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Marriage and Couples Counselling- From a Penticton Therapist

July 31, 2013  |   Blog   |     |   0 Comment

After everything is said and done, when we ask ourselves what is meaningful and important to us- many of us can answer that the quality of our relationships is important. Bad relationships, conflicts within relationships, and hurt is pain in our relationships is very distressing. Dr John Gottman is a psychologist in Seattle who practices and teaches with his wife Dr. Julie Gottman his theory of relationships ...

Trauma- Recovery is Possible!

May 29, 2012  |   Blog   |     |   0 Comment

Trauma is the experience of a situation where one is either harmed or threatened to be harmed or witness to someone else’s harm or potential harm. How we cope with the exposure to the life-threatening situation can define trauma. Some individuals may have no ill effects and carry on life as usual. Other’s struggle through with physical symptoms such as having an intense overactive startle ...

A Wave of Emotion

February 27, 2012  |   Blog   |     |   0 Comment

I am always inspired by how naturally children are wired to regulate emotions. I was visiting a friend who shared with me how profound her three year-old daughter’s insight is into emotional pain. My friend had recently endured an emotionally painful loss, and through her grief she was tearful several times a day. Abigail sought to understand her mother’s emotions “Are you sad mommy?” Too ...

Build yourself a little piece of happiness…

January 17, 2012  |   Blog   |     |   0 Comment

I know if I start out writing this post about resolutions- it will seem a little late as we are already well into the third week of January. But, I have a great excuse! I have been super busy doing activities that bring me fulfillment and joy. My resolution is to do more of the things I enjoy as part of my plan in being ...

Mind Full or Mindful?

November 16, 2011  |   Blog   |     |   0 Comment

                    There is a new wave of practicing how we are in the world and it is called “mindfulness”. Mindfulness is self awareness and presence that helps us stay in touch and recognize patterns in our lives. The opposite of mindfulness is being on “autopilot” and dealing with consequences later. Autopilot is a state of mind, where we are “doing” instead of “being”. Autopilot is absentminded ...

Tips to Improve Sleep: From a Penticton Therapist

October 25, 2011  |   Blog   |     |   0 Comment

    In my last post, I covered several ways to optimize Mental Wellness. Sleep was briefly mentioned and I included a couple of practical tips to promote good sleep hygiene. Good sleep is so important I have decided to contribute a post to this entirely. Our brains need to rest and repair and they do this through the process of sleep. The benefits of sleep are usually taken for ...

Foundations for Emotional & Mental Wellness: Penticton Counsellor

October 11, 2011  |   Blog   |     |   0 Comment

Often we think of wellness in terms of physical health. What about emotional and mental well being- concentration and focus, a sharp memory, decision making, rationalization, ability to handle stress, and be emotionally stable? Have you ever considered what optimizes emotional and mental well being? We all have situations in our lives that are difficult and unpleasant. As humans we are biologically wired to experience emotions such as fear, sadness, and pain as a function of ...

Finding the Right Counsellor

October 07, 2011  |   Blog   |     |   0 Comment

Finding the Right Counsellor By Vickie Kampe M.Ed., RCC When we are looking for counselling and support, we are often in a vulnerable state, overwhelmed and confused, and feel a need for trust and safety. It’s difficult to know where to start looking for a therapist - the yellow pages? a Google search? ask a friend? the counsellor center downtown? a therapist recommended by a doctor? When selecting the counsellor to best help you three ...