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Are Past Relationship Triggers Keeping You Stuck in the Past? – How Couples Counselling Can Help

If you have ever experienced trauma in the past, you’ll likely feel that it still affects your life today. Healing from trauma can be a long-term process. But if you do not make an effort to heal, you can easily become stuck in the past. Even if you want to move forward, you may feel…
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How to Improve Relationship Communication Skills – Part 1: Becoming a Great Initiator

Communicating within a close relationship can be difficult. If you’ve ever hesitated to bring up an important issue with one of your loved ones, you know just how hard it can be to speak your truth when you’re afraid that doing so might hurt someone else or may lead to an argument. It can be…
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How to Improve Relationship Communication Skills – Part 2: Being a Better Inquirer

When we think about conversational skills, we often assume that this means focusing on what we say and how we say it. But listening and asking the right questions are both important skills too. And in the context of relationships, being a good listener is crucial! Ellyn Bader, co-founder of The Couples Institute, has extensively…
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Impacted by Seasonal Anxiety? – How To Protect Your Relationship

The change of the season can be very pleasant, especially with the holidays right around the corner. However, when you suffer from seasonal anxiety, it can be very difficult. Instead of enjoying the turn of the season, you may feel overwhelmed or withdrawn from your usual activities or socialization routines. Worse yet, you may feel…
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Moving on With Your Life After a Breakup / Divorce From a Narcissist

The road to recovery after a breakup is almost always a difficult one to navigate emotionally. Trying to move on from the abusive hold of a narcissist, however, can feel almost impossible. Whether you’ve been in a relationship with a narcissist for a few months or a few years, the emotional damage that is left…
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Parents, What Can You If Your Child Has Revealed They’re Suicidal?

As a parent, you strive to ensure that your child is healthy in every way. If you see their mental health slipping, it can leave you feeling extremely worried. And if you’re child reveals that they’re suicidal, then you may feel terrified and uncertain about what to do. When your child reveals suicidal thoughts to…
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Making Peace With Yourself When Societal and Cultural Gender Roles Create Pressure

Gender roles are an inevitable part of society, for better or for worse. They’re typically based in stereotypes. For example, a man is supposed to be the breadwinner, whereas the woman is a homemaker and mother. This is one of the most classic examples of gender roles. It can feel like an incredible burden to…
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Feeling Stuck in Life? – How To Harness the Energy of Small Victories

When we hit particularly difficult times in our lives, it can seem like absolutely nothing is going right. If you’re feeling stuck in life, it is often hard to get out of the rut. Worse yet, the deeper we fall into our slumps, the harder it is to get out. When it feels like we’re…
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Career and Singleness: A Look at Dating Dilemmas from a Professional’s Point of View

As a working professional, you’ve likely experienced firsthand how difficult it can be to manage a career and a dating life. Moreover, you may feel as though you must choose to either focus on your career or your dating life. In reality, you can have both—but there are always dilemmas involved. If you feel stuck…
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Navigating Romance When You Have a Demanding Career – Is It Even Possible?

If you have a demanding career, then you know all too well the sacrifices that come with it. Less free time, higher workload, and perhaps not the most eventful love life. Obviously, there are great perks to your career, but maybe you now find yourself wanting a little more romance. You may ask yourself: Is…
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