a relationship, the loss of a job, a home, or even a pet. Grief can also be caused by a significant change in one’s life, such as a move or a change in health.…

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Facts and Myths about Grief and Techniques for Coping with Loss

By Julia Jeffery Garza | April 11, 2023

Grief is a natural response to loss. Many of us who have lost loved ones can relate to that gut-wrenching, overwhelming feeling of pain that seems to have no end in sight. For all who experience this, Grief is a deeply personal journey with no defined timeframe. It can also disrupt our health by impacting…

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Abandonment Anxiety

By Jiaqi Zhao | January 23, 2023

Abandonment Anxiety – by Jiaqi Zhao Recalling your current or past relationships, do you need to control or be controlled by your partner? Do you feel anxious and stressed in a relationship and need frequent praise and reassurance?  Do you tend to feel insecure without knowing why and thus stay hyper-vigilant? If the above sounds…

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How is Your Sleep Quality Affecting You?

By JP Normand | January 2, 2023

Unbeknownst to most people, sleep quality affects their daily productivity. Many things affect it, and many ways to work towards restoring restful sleep. The first thing to do is look at our sleep quality and hygiene. Do you have a good sleep? Do you have a sleep hygiene routine that allows you to fall asleep…

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Self-Care and the Holidays

By Katerina Roman | January 2, 2023

When many of us think of the holidays, we think of a time we have been looking forward to all year. For many of us, this time might include warm gatherings with friends and family, delectable meals, time away from the office, gorgeous decorations, and time to relax and self-care. This all sounds like a…

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Self Compassion

By Aisley McCarthy | September 12, 2022

What do you think of when you hear the word self-compassion? Does it feel familiar or distant from your life? Self compassion sounds simple when we say it out loud to ourselves, but it can be quite difficult in practice. I am willing to bet that many of those who are reading this post struggle…

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Heading Back to The Office

By Katerina Roman | August 29, 2022

After over two years of living with the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies are beginning to expect their employees to returning back to the office whether that be five days a week or partially working remotely from home with some days back to the office. However, some people may be finding this rather daunting or anxiety…

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How to Nurture the Inner Child

By Alicia Shameer | March 22, 2022

Oftentimes, trauma can keep us at the age we experienced it. This may be your inner child telling you that there is something that needs to be healed and nurtured within you. When growing up, our caregivers may not be there in the way that we need them to be. Whether it is making you…

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Missing People Over the Holidays

By Jenna Dekoster | December 8, 2021

With November coming to a close, holiday cheer is ramping up…for some. However, at this time of year many individuals experience complex emotions (when missing people) that are less socially accepted. Missing People Brings Up Emotions Expressions of anger, sadness, & grief in particular, receive a bad “wrap” (pun intended), and are often encouraged to…

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