I had the incredible opportunity recently to attend a workshop by Cynthia Whitehead-LaBoo, PhD, called, “Super Sized: Living large in a small minded culture”. Ms. Whitehead-LaBoo is the Associate Director for Clinical Services at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a Licensed Psychologist, as well as … [Read more...] about Living Large in a Small-Minded World
Being in my forty-first year, I can finally start relaxing about the whole ‘motherhood question’. I am glad to say that for the most part, people have stopped asking me if and when I am going to have children. I am a happily-married (13+ years!) woman who consciously decided not to be a mother and I feel … [Read more...] about To Mom or Not to Mom: That is the Question!
One of my greatest heroines, Jann Arden, is a true-blooded Canadian prairie girl with innumerable talents. To sum up: she has released 11 highly-acclaimed albums; has had 17 Top Ten singles, including the concert favourites, I Would Die for You, Could I Be Your Girl and Insensitive; and has won 8 Juno … [Read more...] about Falling Backwards with Jann Arden
Recently, I was having the proverbial “bad day”-the usual kind we women tend to have- overworked, tired, stressed, no time to myself, and to top it all off- a good dose of PMS. I wanted to be loved, nurtured, and told “It will all be okay honey” by a good friend, but none of my good friends were around to coo … [Read more...] about Would I be Friends with Myself?
I admit, I am in the mood for reading lately and I have not been let down by the self-help sections of my local bookstore. Actually, this book came to me via a dear friend whom I told about my last great read about people-pleasing and how to stop it. This book should actually be in the ‘humour’ section of the … [Read more...] about The Power of NO!
A very wise client of mine recently told me about a very helpful book she’d read called, “The Disease To Please: Curing the People-Pleasing Syndrome” by Harriet B. Braiker, Ph.D. And being the studious and curious therapist that I am, I ran out and got a copy and have not been able to put it down! While … [Read more...] about Recovering from the ‘disease to please’
As a psychotherapist, I am asked every day by clients how they can forgive people for horrible things that were done to them. Sometimes, the stories of abuse are so horrific, I truly wonder if they can ever be forgiven. To be perfectly honest, I’m not so sure that we even have to forgive people for terrible … [Read more...] about Letting Go of the Past
Recently, I’ve been hearing a lot of stories from clients about how unhappy they are in their present circumstances, and if only they could have more money, land a better job, move somewhere more exciting, find the right partner,__________(fill in the blank), life would be oh-so-much-better. I am really good … [Read more...] about Wherever I go, There I Am