A painting of a solitary girls on a swing facing the moon, with her back to us.

Reading Time: 6 minutes An estranged family prioritizes the autonomy and individuality of each member, sacrificing emotional connection to one another. Similar to all groups and communities, the family members are attempting to cope with the tension between honoring individual preferences and beliefs and coalescing or uniting around a particular vision and set of values. The system operates with […]

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Disclaimer: These thoughts are based on my own experience and education in psychology I have received. They do not reflect the experiences or feelings of all trauma survivors. Control as a Trauma Response Growing up in an abusive home with all varieties of substance use, I was never short of trauma in my life. Few […]

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Self-improvement was something I continually strove for. I was always looking for a way to step out of my comfort zone and learn through new experiences. My interest in energy and alternative healing began with dedication to my yoga practice. I tried different styles from different instructors. Some classes were more fitness-based, with a strong […]

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Reading Time: 5 minutes The ability to use and interpret language is, as far as we are aware, a characteristic unique to the human species. It is an ability to express thoughts and feelings with spoken sounds, or written symbols, and for others to recognize and understand the meanings of these sounds and symbols. The term “language” may also […]

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Reading Time: 9 minutes I had initially written this blog post for the SWADE (Saskatoon Weight Attitudes & Disordered Eating) Committee I am apart of. I thought how relevant this is especially given our current circumstances globally. I know there are many individuals who do not have the proper coping strategies and internal safety to manage such stressful times…my […]

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Reading Time: 6 minutes During this worldwide pandemic I want to offer you inspiration, hope, and some of the threads of connection that can keep us sane during the (probably) prolonged disruption of life as we have known it. Some states are sheltering-in-place. Some states advise “keep 6 feet distance, wash your hands,” and so on; elsewhere you can […]

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A collage of a woman atop a rock holding her head, distressed a bit, with a solar eclipse behind her.

Reading Time: 9 minutes “You could have grown cold, but you grew courageous instead. You could have given up, but you kept on going. You could have seen obstacles, but you called them adventures. You could have called them weeds, but instead you called them wildflower. You could have died a caterpillar, but you fought on to be a […]

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Boundaries

February 19, 2020

Reading Time: 6 minutes There is no soft way to put it in words when you have been sexually abused as a child and that defined your sexuality and messed up your perception of friendship and intimacy. You can only become aware of it, accept it, hate it, hate everyone, use people, feel guilty about it, start the pattern […]

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An abstract painting of an contemplative woman's face.

Reading Time: 4 minutes Nine years ago I was committed to a psychiatric hospital for the first time and diagnosed: Bipolar Type I. I was 29 years old, had led a highly successful life regardless of my impulses and lack of self-care. I had a large community of friends, in various groups of co-workers, social clubs and barflies. Until the […]

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