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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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How To Deal With The Holiday Blues

The holiday season is supposed to be a time of happiness, but for many, it is far from this. Unrealistic expectations, loss, and painful emotions can make this time of year sad and stressful. Here are a few ideas that may help you minimize your stress. Identify and acknowledge negative feelings If you feel emotions such as […]

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Mental Illness Awareness Week – October 2nd-8th 2016

Mental Illness Awareness Week Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness.  One of the major initiatives is the Faces of Mental Illness campaign which features the stories of Canadians living in recovery from mental illness. At […]

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Aging Parents

Aging Parents Aging is a natural part of living. If it takes you one minute to read this blog, you will be one minute older when you finish. Since our parents are older, how do we know the difference between the adjustments of the natural aging process and more significant changes that mean our parents […]

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