In 1999 I thought I had breast cancer. I got the dreaded call that I had a mass in my breast and I would need to have a biopsy to find out if indeed I did. Being a very optimistic person, I thought well if I do I do. I can't change what has happened … Continue reading Are You Really Living?
The power of music is undeniable. Just a few lines in a song can transport us back to a particular time, place, and event in our lives. Research shows that those suffering dementia or traumatic brain injury who listen to familiar music from their past have triggered long, lost memories. This relationship between music and … Continue reading Music, Memory, And Therapy
Photo by Taryn Elliott on Pexels.com Growing up in a home with seven siblings, I somehow grew up under the false pretence that we all had very similar experiences and therefore would share many of the same beliefs, values, and memories. As the years went by, and we siblings grew older, we would often get … Continue reading Siblings In Separate Homes
Throughout my many years working as a psychologist, countless times I have often been asked the question by friends, colleagues, and clients :"Is this normal?" They may be referring to a variety of different things from a certain feeling they are experiencing, a reaction they may have had to a particular scenario, or a situation … Continue reading Is This Normal?
Photo by Snapwire on Pexels.com Gratitude is something that may not always be easy to feel or express, particularly of late. It seems that anytime we turn on television we are met with more tragedy and sadness, from pandemic updates, to killings in Nova Scotia, to major flooding in Fort Mc Murray Alberta, and most … Continue reading Gratitude In A Difficult Time
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com As a native Nova Scotian, my heart is heavy with sadness at the recent loss of 22 beautiful souls. In different times, pre-covid19, our grief was often mitigated by our grieving rituals. These rituals allow us to walk beside the grieving individual and share in their most intimate moments of … Continue reading Postponed Pandemic Grief
Photo by Melanie Wasser on Unsplash I am a wife, mom, grandma, educator and psychologist. The majority of my career has been spent working with kids and their families. I am one of those lucky people who has been able to have a 30 plus year career that I absolutely love! I have been so honoured and privileged … Continue reading Be Afraid And Do It Anyway
It isn't easy for some of us to practice being mindful when there are so many distractions around us , but the benefits make us happier and healthier people. As School Counsellors we need to practice being mindful in order to fully model the benefits and to teach others how to integrate mindfulness practices into their own … Continue reading Becoming Mindful In A World Full Of Distractions
We are excited to introduce you to our upcoming workshops and seminars that are available for your organization . Helen and Susan are able to customize presentations and all can be facilitated as a keynote, concurrent session or workshop. Helen and Susan are Registered Psychologists with years of practical experience and training and knowledge of … Continue reading Customized Presentations: Rethinking Ways To Better Your Community