Category Archives: Society

2 kinds of loneliness: why we feel alone in a crowd

Guest post by Lisa Voth, Somatic Therapist in Vancouver.      I have a theory that there are 2 kinds of loneliness. I know this is false because any kind of binary is automatically going to have holes in it. I … Continue reading

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What do parents need? Results from my survey

In February 2018 I asked Hamilton-area parents of children aged 0-12yrs  these questions: How would you describe the kind of social and emotional support you have for being a parent / caregiver? What’s going well? What’s missing? If there were … Continue reading

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Announcing the launch of The Moving Child documentary

On a personal and professional level I’m delighted to tell you about this film, made by my good friend and colleague Hana Kamea Kemble. My husband, son and I were filmed for the documentary over a number of years, beginning when … Continue reading

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Why it’s cool to be awkward

Many people come to see me because they feel socially-awkward and don’t enjoy it. They want more connection, they want more confidence, and they want to feel at ease. Who can blame them? As a therapist I help them see possible places they get … Continue reading

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The power of play

An unforeseen, recently-acquired hobby of mine is clowning. I’ve attended a few trainings with my now esteemed teacher Helen Donnelly in Toronto. Aside from being a skilled theatrical clown, she is also a therapeutic clown in children’s hospitals which impresses me even … Continue reading

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The challenge for Millennials

Here is a super interview with Simon Sinek from an episode of Inside Quest about the challenges that Millennials face. These are the folks born roughly 1984-2000.  I’m interested to hear what the Millennials watching this think. Is this true? Are you a … Continue reading

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5 unusual steps to reduce stress

“Is it normal to be so stressed?” “How do other people reduce stress? … Do they just breathe?!” These are some questions that stood out to me over the last few weeks since I heard them repeatedly from different clients. To give you a … Continue reading

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Interpersonal conflict? Try this.

Interpersonal conflict is inevitable in life. How we deal with it – both within ourselves and in communication with the other, can take us on very different paths.  Exploring our reactiveness can: help us understand ourselves more deeply find compassion for ourselves and … Continue reading

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Finding your holiday compass

There is a inflatable dinosaur with a santa hat eating a gift in the front garden of a neighbour. My 2 yr old is captivated by the dinosaur and excited about Santa but has no clue about baby Jesus. Hmm. The holiday, whether you celebrate Christmas … Continue reading

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Supporting the modern parent

“Baby’s are so precious” is a mindset that seems so ubiquitous, instinctive and ageless. But not so, as a book I’m enjoying called All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenting points out. Author Jennifer Senior notes that it wasn’t … Continue reading

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