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What to do if someone you love self-harms.

Not a week goes by that a therapist doesn’t hear about a client or a client’s friend self-harming. This is particularly true Continue reading “What to do if someone you love self-harms.”

6 steps to changing your judgemental ways

“The way I see it, you’re wrong”.

Or, depending on your mood, the  wrong could be: ‘stupid’, ‘fat’,  ‘ugly’, ‘badly dressed’, ‘choosing the wrong spouse’, ‘choosing the wrong car’, ‘eating the wrong foods’, ‘living in a horrible house’ or  ‘being a terrible parent’.

Pick your poison.   Continue reading “6 steps to changing your judgemental ways”

Thinking Out Loud: Perception is Everything

tanya thinking out loudOn a chilly morning not long ago I had one of those ‘wow’ moments.  You know, when you’re driving along and you are just immediately struck by how beautiful the sunrise is, or the way the light bounces off your child’s hair. Continue reading “Thinking Out Loud: Perception is Everything”

Thinking Out Loud: Navigating friendships and personal epiphanies

Sally Thinking Out LoudI think it was Goodfellas, definitely a mafia film, where I saw the following scene:

This guy owed our hero, his friend, $10. Our hero was having a lot of trouble retrieving the money, he kept on trying but his ‘friend’ was creative with excuses.

We’ve all been there right? Continue reading “Thinking Out Loud: Navigating friendships and personal epiphanies”

50 Shades: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Valentine’s Day.  A day to celebrate our love for those dearest to us.  A time to make gestures – big and small – that show how much we care.

And in 2015, it will also be known as the weekend when ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ hit theaters.

#sigh. Continue reading “50 Shades: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”

6 fake apologies and how to spot them:

We are certain that you, like ourselves, have been left feeling a little chilled at some point after receiving a long-awaited apology. Instead of feeling relief, you’re left with a churning stomach, your heart is thumping, you’re feeling de-centred, uncertain, maybe even irritated. Your gut telling you that this relationship is still not right even though you got the “sorry”. Continue reading “6 fake apologies and how to spot them:”

Detox your friendships: making healthy relationship choices

Did you know that friendships have an average shelf life of 7 years? The ones that last longer are the deeper friendships that are truly nourishing and good. They are worth your investment, because the joy, fun, trust, encouragement and support outweigh the irritations, the upset, the clashes (which are normal). Even if you rarely actually see eachother!

Cool.

But what about the friendships – and we’ve all had them – where the bad outweighs the good?? Continue reading “Detox your friendships: making healthy relationship choices”

If you’re down, don’t get up (just yet): 5 Tips to help you heal

We know this might seem odd – controversial even – but we believe that it’s not always in our best interest to get up and dust ourselves off the moment we’ve had a setback.

Let us explain.

Of course, we agree it is important to develop a sense of ‘I can do this!’ (resilience) in the face of challenges.  However, Continue reading “If you’re down, don’t get up (just yet): 5 Tips to help you heal”

When holiday hell is other people: “Staying sane holiday guide” part 2.

So here’s part two of guide to staying sane for the holidays.

The social part of the Festive Season is fun, ideally. It’s when we get to connect with old friends, family, make new connections too. It can be an incredibly nurturing time and full of genuine care and love.

There’s nearly always an accompanying pressure though isn’t there? Continue reading “When holiday hell is other people: “Staying sane holiday guide” part 2.”

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