Got the Sunday Evening Blues?

We’ve all experienced it, the Sunday evening Blues! It’s the evening before we have to return to work on the “dreaded” Monday. Here are a few tips on how to change your attitude about the eve on Monday: Change your …

Core Beliefs – How to Refute Them!

I often discuss core beliefs when it comes to topics such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and abusive relationships. The idea is that we ALL have distorted beliefs that we develop about ourselves throughout our childhood that are usually strengthened …

The Anxious Mind & Catastrophic Thinking

Have you ever noticed that when you’re feeling anxious, your thoughts can get blown out of proportion? You might look back on a day that you were feeling especially anxious and upon reflection, you might think, “what was I thinking? …

Seasonal Affective Disorder – How to Cope!

After a beautiful, bright and hot summer, it can be difficult to adapt to autumn’s rain, cooler weather and grey sky. Leaving work with little daylight left can be difficult on our energy and motivation levels. Many people begin to …

Feeling Overwhelmed?

In my private practice, I often assist clients who report feeling overwhelmed in life. Feeling overwhelmed involves feeling highly anxious and disorganized, bombarded with obligations, depleted of energy, and feeling unproductive. The person’s mind is often overloaded with unhelpful / …

“Taming” Perfectionistic Tendencies

Are you a Perfectionist? Perfectionists are the individuals who hold a full time job, work over-time, volunteer, plan the family trips, are the friend who is always available, and the “glue” that holds the family together. They are the overachievers, …

Thoughts do not necessarily equal Reality

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy helps people to identify automatic thoughts that are causing distressing emotions as well as certain behaviours. We all have daily thoughts that run through our minds, some random unimportant thoughts, some neutral, some positive and of course, …

Recovering from Depression – recognizing improvement

During therapy sessions, it is common for clients to focus on the continued difficulties that they are experiencing as a result of their depression – poor sleep, lack of energy, sad mood, etc. and ignore the successes or positive changes …

Low Self-Esteem: Filling the Void within Ourselves

Individuals with low self-esteem often have core beliefs that they are unworthy, a failure, weak, or unloveable (and many more!). They often look for external sources to fill the void within themselves – they might seek out others for reassurance …

Self-Critical Thinking

We ALL occasionally have thoughts that are self-critical, toxic and destructive to our self-esteem. This may occur because of a traumatic or stressful event in one’s life, after a separation or divorce or some other life loss or stressor. What …