What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)? I like this overview of Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) from verywellmind.com: Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that helps people learn how to identify and change the destructive or disturbing thought patterns that … [Read more...] about What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and How Can it Help me?
In my on-going search for ways to lower anxiety and achieve more inner peace, I keep stumbling upon a concept called Box Breathing. I decided to delve in by learning its purpose, trying the practice and now it is officially my 'go to' when I'm feeling stressed and anxious. It works incredibly well, is easy to … [Read more...] about Box Breathing
I was working with a male client recently who has a very difficult in-law to contend with. I kept reminding him that her behaviour towards him wasn't personal which he found helpful. He shared an acronym with me he had learned about in a business seminar called QTIP which stands for: QUIT TAKING IT … [Read more...] about QTIP- Quit Taking It Personally
This is my busiest time of year. Why? Because a lot of people are feeling really blue and they don’t understand why. They come to me feeling desperate in the hopes that I will help them get their “pep” back. Living here on the “Wet Coast” predisposes many of us to seasonal depression, otherwise known as … [Read more...] about Three Easy Steps to Minimize Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
My New Formula for Becoming Happier My husband and I own an old house which was built in 1910 (see photo on right). When we bought it over five years ago, we had extensive renovations done including new light fixtures. We bought what we thought were the appropriate bulbs with the right wattage and suffered … [Read more...] about How Can I Make Myself Feel Happier?
I was recently in session with a highly anxious client who kept saying "What if..." such and such were to happen? As she came up with increasingly scary imagined scenarios, I could sense her anxiety skyrocketing. That's when I decided I had to 'peel her off the ceiling' and work with her to calm herself down. … [Read more...] about Turn WHAT IF into WHAT IS
As many of you know, I am an anxious person and always have been. Such is often the fate of Highly Sensitive People (or HSPs). I'm always looking to find new and effective tools to both reduce my own anxiety and to pass onto my anxious clients. I've written about this topic previously and you can check them … [Read more...] about Rewire Your Brain From Anxious to Calm with These Exercises
During a recent session with a client who struggles with anxiety and depression, I introduced the concepts of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to help her alleviate her symptoms. Read this article to learn more about how I use CBT in therapy sessions. This woman seemed to be quite familiar with some of the … [Read more...] about Free Course for Anxiety/Depression: Bounce Back Program