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Advice From My Dad

One of the most important lessons of my life, I learned from my Dad. I was a teenager and we were driving down the road. I sat in the front …

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The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture

“Trauma is not what happens to you: it is what happens inside you as a result of what happens to you.” From The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness & Healing …

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Trauma Therapy

More Than Fight or Flight: The 4F’s and How They Relate to Trauma

We’ve probably all heard of the fight or flight response – that is, the innate way that the body responds to actual or perceived threat. For years it’s been thought …

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How to Help Someone Refusing to Attend Therapy

One of the most powerless feelings in the world is seeing someone you love struggling with their mental health and not being able to help them. Our natural inclination is …

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Curious George: A monkey for All Ages

For those of you who don’t know who Curious George is; he is a fictional character in a children’s book and cartoon series. Curious George is a monkey that has …

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A Therapist’s Experience Receiving EMDR Therapy

I am a new therapist who has recently had the privilege of beginning my dream of providing trauma therapy with Rising Tides Counselling. My name is Melanie Barber and I …

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Art Therapy

Linking Art Therapy, Trauma, and Children

What is Art Therapy? Art therapy may be most simply understood as the intentional integration of art materials in the therapeutic process. This process is facilitated by a trained art …

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Instilling Your Power While Helping Others

Last month I attended a joint, female military/civilian retreat in Saskatchewan where I met outstanding people who have given community service to their country and extremities when in need of …

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5 Quick Tips For Improving Self-Esteem

Low self-esteem is a very common symptom that brings people into therapy. People are usually aware of the very critical voice that is taking up too much space in their …

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Trauma Therapy

The Three Phases of Trauma Treatment

Introduction: “Why do I need to pay for a therapist when I can just talk to my friend for free?” “How many sessions of therapy do I actually need?”  “How …

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