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Self-Reflection

Practicing Reflection

I recently came across a story that has been stuck on my mind since. A person shared that their “secret” to living a long life was to live a life of reflection. Their body was around 30 years old, but they expressed feeling like they have lived for 60 years.  The person played their own

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Stress Management

Coping with school stress

School can be super exciting for some, and the main source of stress and worry for others. These strong feelings can happen whether you’re starting a new semester or even the Sunday night before your 8 AM.  Feeling worried or anxious is a very normal response to school and stress, whether you’re in college, highschool

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Relationships

Does Ethnicity/Race of Your Therapist Matter?

The question of if your potential therapists’ race or ethnicity matter is a question that is often posed. This is a very complex question, and there is no specific correct answer. Therapists are all trained to provide a safe space for their client with empathy and active listening skills as well as only work within

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(In)Fertility

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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