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Managing your Anger

By CFSSC clinician,  Angie Blandford, B. Sc., MSW Emotions In the 20th century, Dr. Paul Ekman identified six basic emotions: Anger Disgust Fear Happiness Sadness Surprise In Dr. Ekman’s book, Emotions in the Human Face: Guidelines for Research and an Integration of Findings (1972), he states that these emotions are universal, hardwired, automatic and can trigger […]

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My first Family Service Day

By CFSSC communications intern, Ben Murray If you asked me three weeks ago what Family Service Ontario (FSO) is, I wouldn’t have been able to give you a good answer. I’m a Georgian College student just wrapping up a post-graduate diploma in Professional Writing. Three weeks ago I began my work placement at CFSSC with […]

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Three Steps to Better Boundaries

By CFSSC Clinician Joanna B, M.Sc., RP, RMFT It can be hard to say No. Standing up for oneself and setting boundaries with others is a common goal for clients in counselling. Our clients often share their struggle to refuse requests from others and to maintain appropriate boundaries. A few challenging situations for people who […]

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Evidence-Based Therapeutic Approaches

There are many therapeutic approaches that are well-used by mental health practitioners.  These approaches assist individuals, couples, and families in their efforts to improve their well-being and live healthy, meaningful lives. Below are three commonly-used approaches which are evidence-based and rigorously tested through research, and shown to be effective. All of these therapies are accompanied […]

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The Difference Between Psychotherapy and Counselling

This blog was written by CFSSC Clinician: Catherine Davey, RSW, MSW Candidate The terms counseling and psychotherapy are often used interchangeably, but there is a subtle and distinctive difference. Psychotherapy defined Psychotherapy is often treatment-based to address mental health issues such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders etc. It can be used in tandem with medication […]

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Gratitude- A Powerful Skill

Today’s blog was written by CFSSC Clinician Kelly Major, MSW, RSW. Living in the 21st century comes with many challenges and life stressors. Many people find their days filled with never-ending to-do lists of things they would like to accomplish while trying to manage the barriers that come up when trying to work towards their […]

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What is Mindfulness and Why is it Important?

Today’s blog was written by CFSSC Clinician Royce Tucker, B.A. (Hons.) Psychology., M.C. Counselling Psychology., RP., C.C.C. What is mindfulness? Mindfulness has its origins in the Buddhist tradition as a way to focus consciousness, increase present moment awareness and develop compassion and kindness towards self and other beings. It’s more of a way of being, rather […]

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Top 10 Anxiety Management Techniques

  The following was adapted from Margaret Wehrenberg’s book Ten Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques.   Anxiety can be defined as a feeling of worry or nervousness related to a real or an imagined event. Brief anxiety can help us adapt to our environment by motivating and keeping us safe. For example, being cautious around an area […]

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