Don’t Worry, Be Happy

It's a good thing that almost all of us worry.  Think of it as a built-in alarm device. When it's used wisely, it alerts us to danger and prompts us to navigate our way through a maze of solutions to life's various problems. We need to think through our...

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) was once thought to be a fairly rare but serious mental problem.  Specialists saw it as serious mainly because the behaviour of a person with this disorder appears quite abnormal to other people.  Approximately 1 in 40 people...

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Codependency

Codependency is recognized by the destructive behaviors, attitudes and feelings which are directly linked to the way we were brought up. Families are described as dysfunctional when the needs of the parents are so overwhelming that the task of raising...

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Grieving

Grieving - Our Heartfelt Response to a Major Loss Grieving is a process of experiencing our reactions to loss.  It is similar to mourning. The term bereavement means the state, not the process, of suffering from a loss. Normal grieving is an expected part of the...

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Depression

Everyone feels sad from time to time.  It's only natural.  Most people go through blue days or normal periods of feeling down, especially after they experience a loss.  But what specialists call clinical depression is different from just being "down in the...

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Social Anxiety

Ask people what they fear the most and many of them will say "speaking in public".  In surveys which ask people about their fears, about one person in five reports extreme fear of public speaking.  Shyness and other forms of social anxiety are...

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Self-Esteem

The thoughts we have about ourselves, or how we define ourselves, contribute to our self-image. The feelings we have about these thoughts, whether these feelings are good or bad, are the building blocks of our self-esteem. Our self-image, and...

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Forgiveness

The Nature of Forgiveness Forgiveness is not a way of forgetting the past.  Indeed, if we have been harmed, we should not forget it.  We can learn from the past about how to avoid being harmed in the future.  Nor is forgiveness a way of exonerating the perpetrator....

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Body Image

Body image refers to your personal relationship with your body. This includes all of the beliefs, attitudes, thoughts, feelings, and perceptions you have about your body. It does not refer to what your body actually looks like. Our body is one of many aspects of who...

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Making Life Changes

Why do people seek help from a psychotherapist? Psychotherapy helps people in many ways. For some, it is a way to understand themselves better. For others, it helps to find meaning in their lives. Some have a definite problem they want to address (like, “Is my job...

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