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The biology of love

Have you ever had the experience of getting home from work to find your partner in a bad mood, and before you know it you are in a bad mood? There is a reason for this. In relationships where we … Continue reading

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How to handle the stress of moving in

When two people move in together, there’s often conflict at first. Some of my clients tell me they experience conflict over things like daily habits and routines when they move in with their partner. Moving in with your partner is … Continue reading

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Moody, sleep-deprived or depressed? Why teens need more sleep

  As we’re nearing the end of Mental Health Week, I want to bring some attention to the critical relationship between depression and sleep, particularly in teens. I also spoke about this issue for Mental Health Week on Global News. … Continue reading

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What about MEN who have postpartum depression?

Depression in men can be difficult to recognize, both for the man and anyone close to him. With Mental Health Week coming up, I’d like to discuss depression in men and new dads, which seems to be forgotten. As a … Continue reading

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Are couples who sleep apart really better off?

About 30 to 40 % of couples sleep apart, according to recent surveys led by Ryerson University. The surveys suggest that there could be some benefits to sleeping apart, especially among couples who sleep apart because of disturbances like snoring … Continue reading

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What is your Automatic Reaction?

Research shows most of our personality is formed by the time we are five years old. We go through a myriad of experiences as a young child, whose brain is developing. We learn who we are in the world, whether … Continue reading

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Addiction – Choosing the Right Path

Addictions are more common than you might think, as the brain can be addicted to a variety of things, including dieting, substances, pornography, shopping, sex, and adrenaline. There has been groundbreaking research on neuroplasticity in recent years, which shows that … Continue reading

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Meditation for Depression

Meditation is the focusing of one’s breathing and thoughts in a quiet way to expand self-awareness and consciousness. This practice can foster feelings of calmness, compassion, and reduce stress, anxiety, sadness and pain. The University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Chronic Pain

I counsel many clients who live with chronic pain, which remains a mystery for many. Overcoming chronic pain, as explained by Elliot Krane in this amazing video, requires a multidisciplinary approach, including psychotherapy, medication, and occupational therapy. Nicole

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Get Outside!

Do you feel sluggish, exhausted, or bored? Get outside! Recent findings published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology indicated that people who spent time in natural settings felt more alive, instantly had more energy, and had a heightened sense of … Continue reading

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