Navigating Life with Toxic Shame

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

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

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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What is gaslighting? Is someone gaslighting you?

“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

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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Boundaries

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

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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Abandonment Anxiety

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 affecting you?

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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