Mindful Mulling: Embracing Winter for Mental Wellbeing

The seasons are changing and with colder temperatures comes a change in accessible coping mechanisms for many individuals. Going for a walk, exercising outdoors, or even sitting in the park are just a few of the examples of activities that become impractical or at the very least, uncomfortable to engage in during the colder months. […]

The Power of Letting Go: A Guide to Radical Acceptance

What is Radical Acceptance? Radical acceptance is a key concept and skill within Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapy developed by Marsha Linehan to help those diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Over time, DBT has been found to be effective in treating other mental conditions such as depression, anxiety […]

Helping young adults establish independent self-management

As teenagers transition into adulthood, an essential skill they need to develop is independent self-management. The ability to effectively manage various aspects of life, such as finances, time, and responsibilities, lays the foundation for a successful and fulfilling future. In this post, we will explore practical strategies and tips to help young adults establish and […]

Breaking Down Sensory Sensitivities

Each person has a unique sensory profile, meaning that every individual has different sensory preferences and sensitivities. Common preferences may include observing a sunset, smelling flowers, or listening to a favorite song. Often, we call upon our preferences to self-soothe, relax, or experience positive emotions. Sensitivities tend to cause discomfort or distress and can make […]

Reducing the Risk of Major Depression When You Live Alone

Living alone can be both liberating and challenging. On one hand, you have the freedom to do what you want, when you want. On the other hand, you may feel lonely or isolated, which can increase your risk of depression. Fortunately, there are several strategies you can use to reduce your risk of depression and […]

Understanding Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills

Emotions, emotions emotions. Many people have a love-hate relationship with their emotions especially, intense emotions. Are you someone who struggles with intense emotions or feels stuck in difficult situations? Well, DBT, or dialectical behavior therapy, might just be the tool you need to help you manage those emotions and behaviors. DBT is all about taking […]

Enmeshment Trauma: What is it?

Enmeshment trauma, or sometimes called emotional incest, refers to a family system that lacks boundaries. In an enmeshed family, the parents or caregiver inappropriately relies on the child to meet their emotional needs. The child, in turn, is not allowed to be emotionally independent and becomes more attuned with their parents’ needs than their own. […]

Managing Your Mental Health While Working Remotely

Three years after the beginning days of a global pandemic, many of us still find ourselves adjusting to completely virtual or hybrid work environments. Remote work offers opportunities for some that were not previously available, such as flexibility in working location and caretaking schedules, as well as a general increase in accessibility. However, working virtually […]

Meditation as a method for managing anxiety

Over the past few decades, meditation has become an increasingly popular tool for managing stress and anxiety. While meditation is traditionally practiced in several Eastern spiritual disciplines, it can be practiced secularly as well.  There are many different ways to mediate, however, most commonly mindfulness meditation is used to cope with anxiety. In mindfulness meditation, […]

What are trauma responses?

Trauma is the lasting emotional response that often results from living through a distressing event. Experiencing a traumatic event can harm a person’s sense of safety, sense of self, and ability to regulate emotions and navigate relationships. Symptoms of trauma include trauma responses. These various trauma responses may have been learned as a means of survival […]