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Mental Health and PCOS

You have probably heard about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) more often now than ever, and perhaps it is because individuals are feeling empowered to use their voice and share their story. Let us take a moment to understand what some of their daily struggles might be and how to support them in their journey.  PCOS

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Stress Management

Mental Health and Gut

Remember that “butterflies in your stomach” feeling when you are nervous? Well, that is the brain and the gut communicating through the nervous system, hormones, and the immune system to help regulate the body’s immune response. So, when you sense danger or the “fight or flight” response is activated, your body is diverting its energy

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Trauma

Birth Trauma

According to a 2018 study, it is estimated up to 45 percent of birthing persons report experiencing trauma during labour or childbirth (Beck et al., 2018). It is important to note that this number is likely higher, as many cases go unreported and undiagnosed, due to the stigma many new parents feel about how they

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Parenting

How To Navigate Social Anxiety As A Parent

The back-to-school season is typically a time when social anxiety can become more noticeable or begin to interfere with our children’s daily routines and behaviours. Two plus years of pandemic life have certainly added additional worries and unpredictability when it comes to how our kids make sense of the world. What is social anxiety in

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Relationships

Experiencing Grief

A few days ago, Muslims celebrated Eid al-Fitr. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan (the month of fasting). Visiting family is important during Eid. Since my family is back in Egypt, I usually spend a nice chunk of Eid calling my family instead. For a couple of days, I could not shake off the

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Relationships

How Can You Rebuild A Marriage After Infidelity?

Developing any relationship after infidelity is hard. When it comes to rebuilding a marriage after infidelity, a lot of reassurance, time and work would go into transforming the relationship. This is important for the partner who has been unfaithful to the spouse to develop patience and truly understand where their partner is coming from. Not

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Chronic Illness

Endometriosis and Mental Health

Being diagnosed with a chronic disease feels like a loss. I know what it’s like to have one. When I was diagnosed with endometriosis, I couldn’t stop thinking about what this meant for my future. Many women like me require repeat surgeries, which can be painful and overwhelming resulting in considerable deterioration in the quality

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Boundary Setting

Does The Gender Of Your Therapist Matter?

Choosing the gender of your therapist can be tricky because there are a lot of factors involved. This includes the comfort level of clients considering the opposite gender and what they are looking for from the therapist. Clients are the experts when it comes to making decisions about their life and how they want to

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Spirituality

How Do You Combine Spirituality and Therapy?

What is Spirituality? Spirituality can be described as an attempt to understand the meaning of existence, human nature, and can also be one’s internal compass of awareness. Spirituality can mean different things based on cultural belief systems about spirit and existence, and it can also describe a connection to something that is more than ourselves.

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Parenting

Helping Children Navigate Their Emotions

In the last few years, we have been living in a period of unpredictability. With this comes a lot of anxiety in our children. As parents we want our children to grow up to be curious, compassionate, courageous, caring, and creative (the 5 Cs).  Emotion regulation is the ability to exert control over one’s own

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