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Have you been using the words “shame” and “guilt” interchangeably?  Understanding the difference between shame and guilt can help us unpack powerful emotions about ourselves and the experiences we’ve had. Firstly, shame moves inward.  It’s an internal felt sense that “I am bad” or “I am...

Martha Kauppi is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Sex Therapist, and she has some brilliant insights into why cultivating sexual desire is so complicated.  Getting in the mood is not just about lighting a few candles, listening to some smooth Marvin Gaye...

Do you love your smart phone? Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, oh my!  In today’s digital age there are thousands of apps to keep us connected around the world on our smart phone, working after-hours, and entertained day and night.  But is this such a good thing? You probably...

The Right Therapist For You Therapy is not always a walk in the park and often requires a lot of courage, but with a therapist who “gets you,” this process can be made much easier.  By considering your options to improve your life through counselling, you...

You might have heard about your ‘attachment style’ – the way in which you connected with and relied upon your parents or caregivers when you needed emotional support as a child.  Attachment styles often play out amidst your romantic relationships too.  The three most common...

By: Elizabeth Landau, Provisional Psychologist & Associate MFT   Mindfulness meditation is a particular form of meditation involving present-moment awareness, openness, and non-judgmental curiosity to one’s experiences.  Mindfulness encourages you to invite in all experiences, without labelling them as ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ What does this look like in...

You might have heard about various forms of counselling – from Freudian psychoanalysis, to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, exposure therapy, art therapy, and some of the more modern treatments like somatic experiencing and Brain Spotting – these days there are plenty of psychological treatments...

In intimate relationships, control looks like when one partner takes ‘ownership’ over the other partner’s sense of reality.  If one partner is frequently attempting to manage their partner’s feelings, either by minimising, exaggerating, or altogether denying their partner’s feelings, this is control-abuse and not healthy...

After having met a special someone, lots of the feel-good thoughts and emotions can come rushing in.  The first stages of romantic attraction often coincide with feelings of excited anticipation and a positive mood and outlook on life, even increases in the hormone oxytocin –...

By: Elizabeth Landau, Provisional Psychologist & Associate MFT   The Triangular Theory of Love was developed by Professor Robert Sternberg, and American Psychologist who distilled down the top three necessary pillars that any healthy relationship should have.  What are they? According to Sternberg, the top 3 most important...