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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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Using Grounding to Detach from Emotional Pain

Source: Lisa Najavits, PhD   WHAT IS GROUNDING? Grounding is a set of simple strategies to detach from emotional pain (for example, drug cravings, self-harm impulses, anger, sadness). Distraction works by focusing outward on the external world—rather than inward toward the self. You can also think of it as “distraction”, centering,” “a safe place,” looking […]

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Managing Conflict Well: Listening Before Reacting

Today’s blog was written by one of our in-house clinicians: Ricky Giesbrecht, MA, RP, CCC. Conflict can be messy, especially if emotions are spiked and the issues are personal. It can be especially difficult to respond to anger, volatility, and reactivity. Very few of us could be considered master communicators, who can calmly navigate a treacherous conversation. […]

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9 Reasons Why Communication Fails

When an argument arises between someone and their significant other, child or another family members, often failed communication hinders the situation from improving. They love and care for one another and probably don’t want to be in this dispute, yet they repeat the same cycle of conflict, over and over again. The following infographic shows […]

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Interview with a CFSSC Clinician – Royce Tucker

Royce Tucker has worked with CFSSC for close to 3 years. He holds an Honors Bachelors in Psychology, a Masters in Counselling Psychology and has certification in Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. Royce is a registered Psychotherapist and a Canadian Certified Counsellor. Tell us your story of how you became a clinician During my undergraduate studies, […]

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